Time and Matter

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Technology Documentary with no narration published by YLE in 2005 - English language

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A remarkable collection of short films and documentaries for the people of tomorrow. Come see the utopia of plastic architecture. Discover the challenging world of Finnish scientist, artist and philosopher Erkki Kurenniemi, inventor of DIMI (Digital Musical Instruments) series. Witness mysterious scientific experiments, enjoy a symphony for matrix-printers and see a team of robots challenge the reigning world champion football team. Enter the unique and futuristic world of Finnish filmmaker Mika Taanila. Born 1965 in Helsinki where he lives and works, Mika Taanila is an artist working fluently in the fields of documentary filmmaking and visual arts. His films deal with the the significant and alarming issues of human engineering and urban artificial surroundings. Taanila specializes on the futuristic ideas and utopias of contemporary science.

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Futuro is a journey back in time to our recent futuristic past. It's a documentary about the rise and fall of the plastic Futuro house, the story of a 'Space Age' utopia that almost came true. Documentary turns the history of this forgotten milestone in Finnish design into a story full of international colour and drama. It traces the development of Suuronen's 'purely mathematical idea' into a multipurpose commodity which is eventually destroyed by time.

[edit] RoboCup '99

A sportfilm where the researchers of artificial intelligence share their vision of the future. The film shows the various stages of the third successive tournament, held at Stockholm City Conference Centre in 1999. It culminates in the middle sized robot's final between Sharif CE Teheran (Iran) and the Azzurra Robot Team (Italy).

[edit] A Physical Ring

Attached to the ceiling, the film camera is aimed at a right angle downward and it reveals a scene in black and white. In the middle of the floor, there is a composition reminiscent of a moving cubistic sculpture. In the centre of the rectangular base, there is a circular board revolved by a belt outside the frame area. This section is encircled by a thin band stretching as far as the borders of the frame area: it vibrates elastically while the electronic soundtrack follows its rhythm. Are we looking at a weird electronic happening or a moving studio set for an old science fiction film?

[edit] The Future is not What It Used to be

A documentary film about Erkki Kurenniemi (b. 1941), whose career represents a surprisingly natural blend of music, film, computers, robotics, science and art. His project of collecting everything around him will perhaps be the most significant of all his works. Kurenniemi records his thoughts, observations, objects and images constantly, with manic precision, with the ultimate goal of merging man and machine - reconstructing the human soul. Kurenniemi's story is a fascinating and forceful depiction of a forgotten visionary; it is significant because of the cultural history of the unique, never- before-seen archive material alone. The documentary includes footage of the unique DIMI-instruments developed by Kurenniemi, and segments from unfinished experimental short films from the 1960s. The Future is not what it used to be is a film about the 1960s avant-garde in music and film, the early history of microcomputers and the open questions of 21st century science. Audio commentary by Mika Taanila and Erkki Kurenniemi.

[edit] Optical Sound

Optical sound continues the series of films by Mika Taanila which deal with technology, humanity, and futuristic ideas. Office technology becomes obsolete very quickly. Old tools transform into musical instruments. The film is based on the Symphony # 2 for 12 Dot Matrix Printers, composed by [The User]. Audio commentary by [The User].

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Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
Video Bitrate: 2567 kbps
Video Resolution: 720x432
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.667:1
Frames Per Second: 25.000
Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192kb/s - 448kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2 -6
Audio Languages: english / finnish
RunTime Per Part: 4 mins 25 s - 52 mins 28s
Number Of Parts: 5
Part Size: 87 MB - 944 MB
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