Mikhail Karikis & Uriel Orlow

Sounds from Beneath

06:42 min.

For Sounds from Beneath the artist Mikhail Karikis invited a community of a coal miners’ choir to recall and vocalise the industrial sounds of a working coal mine. He then invited Uriel Orlow to collaborate on the video which depicts the choir on a disused Kentish colliery where they used to work. The sunken mine is brought back to life, resonating with sounds of former activity: underground explosions, mechanical clangs cutting the coal-face, wailing alarms and shovels scratching the earth, all sung by Snowdown Colliery Male Voice Choir grouping in formations reminiscent of picket lines.  

Mikhail Karikis & Uriel Orlow

Mikhail Karikis is a London-based artist whose practice emerges from his long-standing exploration of the voice. His work has been presented at Videonale 14 (2013), Manifesta 9 (2012), the Danish Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale (2011); his most recent solo show SeaWomen was at Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2013). He will exhibit at Aichi Triennale, Japan in Summer 2013.  

Uriel Orlow creates modular installations that bring different image regimes and narrative modes into correspondence. His work was presented at Manifesta 9 (2012), the 54th Venice Biennale (2011) and 8th Mercosul Biennial, Brazil (2011). Recent solo exhibitions include Back to Back, Spike Island, Bristol (2013), Unmade Film, Al Ma’mal Foundation Jerusalem, and Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2013).