Tate Modern Course

Workshop: Acting in the Future

Iván Argote, Activissime 2011–2015

We Can't Be There is series of public events featuring artists in dialogue with academics, writers, and cultural commentators on approaches and methods used to explore temporality, disasters and the politics of futurity.

Participatory workshop experimenting with performative practices, providing a set of tools for future actions and irresponsible gestures. Led by artists Mikhail Karikis and Iván Argote.


Mikhail Karikis

Mikhail Karikis’s long-standing investigation of the voice as a sculptural material and socio-political agent has influenced him to create audio-visual installations and performances using a variety of media. His work encompasses from poetic to the theatrical, where often he joins communities that differ from mainstream and produces alternative modes of human existence and action. His work has been exhibited widely, including at the 19th Biennale of Sydney, Danish Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, and Tate. His sound works have been published world-wide solo, with Bjork, DJ Spooky and on Sub Rosa Records.

Karikis is shortlisted for the 2015 DAIWA Art Prize, his work is currently included in Listening at Bluecoat Liverpool and his forthcoming solo exhibition of new work will open at Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Newcastle in May 2015.    

Mikhail Karikis lives and works in London.

Iván Argote

Iván Argote’s practice deals with social, political and art historical fields through mediums as varied as video, photography, sculpture and painting. Being simultaneously the director and main actor in his work, Iván interrogates with humour the views and perspectives imposed by our social positions but also the status of an artwork and the notion of interactivity, which he addresses through a fictionalisation of the everyday.

Solo exhibitions include NC-Arte, Bogota, 2015; DT Project, Brussels, 2014; Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, 2014; Galerie Perrotin, Paris, 2014; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2013; Galeria ADN, Barcelona, 2013; CA2M, Madrid, 2012. His work has been exhibited in group shows at Musac, Léon; La Capella, Barcelona; Witte de With, Rotterdam; CAC, Cincinnati; Casa Encendida, Madrid; Total Museum, Seoul; Museo Carrilo Gil, México; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona.

Argote participated in the 30th Sao Paulo Biennial, 2012 and in the 5th Thessaloniki Biennial, 2015.

He was awarded the CIFO Grant – Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation 2015, Audi Talents Awards, 2013 and SAM Art Projects, 2011, among others.

Iván Argote lives and works in Paris.

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Date & Time

27 June 2015 at 10.30–13.00