Online talk: Care-full listening

Rupert invites all to an online talk by Mikhail Karikis and Salomé Voegelin as part of Rupert’s 2020 public programmes on care and interdependence.  The talk will be streamed online on Rupert’s YouTube page, 10 December, 19:00 EET 


🔵 What is the relation between listening and care? What kind of ethics arises from listening to the invisible, the unrecognisable or the silenced? Artist Mikhail Karikis and writer Salomé Voegelin discuss themes of care and attentiveness, communication and the body, and consider how listening may open plural and possible, and maybe even seemingly impossible ways of being in the world.


🔵Mikhail Karikis is a Greek/British artist based in Lisbon and London. His work in moving image, sound, performance and other media is exhibited in leading contemporary art biennials, museums and festivals internationally. Through collaborations with individuals and communities located beyond the circles of contemporary art and in recent years with children, teenagers, young adults and people with disabilities, Karikis develops socially embedded projects that prompt an activist imaginary and rouse the potential to imagine possible or desired futures of self-determination and potency. Centering on listening as an artistic strategy and focusing on themes of social and environmental justice, his projects highlight alternative modes of human action and solidarity, while nurturing critical attention, dignity and tenderness.

Karikis’s solo exhibition Ferocious Love is currently on show at Tate Liverpool, UK. Other exhibitions of his work include 2nd Riga Biennial, LV (2020); Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, IN; 19th Biennale of Sydney, AU (2014); Mediacity Seoul/SeMA Biennale, Seoul, KR (2014); 2nd Aichi Triennale, Nagoya, JP (2013); Manifesta 9, Ghenk, BE (2012) and Danish Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, IT (2011).


🔵 Salomé Voegelin is Swiss/British artist, writer and researcher engaged in listening as a socio-political practice. Her work and writing deal with sound, the world sound makes: its aesthetic, social and political realities that are hidden by the persuasiveness of a visual point of view. She writes essays and text-scores for performance and publication. Her latest book ‘The Political Possibility of Sound’, Bloomsbury 2018, articulates a politics that includes creativity and invention and imagines transformation and collaboration as the basis of our living together. Voegelin’s practice engages in participatory, collective and communal approaches. She uncurates curatorial conventions through performance; convenes, with Mark Peter Wright, the regular cross-disciplinary listening and sound making event Points of Listening,; and collaborates with David Mollin (Mollin+Voegelin) in a practice that reconsiders socio-political, architectural and aesthetic actualities and sites through the possibilities of sound, things, voices and texts.


Voegelin is a Professor of Sound at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, and currently also holds the Vertretungs Professur Sound Studies at the Hochschule für Bildenden Künste in Braunschweig, DE. 


Rupert’s activities are supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.


This talk is part of the project ‘Who Cares?’ co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.