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Mikhail Karikis - Children of Unquiet (THG Honiton)

15 January 2022 to 5 March 2022

This winter, THG presents two immersive film installations by international artist Mikhail Karikis: Children of Unquiet 2014 and SeaWomen 2012.

The works share the experience of two very different communities; fisherwomen from the haenyeo community on Jeju island, Korea, and children brought up by the geothermal powerplant in Devil’s Valley, Tuscany.

Both communities have a unique relationship to their environment, which is rich in natural resources. As processes of extraction evolve, this way of life is increasingly threatened. Through sounds of labour and community, Karikis encourages us to think about legacy, resistance and possible sustainable futures, across the generations.

Children of Unquiet, 2013-14: Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

This film was created with a group of forty-five children living in Devil’s Valley in Tuscany, a volcanic landscape and home to the world’s first geothermal power station. The area has become depopulated following the automation of the process of generating energy. The children take over the empty spaces, recreating the noises of both the natural and man-made landscape: the hissing of steam, the bubbling of water and groaning and rumbling of metal work. 

The children begin to read to each other from philosophers Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri book Commonwealth, 2020. It is through their collective voice that we can imagine resistance and change. As the children shout - ‘Love is the institution of revolution’.

SeaWomen, 2012 : Ocean, Queen's Drive, Exmouth - click to find out more

Mikhail Karikis is a Greek/British artist based in London and Lisbon. His work in moving image, sound, performance and other media is exhibited in leading contemporary art biennials, museums including the TATE and Whitechapel Gallery, and film festivals internationally. Karikis' varied practice encompasses video, installation, performance and sound. Increasingly, the artist has been using film as a way to ‘contain, capture, document and explore’ auditory culture. Of particular interest to Karikis are anarchic nonsense sounds – whistles, shouts, hisses and sighs – that are beyond the rules of ordinary verbal communication. 

Delivered in partnership with Arts and Culture, University of Exeter and Leisure East DevonSupported by East Devon District Council and Arts Council England

This exhibition has been supported with loans from the Arts Council Collection. Founded in 1946, the Arts Council Collection is the UK’s most widely circulated loan collection of modern and contemporary British art and includes important examples by all of the UK’s prominent artists. For more information please see: www.artscouncilcollection.org.uk

Mikhail Karikis, Children of Unquiet, 2013-2014, HD video (colour) and stereo sound, 15mins 39sec. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Mikhail Karikis

 

 

 

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In Focus: Tom Bailey theatremaker & director

15 January 2022 to 5 March 2022

This exhibition documents a unique selection of the work and process of contemporary, Bristol-based theatre maker, Tom Bailey.

Creating and touring work both in the UK and internationally through his company, Mechanimal, Bailey's work explores our human relationship to a changing planet. The company specifically focuses on the shifting relationships between human and non-human beings during our new Anthropocene epoch.

Described as “extraordinary… moving and enlightening” (New Scientist), Mechanimal’s work has received awards and critical acclaim for shows that explore bird migration, species extinction, the transformation of the Arctic, resource extraction and life in the Sahara desert.

This exhibition presents a fascinating window on performance and process in creating ecological theatre work, from the rehearsal room to the landscapes of southwest England, to the Arctic Circle and the Egyptian desert. 

Takes place in the THG Project Space upstairs.

 Photo credit © Tom Hatton

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Mikhail Karikis: SeaWomen (Ocean Exmouth)

15 January 2022 to 5 March 2022

This winter, THG presents two immersive film installations by international artist Mikhail Karikis: Children of Unquiet 2014 and SeaWomen 2012.

The works share the experience of two very different communities; fisherwomen from the 'haenyeo' community on Jeju island, Korea, and children brought up by the geothermal powerplant in Devil’s Valley, Tuscany. Both communities have a unique relationship to their environment which is rich in natural resources. As processes of extraction evolve, this way of life is increasingly threatened. Through sounds of labour and community, Karikis encourages thinking around legacy, resistance and possible sustainable futures, across the generations. 

SeaWomen, 2012

Ocean, Queens Drive, Exmouth EX8 2AY oceanexmouth.co.uk, Tuesday - Saturday, 10 - 5.

This audio-visual installation captures the experience of a 'haenyeo' woman’s day at sea: diving deep from the rocks; selling and sharing their catch; returning from the depths to their coastal base and sorting their nets.

The 'haenyeo' are an ancient and fast-vanishing community who dive to depths of up to twenty meters with no oxygen supply to catch seafood, collect seaweed and find pearls.

The audio scenes include a rhythmic rowing work-song; the reverberant hubbub of the women’s communal baths, a sudden violent thunderstorm and the 'sumbisori'. The 'sumbisori' is the striking high-pitched and dolphin-like whistling noises of the diving women’s traditional breathing technique. This soundscape, along with the women’s profession are on the verge of disappearance.

  • Children of Unquiet (2013-14) 

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton - more details

Mikhail Karikis is a Greek/British artist based in London and Lisbon. His work in moving image, sound, performance and other media is exhibited in leading contemporary art biennials, museums including the TATE and Whitechapel Gallery, and film festivals internationally. Karikis' varied practice encompasses video, installation, performance and sound. Increasingly, the artist has been using film as a way to ‘contain, capture, document and explore’ auditory culture. Of particular interest to Karikis are anarchic nonsense sounds – whistles, shouts, hisses and sighs – that are beyond the rules of ordinary verbal communication. 

Delivered in partnership with Arts and Culture, University of Exeter and Leisure East DevonSupported by East Devon District Council and Arts Council England

This exhibition has been supported with loans from the Arts Council Collection. Founded in 1946, the Arts Council Collection is the UK’s most widely circulated loan collection of modern and contemporary British art and includes important examples by all of the UK’s prominent artists. For more information please see: www.artscouncilcollection.org.uk

 © Mikhail Karikis