Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Conditional Cinema

Mika Taanila and Caspar Stracke © Kurzfilmtage / Daniel Gasenzer


Part 2: The Cinema of words


Sometimes words speak louder than actions. The second cycle of Conditional Cinema focuses on the human voice and language as central cinematic ingredients, celebrating "spoken film" and the "cinema of words.


"Finnish-German artist collective Speech Karaoke Action Group invite audiences to participate in a real-time collage of speeches about cinema and to choose - and perform - their favourite "film speech" from avast pool, just like a favourite song in a traditional karaoke event. Peter Miller will continue his explorations of the cinema space, this time highlighting the human presence and real-time sounds produced manually. Mexican filmmaker Manuela de Laborde talks about the second phase of her three-year film-in-progress Ficciones. Marguerite Duras' Le Camion is a true manifest of the conditional, extreme imaginary cinemaof possibilities. The narrative is haunting love story, a full exploitationof the viewer's ability to imagine and construct the whole film from minimal clues.The three-year Conditional Cinema project maps territories of cinemaand cinema culture that can be defined as "unfinished scenarios" or"movie skeletons." In 2020 things will come full circle with the focus on the theme "The Obsolete Human."


Contact: Kristina Henschel

About the project


Mika Taanila’s project for Oberhausen is an investigation of “live cinema” as a tool to explore the utopias of art after Capitalism. Taking up some of the strands Taanila addressed in his hugely successful 2014 “Memories Can’t Wait – Film Without Film” programme for Oberhausen, “Conditional Cinema” puts the emphasis on the idea of live “films” and how they respond to the decline of manual labour and the problem of obsolete humans. “Conditional Cinema” is designed as a three-year project.


Looking back at 2018 here.

The curator


Mika Taanila is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Helsinki. His works have been shown, among others, at the Venice Biennale 2017, Aichi Triennale 2013 and Documenta 2012. Solo shows include Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki (2013-14), CAM St. Louis (2013) and TENT Rotterdam (2013).

Conditional Cinema 1


Film Speeches, Speech Karaoke Action Group/Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Finland, 2019, 90’00”


Thu, 2 May, 19:30 h

Lichtburg Filmpalast/Gloria

Conditional Cinema 2


Ficciones (rushes), Manuela de Laborde, Germany/Mexico, 2019, 15’00”

This Thing Connecting Us, Peter Miller, Germany, 2019, 20’00”

Frames per Second (performance), Peter Miller, Germany, 2019, 15’00”


Sat, 4 May, 19:30 h

Lichtburg Filmpalast/Gloria

Conditional Cinema 3


The Better Way Back to the Soil, Youki Hirakawa, Japan, 2017, 7’30”

Le Camion, Marguerite Duras, France, 1977, 76’00”


Sun, 5 May, 14:30 h

Lichtburg Filmpalast/Gloria