Children of Unquiet

Karikis, Mikhail
Mikhail Karikis’s varied practice encompasses video, installation, performance and sound. Increasingly, the artist has been using film as a way to ‘contain, capture, document and explore’ auditory culture. Of particular interest to Karikis are anarchic nonsense sounds – whistles, shouts, hisses and sighs – that are beyond the rules of ordinary verbal communication. Karikis’s film Children of Unquiet (2013-14) is set in an area of Italy known as the Devil’s Valley, home to the world’s first geothermal power station. In the late 1970s many of the plant’s workers lost their jobs due to technological developments, and the villages built to house them were left abandoned. In the film, local children reanimate these silenced villages through play, and recreate the noises of the volcanic landscape that they grew up in: the sound of bubbling water, the whisper of geysers and the roar of the factory’s pipes.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 15 minutes 39seconds
  • Edition: 2 of 5 + 1 AP
  • Material description: HD Video (Colour) and Stereo Sound
  • Credit line: © the artist.
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  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC28/2015



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