Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Conditional Cinema

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Part 3: The Obsolete Human

The third and final part of the Conditional Cinema project brings together works that focus on a cinema where the human element has become unnecessary or, indeed, obsolete. In three separate screenings, it examines three conditions that might come to the fore – the screen, the weather and, finally, non-human actors, all of which play into a non-anthropocentric cinema.


“The Condition of the Screen” revolves around the basically impossible idea of “emptiness” in cinema, featuring both historical works and world premieres of new works.


“Weather Conditions” seeks to report how man-made scripted dramas are often inferior to séances staged by mundane observations of our daily weather.


“The Human Condition” completes the series with works where the human part is taken over by non-human elements, for example in the world premiere of Manuela de Laborde’s now completed three year-cycle Ficciones, a cinematic project where clay sculptures have become organic living creatures on film.

The Conditional Cinema project concludes with an artist talk reviewing the trajectory of the series, which investigated over three years how “live cinema” responds to the decline of manual labour and the problem of obsolete humans.



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.


And Looking back at 2019 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 Padiglione Esprit Nouveau Bologna (2020), STUK Leuven 2018, Kiasma Helsinki (2013/14), CAM St. Louis (2013) and TENT Rotterdam (2013). In 2014, he curated the “Memories Can’t Wait – Film without Film” programme in Oberhausen.