Mikhail Karikis's work embraces moving image, sound, performance and other media to create immersive audiovisual installations, which emerge from his long-standing investigation of sound as a sculptural material and the human voice as a sociopolitical agent. He often collaborates with communities and generates projects that highlight alternative modes of human existence, subcultural resistance and action. Recent works have engaged with the themes of vanishing forms of labour, natural resources and futurity.
For his new project for Summer of Love, Karikis has created an environment which functions as a kind of music and reading lounge featuring iconic vinyl records originally released in 1967, as well as books and essays by influential thinkers writing on love as a political event and a force with revolutionary potential. Housed in a colourful sculptural environment, this 'library' also functions as a communal seating area; the sonic and multilingual literary material is available for visitors to interact with. Making no explicit verbal links or didactic propositions, the work enables visitors to select records available in the space to create their own sonic ambience, ranging from euphoric, hippie psychedelia to political protest songs, while reading or interacting with each other. Framed by the romance and political context of the Aegean Sea, this immersive environment is a place where audiences can experience and discover through sound, text and interactions some of the cultural and political cross-fertilisation between Greece and other countries in 1967, and reflect on the challenges and transformative political currency of love.
Karikis has participated in numerous large-scale exhibitions and biennials, including: Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala (2016); British Art Show 8 (2015–2017); Steirischer Herbst, Graz (2015); 5th Thessaloniki Biennale (2015); 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); Seoul/SeMA Biennale, Seoul (2014); 2nd Aichi Triennale, Nagoya (2013); Videonale 14, Kunstmuseum Bonn (2013); Manifesta 9, Genk (2012); Danish Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale (2011). Museum exhibitions include: Remembering the Future, Tate Liverpool (2017); Staging Film, Busan Museum of Art (2016); Art in the Age of Energy and Raw Material, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2015); Music for Museums, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2015); Listening, Hayward Touring (Baltic 39 & The Bluecoat), U.K. (2014–2015); Inside, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014–2015); Assembly, TATE Britain, London (2014); and Aquatopia, TATE St Ives & Nottingham Contemporary, U.K. (2013–2014). Karikis has performed internationally, including at the Royal Opera House and Barbican Theatre, London. His sound works have been published worldwide by Bjork, UNICEF, MIT and Sub Rosa Records, and broadcast on most major European national radio stations, including the BBC, RAI and Radio France. Exhibitions in 2017 include Karikis's survey show Love Is the Institution of Revolution at Casino Luxembourg and The Chalk Factory, Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture, Denmark. Karikis was shortlisted for the 2015 Daiwa Art Prize (Japan/U.K.) and the 2016 Film London Jarman Award (U.K.).
Ain't Got No Fear, Little Demons Photo Series (Mitch & Eddie), 2016
80cm x 60cm
Courtesy of the artist