Mika Taanila: Future is Not What It
Used To Be (FIN 2002, production: Kinotar Ltd.)
DEAL intermedia performance (Ilona Jäntti, Topi Tateishi,
Pan sonic plays Kurenniemi (Live: DIMI-A, Andromatic, Electric
A pioneer of electronic art in Finland,
Erkki Kurenniemi (born 1941) composed computer-based music and
designed his own instruments as early as the 1960’s. His
career embraces music, film, computers, robotics – in other
words, both art and science – with natural ease.
Future is Not What It Used To Be
is the latest documentary by Mika Taanila, the director of Futuro
– A New Stance for Tomorrow (1998). It features never-before-seen
archival material from the early years of electronic art, including
excerpts from Kurenniemi’s unfinished experimental short
films. The documentary entwines the past with the present, i.e.
with the protagonist’s manic archival project, in which
Kurenniemi records his thoughts, everyday observations, images
and objects, constantly and obsessively. All this in an effort
to combine man and machine – to reconstruct the soul of
In the intermedia performance Deal
(1971) the dancers create their own live soundtrack by using Kurenniemi’s
DIMI-O video synthesizer, which converts the movements recorded
by the video camera into real-time sounds and music. This reconstruction
of the piece features air acrobat Ilona Jäntti, hip hop influenced
urban street dancer Topi Tateishi, and musician Mikko Ojanen.
The night culminates in a live performance
by Pan sonic: Mika Vainio and Ilpo Väisänen will play
a special repertoire using Kurenniemi’s original, restored
1960’s instruments called the Andromatic, the DIMI-A, and
the Electric Quartet, the latter of which will feature two surprise
guests as its third and fourth players.
Thursday 21.11.2002 - Kiasma Theatre
19:00 - Homage to Erkki Kureniemmi