Ferocious Love - workshop with Mikhail Karikis


1st to 4th December 2020, 5 to 8pm. Face-to-face workshop at Intermediae - Matadero Madrid

FEROCIOUS LOVE (AMOR FEROZ) or how to co-create contemporary art projects with children and young people

Curated by hablarenarte as part of Cultural Creative Spaces and Cities European project and in collaboration with Intermediae - MEC (Matadero Critical Studies).


Digital natives, visual, global and technological, social-mediated and able to produce and share content that represents themselves and their world around them - these are today’s children and young people. How do creative practitioners, arts organisations and institutions connect with generations Z and Alpha? How do we begin to engage with the ways they think and talk about the world around them which is dominated by adults, their structures and dramatic transformations? What cultures do children, teenagers and young people choose to immerse themselves in and express themselves through? What cultures do they produce?


Focusing on specific examples of art projects created with children, teenagers and young adults through participatory and socially-embedded methodologies, this workshop with artist Mikhail Karikis aims to equip project-participants with specialist knowledge, share practical experience, give theoretical prompts and activate critical thinking on commissioning, considering the impact of art projects that engage young people. Through exercises and group activities we will also reflect on class, race and the socio-economic contexts in which the specific art projects examined have been created. We will also discuss acoustic ecology, techno-dystopian legacies and childhood activism, climate anxiety, eco-conflict and environmental degradation, defiant adolescence, youth aspirations, spatial justice, sonic agency and activist imaginary, youth music subculture and political love.

The workshop is aimed at artists, managers, educators, curators, researchers and anyone else interested in working with children following a mutual learning methodology.




The workshop will consist of three sessions of 3 hours each with Mikhail Karikis and a round table on the possibility of developing Children's Advisory Councils within cultural institutions on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 2.

  • LANGUAGE: the workshop will be held in English.
  • Free of charge.
  • LOCATION AND FORMAT: all sessions, including the round table, will take place in Intermediae, in Matadero Madrid. All sessions will be face-to-face. If due to unforeseen circumstances they cannot be carried out in person, the workshop is designed to be able to move to the digital space and to be carried out remotely.


WORKSHOP SCHEDULEThe workshop will take place between December 1 and 4, 2020.

  • Tuesday, December 1, 17 - 20h. (presentations and readings)
  • Wednesday December 2, 17 - 20h. (round table)
  • Thursday, December 3, 17 - 20h. (teamwork and exercises)
  • Friday December 4, 17 - 20h. (sharing, final action and farewell)



  • The maximum number of participants is 20.
  • The selection of participants will be made based on the information provided by the interested parties, especially, based on their interest in working with children from inclusive, collaborative and experimental perspectives.
  • Call open until the 23th of November, 2020.


ROUND TABLE: On Wednesday, December 2, the participants in the workshop will attend a round table on how to promote and maintain children's councils and advisory boards within cultural institutions. With Mikhail Karikis (artist), Rosa Ferré (director of Matadero Madrid director), Gisel Noè (director of Mataró Art Contemporani), Inez Veldman (educator at the Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam), and Lucía Zandigiacomi (architect, member of the urbanism and participation cooperative Raons Publiques), among others.



Mikhail Karikis is a Greek/British artist based in London and Lisbon. His work in moving image, sound, performance and other media is exhibited in leading contemporary art biennials, museums and film festivals internationally. Through collaborations with individuals and/or communities located beyond the circles of contemporary art and (in recent years) with children, teenagers, young adults and people with disabilities, Karikis develops socially embedded projects that prompt an activist imaginary and rouse the potential to imagine possible or desired futures of self-determination and potency. Centering on listening as an artistic strategy and focusing on themes of social and environmental justice, his projects highlight alternative modes of human action and solidarity, while nurturing critical attention, dignity and tenderness.

This workshop takes place within the framework of the European Cultural Creative Spaces and Cities project. CCSC is a research and co-design project that involves seven European cities and some thirty cultural, artistic and academic organizations in the international arena. For two and a half years, the project connects citizen initiatives and cultural spaces with local political leaders through various participatory processes. The objective is to highlight those basic artistic and cultural initiatives that actively transform public spaces and cities, and from this practice propose a compendium of recommendations and proposals to be implemented in the EU.



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