Mika Taanila’s Plastic Heart tells the musical “birth story” of the Futuro
Mika Taanila: Plastic Heart
17 August - 16 September 2018
The Futuro House, Exhibition Centre WeeGee
Immersive 18-channel sound installation, duration: 14 min, loop
Futuro turns 50 years this year. To celebrate the jubilee year, the City of Espoo invited artist and filmmaker Mika Taanila to create a new artwork based on the Futuro. The result is Plastic Heart, a multi-channel sound installation which can only be heard inside the Futuro.
Taanila composed the artwork using only authentic sounds associated with the plastic materials from which the Futuro is fabricated. The sounds are recorded in March 2018 at a factory specialised in restoring Futuro houses, Ekin Muovi based in Virtasalmi, Central Finland.
Straddling somewhere between documentary and fantasy, the work conjures images of plastics production back in 1968, a time when society was yet oblivious to what would later emerge as one of the greatest environmental threats of our time: microplastics polluting our oceans. Plastic Heart transforms the oval interior of the house into an echo chamber, immersing the visitor in the musical “birth story” of the Futuro while recapturing a sense of the techno-optimism and faith in progress embraced by bygone generations.
Over the years, the Futuro designed by architect Matti Suuronen has captured the imagination of artists, designers and the public at large all around the world. Mika Taanila has a special relationship with the Futuro. He has directed a documentary about the Futuro, and many of his other works similarly reflect on the relationship between humans and technology as well as utopian and dystopian visions of the future. In his own words, Plastic Heart is a “film without film” – it is an artwork that takes us on a concrete journey to the core of the Futuro.
Plastic Heart is produced by the Exhibition Centre WeeGee / Espoo Event and Cultural Services in collaboration with the EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, with support from Ekin Muovi, Finnvox Studiot and Genelec.
Plastic Heart is a part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Futuro house at Exhibition Centre WeeGee. The installation can be experienced inside the Futuro house from 17 August to 16 September during the opening hours of the Exhibition Centre WeeGee.
Plastic Heart is part of the Helsinki Festival programme.
Mika Taanila: Plastic Heart
Exhibition Centre WeeGee / Espoo Event and Cultural Services
In collaboration with the EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art
Finnvox Studiot Oy
Olli Huhtanen, Sound designer
Mikko Kolehmainen, Sound FX Recordist, technical consulting
Mikko Rothfors, Producer
Sami Sarhamaa, Re-recording mixer
With thanks to
Ekin Muovi Oy
Picture: Mika Taanila in the Future house at WeeGee. Photo: Ari Karttunen/EMMA/WeeGee