five figures wearing dark boiler suits are seen from above, in what looks like an underground tunnel. the photo is framed by a round brick opening.

Mikhail Karikis, Ferocious Love 2020 © Mikhail Karikis

Ferocious Love 2020 is a new audio-visual installation reflecting on young people's perspectives on an uncertain future, in the face of environmental adversity. This work is made by Mikhail Karikis in collaboration with students from Birmingham City University and the Liverpool Socialist Singers.

Karikis and his collaborators speculate on a future where the climate has changed and there are no more seasons. Noises of turbulent, extreme weather resonate around the gallery in a new choral composition created with the Liverpool Socialist Singers. This is accompanied by a video installation featuring an imagined community of young people who reflect on the things that bring them together.

Inspired by students' environmental activism, Ferocious Love focuses on the need for community and togetherness. It echoes the yearning for hope and the emotional challenges faced by the younger generation's awareness of the scope of dramatic change.

The books and other media listed below explore ideas around environmentalism that informed the development of Ferocious Love. Learn more about climate change and environmental activism.


BBC Radio 4
Green Originals


Rachel Carson
Silent Spring

Julie Cruikshank
Do Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social Imagination

T.J. Demos
Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today

Andrew Dobson and Paul Lucardie (eds.)
The Politics of Nature: Explorations in Green Political Theory

Brian Fagan
The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilisations

Jonathan Safran Foer
We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

Ted Hughes
The Iron Woman

Luce Irigaray and Michael Marder
Through Vegetal Being: Two Philosophical Perspectives

Naomi Klein
On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal

Naomi Klein
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Brandon LaBelle
Sonic Agency: Sound and Emergent Forms of Resistance

J.R. McNeill
Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World

Jackie Morris
Letters to the Earth: Writing to a Planet in Crisis

Pauline Oliveros
Deep Listening: A Composer’s Sound Practice

R. Murray Schafer
Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World

Rebecca Solnit
Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics

Peter Wohlleben
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate

Seth Wynes
SOS: What You Can Do to Reduce Climate Change

Kathryn Yusoff
A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None

Commissioned by Tate Liverpool and Birmingham City University, Dr Stephen Wilson has written a essay, We are not all exactly alike as our future insists, which explores some of the themes of the exhibition.

Download the essay PDF [895 kb]

This exhibition is part of Tate Liverpool's annual We Have Your Art Gallery project, with Birmingham City University acting as this year's commissioning partner.