Art & circus labyrinth
under the ground
26.9. – 20.12.2018, Helsinki.
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A metallic cube stands alone in the middle of a park. You open one of its heavy doors, and as you step inside, a soft breath of misty air surrounds you. You walk down the stairs. On the hundredth step it really starts to feel like you are deep under the ground. Your breath evaporates in the dimly lit rooms. A curious creature squirms in the ceiling. Sometimes the light is bright, sometimes low. You turn a corner, and meet tender eyes; a soft touch; slow motion, and speeding time. You have entered the labyrinth.
Underneath, a new art experience by Recover Laboratory, invites you to come under the ground and into yourself. It is an unforgettable, absurd journey to all things humane and being a human, set in a public shelter in Meilahti, Helsinki. Here, you can escape the heavy weight of reality into a parallel dimension, underneath everything.
The artwork takes the form of a labyrinth under the ground. It is filled with art, circus, theater, sound, light, video, music and anything else. All the individual artworks come together underneath the ground and underneath the skin, and create an ever-expanding holistic world, where everything is important. You can look, you can join, you can touch, you can feel, examine or withdraw.
Everyone enters this cave alone. But worry not! These creatures are among the kindest you could ever find. Underneath is a secure space, where you can really be alone with only your thoughts. The creatures you meet along the way are weird, tender, and curious; they have been stripped of all the fear and anger of human beings. They lead you gently into your own mind inside the multisensory artwork. Only this exact moment exists, and alongside it an eternal fascination.
Underneath is created in a public shelter in Meilahti, in collaboration with the Rescue Department of Helsinki. The space, mined into bedrock, is used a shelter in case of an emergency for the people living in the area. Now, it transforms into a shelter for the Recover Laboratory Beings, who will live in their strange freedom and their strange world inside the cave for a few months in the winter of 2018.
Direction and artistic direction: Miradonna Sirkka and Sofi Häkkinen
Production and experience design: Inna Huttunen

Iida-Liina Linnea
Emmi Myrskog
Anna Kankila
Aleksi Kinnunen
Samuli Kivelä
Hedda Liukkala
Riku Nieminen
Anna Pesonen

Production assistant: Emmi Myrskog
Sound design: Samuli Kivelä, Aleksi Kinnunen
Set and technical crew: Sofi Häkkinen, Inna Huttunen, Anna Pesonen, Mia Rantavaara, Martta Jylhä
Photos and videos: Iida-Liina Linnea, Aleksi Hornborg
Inside the labyrinth of Underneath you can find yourself – and a site-specific art exhibition. Recover Laboratory’s artistic director and visual artist Sofi Häkkinen has curated her very first exhibition into the depths of Meilahti. There are works from 17 artists in the show. The exhibition will be moved into a bigger hall of the public shelter in January 2019, with a few additional works. This second leg of the exhibition, that opens after the performance period, is called EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT.
Artists in the exhibiton
Anssi Kasitonni
Hinni Huttunen
Jesse Avdeikov
Aino Autere
Hanna Vihriälä
Leda Vaneva
Teemu Keisteri
Anna Pesonen
Eeva Lietonen
Joni Kärkkäinen
Jere Kilpinen
Tuomas Lehtomaa
Johanna Naukkarinen
Sandra Schneider
Tarleena Öhman
Anna Björklund
Pekka Jylhä
Above all, the encounter was something that I did not know I had been missing. It felt oddly good to be seen, and to be in a silent interaction safely with an unknown person. The need to be seen – and on the other hand the fear of being seen – is probably built-in into humane characteristics.
Recover Laboratory is feelings that maybe you didn’t even know existed inside you. Things you might be scared of, things you grieve, or are glad about. It is your own decision.
A viewer
Recover Laboratory is an artwork within artwork within artwork within artwork within artwork within artwork – and one of them is you.
A viewer
It is participatory multi-layered artwork, in which the artists let the viewer to look into their own experiences and thoughts in real time either as a passive viewer or by participating fully to the world that is at times absurd, and at times ridiculously mundane.
A viewer