Mira Calix is an award-winning artist and composer based in the United Kingdom. Music and sound, which she considers a sculptural material, are at the centre of her practice. Her work explores the manipulation of the material into visible, physical forms through multi-disciplinary installations, sculpture, video and performance works. Calix’s practice is fluid allowing research, site, and subject to influence a shifting choice of materials and mediums.
Calix has been commissioned by, and exhibited and performed works in many leading cultural institutions internationally including; The Royal Shakespeare Company, Carriageworks, MONA, Performa, the Barbican, Art Basel, Lincoln Center, the Coventry Biennial, Shakespeares Globe, Melbourne Recital Centre, Sonar, Latitude Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Manchester International festival and the London Olympics amongst others
Since her debut self-produced, predominantly electronic album on Warp Records, one on one in 2000, (Calix prefers uncapitalised titles) she has expanded her musical practice to include written scores for classical orchestration, working with the London Sinfonietta, Ligeti Quartet, Bang On A Can, Alarm Will Sound, Opera North and others. Alongside her solo work, she is a keen collaborator, frequently working with a wide range of global musicians, dancers and artists as well forerunners in other disciplines – science, technology, architecture, theatre and film.
inside there falls, Calix’s large scale mixed media installation at Carriageworks in Australia, premiered in 2015 as part of the Sydney Festival. The artwork was a multi-sensory installation comprising of over 1.5km of paper,164 channel custom sound system, lights and movement A blanched new landscape that seamlessly blended technological innovation and organic materials, by exploring the nature of storytelling. Calix invited acclaimed choreographer Raphael Bonachela to participate in the work which incorporated durational performances by members of the Sydney Dance Company.
In 2016 Calix opened the moving museum 35, a temporary soundart mixed-media installation situated on a public bus in China. Her project was created in collaboration with students based at Nanjing University Of the Arts, and was supported by the British Council and JC Decaux, and part of the UK in China cultural exchange program. The project ran for three months with the dual function of museum and mode of public transport for mostly blue collar workers. It was the first public artwork presented in the city of Nanjing,
In 2018 Calix exhibited processed-based performance audio visual work titled if or unless? for Good Grief, Charlie Brown! a group exhibition at Somerset House, and a sound installation at The Tower of London, An ambitious multi-channel choral work, with durational performance Beyond The Deepening Shadow – was commissioned to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War, made front page news, and had an audience of over 300 000 in attendance, over a week of evening performances.
Ode to the future, an audio visual work that involved collaborating with 6 foetuses in utero and ultrasound specialists, won both the Gold and The People’s European Lovie Award in the Music & Entertainment category 2018.
In 2019 Calix released the utopia EP on Warp Records. The first track; rightclick was originally written as a soundtrack for Adam Thirlwell’s short film of the same name. The film, produced by Random Acts, stars Lily Cole and Lily McMenamy. Later in the year Mira presented a performative installation works at Bozar Brussels, Hunsgate Church, Norwich and Wellington in Shanghai. In the autumn, Other Spaces a collaboration with United Visual Artists opened at 180 the Strand with an accompanying release on The Vinyl Factory.
2021 sees Calix presents an audio visual artwork, 16 weeks at Mimosa House London as part of the exhibition Syncopes curated by Daria Khan. In the autumn Mira premieres a new work commissioned by the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s , a pefromance at Tate Modern, an istallation at Monom, Berlin and opens collaborative installation with SDNA at the Francis Crick Institute gallery in London which will run until spring 2022.
For press enquires contact TSF PR