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Date: 02 Oct 2017

An artist, director and documentarist, Mika Taanila goes beyond the various planes of contemporary art. His work includes documentaries, feature length films and installations that are built according to the principles of connection, interaction and collaboration. Using sound and image with documentary and advanced experimental filming, Taanila approaches cinema with modernity and progress through his own techniques and vision.

A retrospective of his work will take place in London from October 19 and October 22 in 2017 at Whitechapel Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Close-Up Film Centre (Shoreditch), Cafe Oto (Dalston) and Central Saint Martins School of Art.

Leman Locke will also be hosting a video installation of 2013's structuralist, reductionsist video and sound piece  My Silence.

My Silence experiments with what happens when you take out the most important element from a specific film. Extracted from Louis Malle's 1981 drama/comedy 'My Dinner with Andre' a film renowned for its multi-layered dialogue.

The concept of Taanila's work emerges from the contemplation of the future for the world and mankind; feeling more relevant than ever.

Guests of Leman Locke and the public are welcome to view and experience My Silence from October 18 until October 23.


Part of a mid-career survey of Taanila’s work, featuring over thirty moving image works, three installations, and radical cultural interventions presented or made across London: 19 October, Return of the Atom screening at ICA; 20 October, Ruton Music performance featuring Mika Taanila, Charles Hayward & more at Café Oto; 21 October, Film After Film screening programme at Whitechapel Gallery; 16-22 October extented exhibits, Thank you for the Muzak on NTS and 6 October, prologue Render Ghosts at Central Saint Martins.

Curated by keeper of the sacred knowledge at Close-Up Film Centre, and superior managing director at purge.xxx, Stanley Schtinter.

Special thanks to Frame Finland, the Finnish Film Foundation, Lasse Saarinen, Av-Arkki and the Finnish Institute for making this programme possible.