“Mika Taanila’s films are reconstructed documents from a future that has already been rendered impossible; which is another way of saying that they are true works of art”
—Ken Hollins, ‘Activate Only When Absolutely Necessary’, 2013
Filmmaker Focus is devoted to the presentation of a series of works by a single filmmaker, whose considerable body of work experiments with the documentary form to investigate the implications of technological development and innovation.
Spring 2014 focuses on an overview of the documentary films of Mika Taanila, who has created acclaimed works of film, video, photography, installation and sound over the past 20 years. Reflecting on utopian technological innovators across the fields of engineering, architecture and music, Taanila’s films explore unsung genius and delve into the gap between technological progress and society’s looming destruction, to uncover the successes and failures of a century of progress.