The Most Electrified Town in Finland

Artist: Mika Taanila
installation, video | Three-channel video installation | 2012

The large triple-screen installation The Most Electrified Town in Finland (2012) presents a 15-minute long portrayal of Eurajoki, a small town of 6,000 inhabitants on the west coast of Finland and home to a nuclear construction site. With two nuclear reactors up and running since the 1970s, Eurajoki planned the construction of a third one, Olkiluoto 3 (OL3), intended to be the world’s most efficient nuclear reactor. The construction project ran into serious delays and its opening, originally planned for May 2009, has been postponed multiple times, the current estimate being September 2019. At a cost of ten billion euro, it is estimated to be the world’s second most expensive building (after a hotel complex called Abraj al-Bait, in Mecca). Combining images of the construction site, images of nature, found footage and observations of the employees on-site, TMETIF creates a poetic compilation of a nuclear dream, trying to become reality against the backdrop of its surrounding; the town's ambitions to become “The Most Electrified Town in Finland,” and those of its local residents. The Most Electrified Town in Finland (2012) was created for and first presented at dOCUMENTA 13. The installation is based on the feature documentary Return of the Atom which Mika Taanila and Jussi Eerola worked on since 2004 and which premiered in 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Documenta 13 | 2012.06.09 - 2012.09.16 | Brüder-Grimm-Museum | documenta-Halle(Kassel, Germany) | Hauptbahnhof(Kassel, Germany) | Karlsaue | Karlsaue park(Kassel, Germany) | Museum Fridericianum(Kassel, Germany) | Neue Galerie(Kassel, Germany) | Oberste Gasse 4(Kassel, Germany) | Orangerie(Kassel, Germany) | Ottoneum(Kassel, Germany) | Untere Karlsstr. 14