Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Conditional Cinema

(c) Kurzfilmtage/Daniel Gasenzer

Live cinema
4– 6 May


Mika Taanila’s new 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.


Designed as a three-year project, “Conditional Cinema” will be launched in 2018 with works that are based on a notion of moving images as an essentially fluid art form, conceived as procedural, collective or improvised – as “happening right now”.


The line-up in 2018 includes Manuela de Laborde's new work Ficciones which is a cinematic project of living-sculptures and their slow narrative in three movements. The protagonists – made out of clay, abstract, and hollow – will host an ecosystem of moss.


In his works Peter Miller (Venice Biennale 2017) shifts the focus from storytelling to the magic of the projection event itself. For “Conditional Cinema” he will present an array of short films, including the premiere of his new cinema performance ST*R.


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).


Contact: Kristina Henschel