Joy of Spleen – Labyrinth 2017
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. And in the center, there is stillness.
Recover Laboratory’s Joy of Spleen was an immersive multi-artistic live-installation, a ritual-like performance performed in Stockholm Fringe in Sweden and Viaporin Kekri in Finland in 2018. In Stockholm the immersive experience was built into Kummelholmen, an old heating factory, and in Helsinki the artwork flowed through the ancient tunnels of Suomenlinna fortress island.
In Stockholm Fringe the show was nominated for the Grand Prix out of 100 performances from 32 countries. The wild and ambitious attitude of the crew resulted in the group being awarded for their Festival Spirit.