Artist Mikhail Karikis has established a leading international reputation for his immersive audiovisual installations and performances.
His interdisciplinary practice embraces a variety of media, with outputs that include live performances and recorded work. Investigating the voice as a sculptural material and a sociopolitical agent. Karikis has explored collaborative work with communities as a means to help engagement with social causes,
He lectures in fine art performance at the university.
Mikhail Karikis is a Greek/British artist based in London. Educated in architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and visual art at the Slade School (UCL) Karikis' interdisciplinary practice is equally embraced by museums and concert halls and encompasses sound art, video, music, performance and installation. His research explores auditory culture with a particular focus on the voice as a spatial material; as a medium implicated in the politics of the gendered body and vocalisation; as an emotionally-charged sensual force pressured by and mediating expression; and as a vehicle to examine contemporary philosophies of subjectivity.
His work as an experimental musician and performer emerges from his long-standing investigation of the human voice as a sculptural material and and a sociopolitical agent which he employs to explore notions of community and politics of work. He often collaborates with communities whose lives challenge the mainstream, highlighting alternative modes of human existence and action. Karikis's work ranges from the poetic to the theatrical, and activates the potential for ruptures both in perception and ethical concerns.
In parallel, Karikis has published books on his projects, participated in conferences and has been invited by other academic institutions internationally to present papers, teach and run workshops. In 2013-2014 he developed an academic collaboration with the art school at the University of Sao Paulo made possible with a Santander Travel Award. Karikis has also been developing relationships with South Korean universities and institutions. In addition to recruiting students in South Korea, he created a project entitled SeaWomen (2012), documenting the lives of a vanishing local community of female pearl-divers, which has been exhibited widely in leading UK museums including TATE St Ives and Nottingham Contemporary, as well as internationally, including Seoul Museum of Art, and has featured repeatedly on national South Korean television and Austrian television.
Karikis’s work includes music which has been published world-wide. Since the first release of his music by pop-icon Bjork on One Little Indian records in 2005, Mikhail’s music output has included his debut Orphica (2007) with Belgian label Sub Rosa, his interdisciplinary album Morphica (2009), nominated for a Qwartz Electronic Music Award 2010, France, Xenofonia (2012) and various contributions on remix and compilation albums, including Sound Unbound by DJ Spooky alongside Roy Ikeda, Aphex Twin, Steve Reich, Edgard Varese and others (Sub Rosa & MIT Press, 2007), Songspin (2011) by Juice Vocal Ensemble alongside Gabriel Prokofiev with Nonclassical label. Radio appearances include interviews and radio play on BBC London, BBC Radio 3, French National Radio, Radio 4, and RAI 3.
Karikis's most recent project entitled Children of Unquiet, completes a quartet of research projects exploring the impact of post-industrialization on various communities in England, South Korea and Italy. Comprising video, analogue film, photography, sound, performance, drawing and game-design, Children of Unquiet is Karikis's most ambitious interdisciplinary project to date and takes place in Larderello, Tuscany, the site of the first geothermal power plant in the world. Children of Unquiet has reached an audience of over 800,000 people internationally with exhibitions including the 19th Biennale of Sydney, Art Sheffield 2013 and Mediacity Seoul/SeMA Biennale, South Korea.
Karikis’s work are presented internationally. He represented Denmark at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); other international exhibitions include Videonale 14 Bonn (2013), Manifesta 9 Belgium (2012), 4th International Bienal of Performance Chile (2012), 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale Greece (2011). In the UK his work has been exhibited at major museums, festivals and concert halls including at Nottingham Contemporary, Tate St Ives, Tate Britain, Tate Britain, Art Sheffield 2013, Whitechapel Gallery, Ikon Gallery, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Barbican Centre, Royal Festival Hall, British Film Institute, Wapping Project, Kings Place, Wellcome Trust, Whitstable Biennale (2010) and elsewhere. Forthcoming exhibitions include the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014).
'Orphica' has been commended for its "radicalism" (Le Monde, France), its "secularized eroticism" (Art Monthly, UK), and its "unprecedented melding of luxuriant electronics, Greek folkloric structures, pop and avant-garde vocals" (Bruno Letort, French National Radio). Karikis's interdisciplinary album Morphica (2009), was nominated for a Qwartz Electronic Music Award 2010 (France).
Karikis is nominated for a Daiwa Art Prize 2015, and is awarded a Fellowship at Civitella Ranieri Foundation 2016.
His research projects have been funded by Arts Council England, Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Council, European Cultural Foundation, Santander, Radio Papesse, Villa Romana, East Kent County Council, Whitstable Biennale, Danish Arts Council, the Costopoulos Foundation and Niarchos Foundation.
Personal artist's website: www.mikhailmusic.com/
Karikis, Mikhail (2013) SeaWomen [Digital and visual media]
Karikis, Mikhail (2010) Sounds from beneath [Performance]
Karikis, Mikhail (2010) Xenon: an explored opera Festivalfilosofia, Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy; 7th International Biennale of Conteporary Art, Gyumri, Armenia; Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival, UK; Tate Britain, UK; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, UK, London, UK.
Karikis, Mikhail, Martin, Jean, Gleeson, Conall and Cunningham, Amy (2008) Sounding out the museum: tête-à-tête [Performance]
Karikis, Mikhail (2007) Orphica Panic Arrest, UK.