This is the second realisation of the SeaWomen installation by Mikhail Karikis. The work was adapted to the space specifications of Arnolfini and takes the form of a 12-speaker sound installation with 5 cube monitors scattered across the floor; 3 traditional woven mats created using an indigenous technique in Jeju island (S.Korea) are placed on the floor with cushions. Visitors are free to move around in the space and settle in the central area rotating occasionally to observe the monitors displaying 5 chapters of the film. The immersive audiovisual installation focuses on the fast vanishing community of 60 to 90-year-old female pearl divers on the South Korean island of Jeju in the North Pacific. The work explores the women's ecological and feminist work, their sense of community and their aural subculture, including the unique sound of the ancient breathing technique they learn at a very young age in order to dive (simply holding their breaths) to depths of up to 20 meters. The work has been presented at Wapping Project in London, at Arnolfini in Bristol, and the Dovecote in Aldeburgh. The project was shortlisted for a Celeste International Art Prize in Rome 2012.
Supported by Arts Council England
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