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Mikhail Karikis

Mikhail Karikis is a London-based sound artist and performer with a background in architecture and visual art. He exhibits and performs in the UK and internationally. His music has won in international competitions and been selected by Björk and Graham Massey for commercial release.

His multi-disciplinary practice encompasses composition, music performance, film, drawing and installation. Mikhail Karikis is dedicated to the development and performance of innovative music and the exploration of auditory culture. In his work, he investigates contemporary notions of subjectivity in relation to aurality. In particular, he combines scientific experimentation with mythological themes to consider issues around the self, gender and the unvoiced. He employs traditional vocalizations and extended vocal techniques, which fragment language and distort the voice, to explore the power of unvoiced oppression and the difficulty to speak of it.

Mikhail Karikis’s recent work includes an audio-visual performance for ‘MonitorLeeds’ (University of Leeds, 2006), a sound installation for ‘The Colour of the City’ (Sung Nam University, Korea 2005), a video projection ‘The Shape of Breath’ (The Photographers’ Gallery, London 2005), an international music release ‘Army of Me’ (Björk, Unicef and One Little Indian Records, 2005), and an audio-visual composition for “Synch” Electronic Music and Digital Arts Festival, (Athens, July 2005).

He is currently completing his first solo album, which will be released by Sub Rosa in 2007, and is working on a performance collaboration with artist Sonia Boyce and the vocal consort Alamire, in association with the Ruskin School.

Mikhail Karikis completed his doctoral thesis, ‘The Acoustics of the Self’, at The Slade School of Fine Art in 2005. He lectures on sound art and performance at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Middlesex University and other institutions.

For more information on Mikhail Karikis please visit his website.

Updated Dec 30, 09:38 am

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