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Some Unexpected Remnants opens at The Helsinki Art Museum HAM

A two-channel video installation by WAUHAUS and Jonatan Sundström, commissioned and curated by The Helsinki Art Museum HAM, opens as part of the group exhibition Shared Space (March 3–August 13, 2023).

Photo: Jonatan Sundström / WAUHAUS

Some Unexpected Remnants is an independent fragment of A Great Mess, a performance that premiered at the 2021 Helsinki Biennial. The video work takes us to the peak of Vuosaarenhuippu, a former landfill that has been transformed into a recreational area, and to an active, partially landscaped waste centre in Kuopio. The video unfolds in a seemingly frozen but ever-expanding moment in time that evokes the idea of cyclicity and circularity.

In addition to Some Unexpected Remnants, the exhibition at HAM presents A Great Mess – The Manual. The manual consists of a script and instructions for restaging the performance at a later time. The multi-part commission has been accessioned to the City of Helsinki’s art collection, which is managed by HAM.

HAM’s group exhibition Shared space focuses on art in public space and reflects on coexistence and the sense of place. Along with WAUHAUS the exhibition features artists Alma Heikkilä, Nayab Ikram, Sanna Kannisto, Jan Lütjohann, Other Spaces and Bogna Luiza Wiśniewska. The exhibition focuses on art in public space and reflects on coexistence and the sense of place. For more information on the exhibition, visit

Working group of Some Unexpected Remnants: from WAUHAUS Laura Haapakangas, Julia Hovi, Juni Klein, Jussi Matikainen and Jarkko Partanen working together with video artist Jonatan Sundström, and in collaboration with voice artists Marketta Tikkanen and Aksinja Lommi, and composer Tomi Pekkola.

A Great Mess – The Manual working group: WAUHAUS members Juni Klein, Samuli Laine, Jussi Matikainen and Jarkko Partanen. The visuals are based on photographs by Katri Naukkarinen and Pekka Mäkinen and video by Jonatan Sundström.

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