5 March –
23 April 2005
This is the first one-person gallery survey in the UK of recent film-works by Finnish artist Mika Taanila. It includes the premiere of Taanila’s new film, Optical Sound, co-commissioned by SPACEX, LUX and Kinotar.
Mika Taanila studied cultural anthropology in Helsinki, video design in Lahti, and worked as a documentary filmmaker and director of music videos, as well as an artist. A common theme is a fascination with science fiction, and the futuristic ideas and utopias of the recent past. There is a focus upon the technological dreams of the previous generation.
In the film Futuro – A New Stance for Tomorrow (1998) Mika Taanila explores the history of an icon of space-age design, the 100% plastic Futuro House designed by Matti Suuronen in 1968; an egg-shaped, prefabricated portable building.
The film traces the short history of this structure, which symbolizes ‘the dream of the future’ of the late 1960s, examining the utopian, ‘Made-In-Finland’ vision, and also how the oil crisis put an abrupt end to the project in 1974.
Today the Futuro House stands for a utopia that almost came true.
Take over Tuesdays
8 / 15 / 22 March 2005
3 – 5 year olds
Come and take over the gallery in this fun series of workshops for pre-school children and their parents / carers. Activities include creating dens, making up stories and making artwork inspired by Mika Taanila’s films