Mikhail Karikis’s work in sound, performance and video emerges from his long-standing investigation of the human voice as a sculptural material and a conceptual compass to explore human experience.
A quest central to Mikhail’s work has been the exploration of vocal sounds that are beyond language and its rules, and the meanings attached to these ‘rebellious’, nonsense sounds human’s invent. His recent projects are concerned with such subcultures in the context of work, and in relation to professional identity, freedom of speech, politics of work and community formation. Karikis’ projects lead to a deep engagement with often marginal communities, taking him to remote sites in Britain, Italy, South Korea and elsewhere. His practice ranges from the theatrical to the ethnographic and researches innovative relationships between sound, performance and the moving image.