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Sideways festival 2019, Helsinki, Photo: Luumu Jokelainen

PEN runs from place to place. Then they stop and offer an audience member the other end of a plastic tube. PEN starts a conversation with them. They speak only through the white tube.

Meet PEN, an athlete combining contemporary circus and visual arts. PEN is very interested in people and what they get up to. So much so, that PEN often comes to events and that people organize. The encounters with PEN are painted with black humor, occurring in the world of modern Tubing. Offline. PEN carries a plastic tube, which some might mistake for a hula hoop. PEN is at their best in random, awkward situations. PEN lives in an every-day life, where anything might happen.

The performance relies on human connection and addresses our ever-so-prevalent online communication culture. The objective is to make people meet each other offline – through the spiraling plastic tubes PEN carries around. PEN carefully weaves a web of communication between anyone who is willing to participate, finally leaving strang-ers talking to each other through the tubes, as PEN whimsically runs away.

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Photo: Iidaliina Linnea

PYHIMYS – Four seasons Concert tour 2019 

Pyhimys – Spring, Tampere-talo, Photo: Lauri Elstelä

Recover Laboratory collaborated with Pyhimys, a Finnish award-winning rapper, to create an immersive performance aspect in three shows of the tour: respectively themed Winter, Spring, and Summer. Winter was performed in Jyväskylä at Paviljonki venue, Spring in Tampere-talo in the biggest concert hall of the Nordic countries, and Summer at Lapinkulta Red Arena at Flow Festival in Helsinki.
Miradonna Sirkka performed with aerial chains and hoop manipulation.

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Flow Festival 2019, Photo: Luumu Jokelainen

HDW Augmented fiction 2018

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Collaboration between Recover Laboratory and Let it Be Art Agency. Augmented reality meets performance art. Performed in Helsinki Design week in an old church.

Gone fishing 2018

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Photo Kulturhuset at Copenhagen, Denmark

Kobenhavn International Theatre – Metropolis residency
Selected circus artists were working on a residency with a topic ”Balancing the city” for 3 weeks period. During the residency, Miradonna collected the sounds of Copenhagen. She interviewed people on the street with questions ”what are you thinking right now?” and ”what was the last thing you left unsaid”. Together with musicians Aleksi Kinnunen and Samuli Kivelä they made a sound piece that was used as a soundtrack for site-specific hoop manipulation performance. At the end of the residency, KIT organized a tour for site-specific performances. Gone Fishing was performed in a big sand field and an electric tower. Currently, the concept can be adapted to any city.




Selected works

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Tama Art University / Tokyo, Japan
mixed media

The iPhone is left charging on the floor, on the corner, behind the door, on top of the table

Rosalita is the owner of the phone. She is a heteronym, a fictional character. All the writings are true, either collected from people via social media. Rosalita is a person who publishes things that are too hard, awkward or just too much to say aloud. She is an excuse.

The writings are located in Google Drive files, which can be entered via QR-code or link.

Concept: Miradonna Sirkka
Texts: Miradonna Sirkka & 57 anonymous writers from all over the world

A trick performed from very far away

Site-specific performance
REDI rooftop, Helsinki, Finland
Performers: Emmi Kahilainen, Miina Penttinen, Anna Pesonen, Maiju Saarimaa

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The audience stands still on the rooftop. They are waiting for something to happen. After a while, there is something in the horizon

The sound goes on
Nothing happens
Something happens
They are gone


Carpe Diem and Goodbye – Living Like There Is No Tomorrow

3 channel video, 7 min
Sound: Aleksi Kinnunen Speech: Nora Rose, Lyrics: Miradonna Sirkka

Locations: Finland (Kittilä, Helsinki), Spain (Fuengirola), Greece (Athens), Sweden (Stockholm), Germany (Berlin), USA (San Francisco)
Videos shot by the one who was there.


“Carpe Diem and goodbye” is a compilation of videos shot in different environments using hoops / plastic tubes. The project is about facing the climate crisis and inner conflict trough individuals’ eyes in different kinds of environments.

How to be a better version of yourself every day? It is a comment about an individual trying to achieve everything, while not getting anywhere. All good, let’s move on. Carpe Diem and goodbye.

For the full video contact

The Artist Talk


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Choose the topic, ask institutions as hosts, book the biggest auditorium you can get.
And the show goes on.

Who has the responsibility of public talks?


Recover Labortory Joy of Spleen / Suomenlinna / Helsinki

>>>Spleen (french) is the melancholy of a modern (privileged) human; a collective and simultaneously excruciatingly private feeling. It is a form of boredom, sorrow, detachment, helplessness and insignificance; parallel to an ongoing, permanent, personal catastrophe. It is grey and deep blue, almost black but never quite.<<<

Recover Laboratory’s Joy of Spleen is an IMMERSIVE live-installation, a RITUAL-like performance FLOWING into the TUNNELS of Suomenlinna Castle Island. 4-5.11.2017.