Mikhail Karikis: No Ordinary Protest

  • Mikhail Karikis, Not just an ordinary protest (prodution photo 2)

    Mikhail Karikis, No Ordinary Protest, 2018. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and Whitechapel Gallery, London. Courtesy Mikhail Karikis

Free entry

16 Aug 2018 – 6 Jan 2019

Galleries 5 & 6

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

Commission
Mikhail Karikis: No Ordinary Protest

18 August 2018 – 6 January 2019

Can sound mobilise socio-political and physical change? Working across film, sound and performance, Greek-British artist Mikhail Karikis (b. 1975) adopts the children’s science fiction novel ‘The Iron Woman’ (1993) by British writer Ted Hughes (1930–98) as an ecofeminist parable in which communal listening and noise-making become tools to transform the world.

In this story, a female superhero gifts children with a mysterious power: a noise. Transmitted by touch, it resonates with the collective howl of creatures affected by the pollution of the planet. As the children take matters into their own hands, they infiltrate factories and ‘infect’ adults with their demand for immediate action.

For this new commission, Karikis engaged over the course of a year with a group of seven-year-olds from Mayflower Primary School in East London. Together they created a film that reflects on the environmental themes of the book and imagines the enigmatic noise that assists the protagonists’ protest. Improvising with vocalisations, musical instruments and toys, the group conduct cymatic experiments whereby a sound or vocal utterance takes on unique visual forms. Creating landscapes that transform with sound vibrations, the results echo the power to mobilise change through ‘noise’.

As the children debate, a sense of responsibility towards the environment and an activist imagination emerge. They become luminous agitators revelling in the shape-shifting properties of sound and its power to vibrate the material universe.

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Mikhail Karikis, No ordinary protest (prodution photo 1)

Mikhail Karikis: No Ordinary Protest

Sat 3 Nov, 3pm
£9.50/ £7.50 concs

Drawing on ideas from his new commission artist Mikhail Karikis and guests discuss themes from ecology to the power of sound.

 


Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and Whitechapel Gallery, London. Supported by Arts Council England.

With special thanks to Year 3 Class Teacher and Creative Arts Lead, Benjamin Jones, Mayflower Primary School.

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