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Return of the Atom, dir. Mika Taanila & Jussi Eerola, 2015

Nuclear Renaissance: Return of the Atom + discussion

19 Oct 2017

This screening will be followed by a discussion between director Mika Taanila and expert on nuclear aesthetics Dr Ele Carpenter

This event launches an epic London-wide survey of Finnish modernist artist Mika Taanila's moving image work. With a powerful score by Pan Sonic, Return Of The Atom is a satirical documentary on this millennium's nuclear renaissance, exploring the first nuclear power plant built worldwide since the Chernobyl disaster and its implications on the local and global community.

The feature will be preceded by Zone Of Total Eclipse, a 16mm experiment in which sound is used to measure the passage of time, and Man And Science, a flicker piece exploring the dominant themes of Taanila's practice: human engineering, utopias, failures and man as machine. The screening will be followed by a wide-ranging debate between the director, Mika Taanila, and curatorial researcher in Nuclear Culture, Dr Ele Carpenter.

All films in this screening are UK premieres and this event is programmed in association with Wire Magazine and, with special thanks to Av-Arkki and Deckert Distribution

RETURN OF THE ATOM Trailer | Festival 2015

Return Of The Atom, dir. Mika Taanila & Jussi Eerola, 2015, 110 mins, colour, DCP
Man And Science, dir. Mika Taanila, 2011, 37 secs x 6, 16mm
Zone Of Total Eclipse , dir. Mika Taanila, 2006, 6 mins, 16mm x 2

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