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Mikhail Karikis’ was in Residence at Tyneside Cinema in 2015 and was asked to respond to our specific site and its links to Newcastle and beyond. 

Initially inspired by Dixon Scott, the founder of Tyneside Cinema – and great uncle of filmmakers Ridley and Tony Scott – and his long lost encrypted diaries, Karikis embarked on a journey of discovery leading him to develop a deep interest in the North East’s industrial culture and labour movement.

The Endeavour, the resulting new commission created for The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema, is an immersive evocation of the North East’s industrial past, forgotten trades and dialects, and a lyrical homage to historical protest and resistance. It records a boat being repaired in the region’s last boatyard in the weeks before the boat builder’s retirement. Karikis observes in intimate detail the builder’s choreographed craftsmanship, the tools of his disappearing trade and the unique textures of the boatyard after years of exposure to the tides. From time to time, the rhythmic soundscape of the one hundred year old boatyard is interrupted by a local choir voicing a roll call of obsolete professions and a harmonica player performing the minstrel song The Swanee River, that was played on harmonica by the shipyard workers of the Jarrow March on their long walk to London in 1936

 The Endeavour is an immersive evocation of the North East’s industrial past, forgotten trades and dialects, and a lyrical homage to historical protest and resistance.  The work was presented as a video and sound installation in The Gallery at Tyneside Cnema.

The Endeavour is Karikis’ third solo show in the UK, and his first in the North East.  It continues the artist’s ongoing exploration of work as a common purpose, vanishing professions and community cohesion. Karikis is known for installation works that span film, performance and sound, often using the voice as sculptural material in socio-politically informed narratives.  His recent acclaimed work – Children of the Unquiet – focused around a children’s take-over of a deserted worker’s village and adjacent industrial and natural environment in a place famous for its legendary associations with Dante’s Inferno. Karikis has shown work internationally including 19th Biennale of Sydney, Mediacity Seoul, Palais de Tokyo and Tate Britain in 2014.

Mikhail Karikis is a Greek/British artist who lives in London. He studied architecture in London at the Bartlett School (UCL), and completed his MA and PhD at the Slade School of Art, London. His work embraces a variety of media to create immersive audio-visual installations and performances that emerge from his long-standing investigation of the voice as a sculptural material and a socio-political agent. He often collaborates with communities whose lives challenge the mainstream, highlighting alternative modes of human existence and action.

Karikis's work is shown widely in leading international exhibitions and institutions including: Listening, Hayward Touring Exhibition (2014-2015); 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); Mediacity Seoul, Seoul Museum of Art, S. Korea (2014); Inside, Palais de Tokyo (2014); Assembly, Tate Britain (2014); Glos, Centrum Sztuki Wspólczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland (2014); Naturantes, Paco das Artes, Sao Paulo, Brasil (2014); Aquatopia, Tate St Ives and Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2013-2014); Aichi Triennale, Japan (2013); Site Gallery/Art Sheffield, UK (2013); Videonale, Bonn Museum of Art, Germany (2012); Manifesta 9, Belgium (2012); More Soup & Tart, Barbican (2012); 54th Venice Biennale (2011); Whitstable Biennale, UK (2010); For you only you, De La Warr Pavilion (2008). Recent solo exhibitions include Children of Unquiet at Villa Romana, Florence, Italy (2014); SeaWomen, Arnolfini, UK (2013) and at Wapping Project, London (2012). Forthcoming exhibitions include Thessaloniki Biennale (2015) and Daiwa Art Prize exhibition at Japan House, London (2015).

More information about Mikhail Karikis and The Endeavour can be found on Tyneside Cinema's Gallery microsite.

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