VOZ RARA: Mikhail Karikis performance and film screenings

Vocal Terrains: sound, collectivity and labour
a screening of Karikis’s films and a performance lecture at Birmingham City University School of Art, Margaret Street

Investigating the voice as a sculptural material and a socio-political agent, Karikis has explored collaborative work with communities as a means to help engagement with social causes. The themes of labour, industrial landscape, and the effects of globalization on local communities represent some of the preoccupations of his recent film projects. In his work with communities the artist often resonates with new ways of thinking about the destiny of territories scarred by industrial obsolescence, and hint at foreseeable or potential futures conjured up by the imagination – both poetic and activist – of the generation that is most affected by current social shifts.

For Voz Rara artist Karikis presents a performance and a selection of his recent films: the audio-visual performance 102 Years Out of Synch takes place at the geothermal site of the Devil’s Valley in Tuscany connecting the invention of sustainable energy production, Dante’s Inferno, the first Italian feature film, and the sonic imaginary of Hell; Sounds from Beneath (2011-12) is dedicated to a community of a former coal miners’ choir whom the artist asked to recall and vocalise the industrial sounds of a working coal mine, which they used to hear when they worked in the pits; SeaWomen (2012) observes the practices of a fast vanishing community of elderly female sea workers living on the North Pacific island of Jeju, South Korea; in Children of Unquiet (2014) the artist asks a group of children to reanimate with play and singing one of the abandoned villages in Larderello (Italy), the site of the world’s first geothermal power station; Ain’t Got No Fear (2016) takes the form of an experimental Grime music video in which a group of teenage boys from the Isle of Grain rap about their lives and future against the crushing noises of their neighbouring power plant undergoing demolition.

The screening terminates with a performance lecture referring to Children of Unquiet and the history of Larderello Valley in Italy.

This event is part of VOZ RARA curated by Grand Union Curators-in-Residence Anna Santomauro and Valerio Del Baglivo.

Mikhail Karikis is a Greek/British artist based in London and Lisbon. His work embraces moving image, sound and other media to create immersive audio-visual installations and performances which emerge from his long-standing investigation of the voice as a sculptural material and a socio-political agent. He often collaborates with communities to orchestrate performances to camera in order to highlight alternative modes of human action and existence. His works explore histories of labour and the energies that create collectivist dynamics, and resonate with people’s economic, cultural, psychological and moral circumstances. Shortlisted for the 2016 Film London Jarman Award, UK and the 2015 Daiwa Art Prize, UK-JP, Karikis exhibits widely in museums and international biennials including Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, IN; British Art Show 8, UK (2015-2017); Steirischer Herbst, AT (2015); 5th Thessaloniki Biennale, GR (2015); 19th Biennale of Sydney, AU (2014); Mediacity Seoul, Seoul, KR (2014); 2nd Aichi Triennale, Nagoya, JP (2013); Manifesta 9, Ghenk, BE (2012); Danish Pavilion 54th Venice Biennale, IT (2011). Museum exhibitions include Staging Film, Busan Museum of Art, KR (2016); Art in the Age of Energy and Raw Material, Witte de With, NL (2015); Music for Musuems, Whitechapel Gallery, UK (2015); Listening: Hayward Touring, various locations, UK (2014-2015); Inside, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR (2014-2015); Assembly, TATE Britain, London, UK (2014). Solo exhibitions include The Chalk Factory, Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture, DK (2017); Love Is the Institution of Revolution, Casino Luxembourg, LU (2017); The Endeavour, The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle UK (2015); Children of Unquiet, Villa Romana, Florence, IT (2014); SeaWomen, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2013). His sound works have been published world wide with Bjork, DJ Spooky and on Sub Rosa Records. He holds an academic and research position at the University of Brighton UK.

www.mikhailkarikis.com

Vocal Terrains: sound, collectivity and labour
a screening of Karikis’s films and a performance lecture at Birmingham City University School of Art, Margaret Street

Investigating the voice as a sculptural material and a socio-political agent, Karikis has explored collaborative work with communities as a means to help engagement with social causes. The themes of labour, industrial landscape, and the effects of globalization on local communities represent some of the preoccupations of his recent film projects. In his work with communities the artist often resonates with new ways of thinking about the destiny of territories scarred by industrial obsolescence, and hint at foreseeable or potential futures conjured up by the imagination – both poetic and activist – of the generation that is most affected by current social shifts.

For Voz Rara artist Karikis presents a performance and a selection of his recent films: the audio-visual performance 102 Years Out of Synch takes place at the geothermal site of the Devil’s Valley in Tuscany connecting the invention of sustainable energy production, Dante’s Inferno, the first Italian feature film, and the sonic imaginary of Hell; Sounds from Beneath (2011-12) is dedicated to a community of a former coal miners’ choir whom the artist asked to recall and vocalise the industrial sounds of a working coal mine, which they used to hear when they worked in the pits; SeaWomen (2012) observes the practices of a fast vanishing community of elderly female sea workers living on the North Pacific island of Jeju, South Korea; in Children of Unquiet (2014) the artist asks a group of children to reanimate with play and singing one of the abandoned villages in Larderello (Italy), the site of the world’s first geothermal power station; Ain’t Got No Fear (2016) takes the form of an experimental Grime music video in which a group of teenage boys from the Isle of Grain rap about their lives and future against the crushing noises of their neighbouring power plant undergoing demolition.

The screening terminates with a performance lecture referring to Children of Unquiet and the history of Larderello Valley in Italy.

This event is part of VOZ RARA curated by Grand Union Curators-in-Residence Anna Santomauro and Valerio Del Baglivo.

Mikhail Karikis is a Greek/British artist based in London and Lisbon. His work embraces moving image, sound and other media to create immersive audio-visual installations and performances which emerge from his long-standing investigation of the voice as a sculptural material and a socio-political agent. He often collaborates with communities to orchestrate performances to camera in order to highlight alternative modes of human action and existence. His works explore histories of labour and the energies that create collectivist dynamics, and resonate with people’s economic, cultural, psychological and moral circumstances. Shortlisted for the 2016 Film London Jarman Award, UK and the 2015 Daiwa Art Prize, UK-JP, Karikis exhibits widely in museums and international biennials including Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, IN; British Art Show 8, UK (2015-2017); Steirischer Herbst, AT (2015); 5th Thessaloniki Biennale, GR (2015); 19th Biennale of Sydney, AU (2014); Mediacity Seoul, Seoul, KR (2014); 2nd Aichi Triennale, Nagoya, JP (2013); Manifesta 9, Ghenk, BE (2012); Danish Pavilion 54th Venice Biennale, IT (2011). Museum exhibitions include Staging Film, Busan Museum of Art, KR (2016); Art in the Age of Energy and Raw Material, Witte de With, NL (2015); Music for Musuems, Whitechapel Gallery, UK (2015); Listening: Hayward Touring, various locations, UK (2014-2015); Inside, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR (2014-2015); Assembly, TATE Britain, London, UK (2014). Solo exhibitions include The Chalk Factory, Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture, DK (2017); Love Is the Institution of Revolution, Casino Luxembourg, LU (2017); The Endeavour, The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle UK (2015); Children of Unquiet, Villa Romana, Florence, IT (2014); SeaWomen, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2013). His sound works have been published world wide with Bjork, DJ Spooky and on Sub Rosa Records. He holds an academic and research position at the University of Brighton UK.

www.mikhailkarikis.com