A Great Mess (Orig. Suurenmoinen sotku)


A Great Mess is a site-sensitive performance staged on a hilltop called Vuosaarenhuippu, a former landfill site that has been converted into a recreational area.

The performance approaches the site as a historically unique multispecies meeting place. It looks at how the place came into being through the interaction of soil, countless organisms, and human imagination. A Great Mess visualises how the vast web of interdependencies in which we exist with other species has gradually evolved and continues to evolve each day. The performance will be adapted to a new site in Kuopio as part of ANTI Contemporary Art Festival in September 2021.

Please note that the performance is not fully accessible and is intended to be experienced walking through nature. This site sensitive piece can be adapted for different landfills.

The performance is part of Helsinki Biennial.


WAUHAUS is a Helsinki-based multidisciplinary arts collective. The works WAUHAUS creates are situated between different genres of art and take place at various venues, from small black box theatres to urban sites, large stadiums, and the main stages of established theatre houses. The members of WAUHAUS are Scenographer Laura Haapakangas, Director Anni Klein, Scenographer Samuli Laine, Sound Designer Jussi Matikainen, Choreographer Jarkko Partanen, New Media Artist Jani-Matti Salo, and Sound Designer Heidi Soidinsalo, working together with Producer Julia Hovi.



  • Working Group: Laura Haapakangas, Anni Klein, Samuli Laine, Jussi Matikainen, and Jarkko Partanen
  • Performers: Per Ehrström and Sara Grotenfelt
  • Producer-performer: Mira Eskelinen
  • Evolutionary Biologist : Aura Raulo
  • Scenography Assistant: Siiri Matinpuro
  • Sound Technician: Timo Tikka
  • Production: WAUHAUS, HAM Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki Biennial, ANTI Contemporary Art Festival
  • Supporters: Kone Foundation, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, City of Helsinki, Tre Smeder Foundation, Konstsamfundet
  • Premiere year: 2021
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Audience: Adults, Youth
  • Stage dimensions: 60 ha


Julia Hovi, Producer


+358 45 277 4560