Mikhail Karikis, Clare Thornton, Martin Prosser, Mycah Tequeron, Anaïs Lalange, Joseph Beuys / Documentation by Daniel Bosworth, Ana Rutter & Timothy James Pratt / co-curated by Sonya Russell-Saunders
Mikhail Karikis’ work emerges from his long-standing investigation of the human voice as a sculptural material and a conceptual compass, which he employs to explore notions of community and difference, relationality and impossibility, the politics of work and human rights. Karikis's interdisciplinary approach embraces visual art, performance and sound, often generating collaborative projects which engage other art practitioners or specific communities positioned outside the mainstream. His work ranges from the poetic to the theatrical, and activates the potential for ruptures both in perception and ethical concerns.
Clare Thornton is an interdisciplinary maker working predominantly with performance, sculpture, installation and print. Thornton uses a variety of props and materials to devise ‘scenes’ and to examine her relationship to certain objects, texts and spaces. Exploring specific locations, libraries and archives she then enacts/presents her findings playing with memory, materiality and desire. Conversation and cross-disciplinary exchange are crucial elements in her process of making and she collaborates with groups/individuals across diverse fields of art and science to produce new works for public art contexts, museums and galleries nationally and internationally.
Co-Lab Theatre: Martin Prosser is a freelance performance maker, currently studying MA Contemporary Performance Making at Brunel University. His research focuses on everyday routines and human behaviour, in particular the awkwardness of certain social situations. He is co-director of Co Lab Theatre that he founded with Mycah Tequeron. Martin has performed with Mycah in the Midlands at STATE and in London at Spots and as part of Scratch a DMV Theatre presentation where he directed and performed ‘The good, the bed and the ugly’ a performance/theatre work exploring the social awkwardness of one night stands.
Mycah Tequeron is co Director of Co Lab Theatre and is currently studying MA in Drama Therapy at Roehampton University. He is a choreographer, dancer and theatre performer, collaborating in a number of Co Lab Theatre performances and has appeared in a series of short films including ‘York’s Chocolate Story’ by Centre Screen Productions.
Anaïs Lalange studied Arts du Spectacle (Drama and Film studies) and Philosophy at the University of Caen in Normandy (France), and in 2010, graduated in Drama at Queen Mary University of London. Her work often focuses on the physical body, ballet and contemporary dance trained she creates her own language through her live art performances and collaborations. Anais has worked with Lois Weaver, Ron Athey, Mehmet Sander and collaborated and performed with Helena Hunter.
Timothy James Pratt is an early career film-maker and photographer whose work focuses on film and photography as a method of documenting live performance events. The visual material he creates, representing an ‘open aperture approach’ evokes an intimate, audience perspective. He has a Masters in Film Making from Birmingham University and is an artist supported through Birmingham’s live art initiative Home for Waifs and Strays.
Ana Rutter is a visual artist based in Birmingham and has a Masters in Fine Art Practice. She has exhibited at a range of local and national spaces and her work crosses installation, sculpture, video and sound practices, often within a site-specific context. Using traditional nature field recording techniques she captures site specific sound as a form of ‘documentary’ then constructs multi-layered audio works that re-mediate those spaces and experiences, creating sound environments that affect the audience and builds on their already embedded experiences of interacting with the environments around them.
Daniel Bosworth studied photography at Wolverhampton School of Art and Design, graduating with first class honours. Having lived and worked in both Birmingham and London he now lives in Bristol and continues to work on commissions and self initiated projects. He has lectured at Norwich University of the Arts, Birmingham City University and now teaches on the foundation degree at Weston College.
Sonya Russell-Saunders is a recent MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice graduate. She has a specific interest in offsite and contextual curatorial strategies and a passion for performative and participatory art. Both facets explore the human encounter with art, and her research considers the notion of curatorial control, subversion and heightened experiences facilitated through psychological and theatrical staging. More recently, her research focuses on the audience as medium. Sonya co-founded The Wig in 2011, and is a partner in Companis Food Provocateurs Llp www.companis.co.uk Further details of her on going research, practice and projects can be found at