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For Many Voices: Study Day

15 February 2020


On the occasion of Mikhail Karikis’ first survey exhibition, For Many Voices, we bring artists and academics together for an afternoon of discussion and performance to explore the politics of listening and socio-political practice of sound.

For Many Voices amplifies the voices of those who may be unheard, unseen and structurally neglected. It includes work made across ten years, including two pieces commissioned by MIMA: No Ordinary Protest (2018), co-commissioned with Whitechapel Gallery and Becoming Insect (2019).  The exhibition is an arena for listening in a time of change.

Booking is FREE but essential via  Eventbrite.  Donations welcome. Vegetarian lunch provided. Please notify us of access and dietary requirements upon booking.


12:00 – 12:30: Arrivals and Introductions

12:30 – 13:10: Ella Finer’s work in sound and performance spans writing, composing and curating with a particular interest in how women’s voices take up space; how bodies acoustically disrupt, challenge or change the order of who is allowed to occupy – command – space. Her research queries the ownership of cultural expression through sound, informing lectures, performances and events at cultural institutions nationally. Here, she revisits and reflects upon her response to Karikis’ No Ordinary Protest (2018), initially performed at Whitechapel Gallery in 2018.

13:10 – 14:00: Lunch & Exhibition Tour

14:00 – 14:40: Salomé Voegelin is an artist and writer engaged in listening as a socio-political practice of sound. Voegelin’s practice engages in participatory, collective and communal approaches to explore the world sound makes: its aesthetic, social and political realities that are hidden by the persuasiveness of a visual point of view. She has written widely on the field of political and aesthetic thinking via listening and is a Professor of Sound at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

14:40 – 15:20: Sam Belinfante’s work examines intersections between the visual and sonic. Along with filmmaking and photographic work, his practice incorporates curating, sound and performance. He has exhibited widely across the UK and internationally. Belinfante is Academic Fellow in Fine Art and Curatorial Practice and Director of the Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation (CAVE) at the University of Leeds.

15:20 – 15:45: Mikhail Karikis makes videos, sound pieces, performance, images and structures through extensive collaboration with communities who may be pushed into economic and socio-geographic fringes. He employs listening as a form of activism, tuning into voices that operate beyond mainstream frequencies. Recently announced as Professor of MIMA School of Art and Design, he has taught at institutions such as University College London, Central Saint Martins, and Royal College of Art and has presented work in major art galleries and exhibitions globally.

15:45 – 16:00: Liam Slevin’s practice spans performance, sculpture, electronics and acoustics, and is concerned with experimental exhibition making and rendering of space and sound into an immersive collaborative experience. He is co-director of the Middlesbrough Art Weekender and The Auxiliary, a Middlesbrough-based venue and site for the production of experimental and sound art practices. Here, he performs a response to Karikis’ exhibition, For Many Voices.


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