Mika Taanila (b. 1965) is an artist based in Helsinki. His projects address the notion of human engineering, whether it’s film-making, visual arts or music.
Taanila’s films have been screened at several international film festivals and special events. Festival screenings include Toronto International Film Festival, IFFR Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand, Karlovy-Vary Film Festival, Midnight Sun Film Festival, IDFA Amsterdam, Berlinale and Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage.
His moving image installations have been shown at major international group shows, such as Aichi Triennale (2013), Documenta (2012), Shanghai Biennale (2006) and Berlin Biennale (2004). Solo shows include balzerprojects, Basel (2016), Kiasma Helsinki (2013–14), CAM St. Louis (2013), Badischer Kunstverein (2008) and Migrosmuseum, Zurich (2005).
In 2015 Taanila was awarded The Ars Fennica prize. He will participate in the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, as one of the artists in the Nordic Pavilion.