Sat 3 Nov, 3pm
Can sound effect physical and socio-political transformation?
Drawing on ideas from his new commission, No Ordinary Protest, artist Mikhail Karikis is joined by guests including musician and author David Toop, Benjamin Jones, from Mayflower Primary School and Sofia Victorino, Director of Education and Public Programmes, to discuss themes from ecology to the power of sound.
Mikhail Karikis is a Greek/British artist based in London and Lisbon. He works across 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 and his works highlight alternative modes of human existence, solidarity and action. Solo exhibitions include The Chalk Factory, Aarhus European Capital of Culture 2017, DK (2017), Love Is the Institution of Revolution, Casino Luxembourg Forum d’art Contemporain, LU (2017) and Children of Unquiet, Villa Romana Florence, IT (2014). Upcoming solo exhibitions will be presented at Mori Art Museum, JP, Turku Art Museum, FI, De la Warr Pavilion, UK, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, IT.
David Toop is a composer/musician, author and curator based in London, working in many fields of sound art and music since the late 1960s. He has recorded Yanomami shamanism in Amazonas, appeared on Top of the Pops with the Flying Lizards and worked with artists ranging from John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Bob Cobbing and Ivor Cutler to Akio Suzuki, Tania Chen, Camille Norment and Thurston Moore. Exhibitions he has curated included Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery, Playing John Cage at Arnolfini, Bristol, and Blow Up at Flat Time House.
Benjamin Jones is Year 3 Class Teacher and Creative Arts Lead, Mayflower Primary School, and has collaborated with the Whitechapel Gallery in several residencies, workshops and projects.
Sofia Victorino is the Daskalopoulos Director of Education and Public Programmes, Whitechapel Gallery, leading a programme of artists’ residencies, commissions and public events. Previously Head of Education and Programmes at Serralves Museum of Contemporary art, Porto (2002-2011), her research focuses on art and social practice.