Serpentine Galleries, London, United Kingdom 22 Sep 2018
Installation view of Patrick Staff: Weed Killer, MOCA Grand Avenue. Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the artist. Photo: Zak Kelley
The 2018 Work Marathon invites artists, sociologists, anthropologists, writers, musicians, architects, scientists and philosophers to address the complex and timely questions of work, labour, automation and leisure.
It explores issues including technological developments enabling automation; its impact on labour and work; the political urgencies of coerced and invisible labour; the differentiation between labour, employment and work; and the role of non-human agents, including artificial intelligence, non-human animals and materials, in the context of planetary-scale ecologies.
This year’s Marathon builds on the 2017’s GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! Marathon, which focused on artificial intelligence and questions of consciousness.
The Work Marathon is conceived in collaboration with Professor Bernard Stiegler who will gather experts from around the world to consider economics for an age of environmental crisis, looking to reduce the human footprint on the planet and reverse the phenomenon of entropy that seems endemic to capital. With Stiegler’s advice, the Work Marathon has the goal of contributing to the writing of a manifesto, the first version of which will be issued on September 23rd, with the definitive version being sent to the United Nations, in Geneva, on January 10th, 2020 – the centenary anniversary of the League of Nations.
Participants include: Dani Admiss, Amal Alhaag, Anne Alombert, Sara Baranzoni, David Berry, Mark Boyle, Marija Bozinovska Jones, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Lily Cole, Beatriz Colomina, Stella Creasy, Mark Cousins, Adam Curtis, Rana Dasgupta, Aria Dean, Julien Dossier, Marcus du Sautoy, Divya Dwivedi, Cao Fei, Peter Fischli, Noel Fitzpatrick, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Formafantasma, Fernando García-Dory, GCC, Anna Bella Geiger, Giacomo Gilmozzi, Gaël Giraud, Goldin + Senneby, Jon Gray, Miranda Hall, Madeline Hollander, Frances Holliss, Yuk Hui, Anne Imhof, Anab Jain, Josh Kline, Olivier Landau, Le Grand Jäger, Helen Lewis, Giuseppe Longo, Glenn Loughran, Patricia MacCormack, Justin McGuirk, Shaj Mohan, Maël Montévil, Gerald Moore, Clément Morlat, Richard Mosse, Farshid Moussavi, Oscar Murillo, Simone Niquille, Precious Okoyomon, Yoko Ono, Wilson Oryema, Marina Otero Verzier, Nina Power, Vincent Puig, Venkatesh Rao, Pedro Reyes, Daniel Ross, Saskia Sassen, Susan Schuppli, Emily Segal, Jack Self, Nick Srnicek, Patrick Staff, Bernard Stiegler, Alain Supiot, Jamie Susskind, James Suzman, Territorial Agency, Cassie Thornton, Phoebe Tickell, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Noam Toran, Paolo Vignola, Marina Vishmidt, Jamie Woodcock, Nil Yalter and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
In advance of the Work Marathon, the series The Serpentine Podcast: On Work, released on radio.serpentinegalleries.org, discusses topics connected to the Marathon. The first three episodes, presented by Victoria Sin with Lucia Pietroiusti, are produced in collaboration with the Design Museum, London, Furtherfield, London and WORK, BODY, LEISURE (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam). Subscribe via iTunes
The Work Marathon is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries; Claude Adjil, Associate Curator; Live Programmes; Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator, General Ecology; Kostas Stasinopoulos, Assistant Curator, Live Programmes; Ben Vickers, CTO and Kay Watson, Digital Curator.
Core Advisory Team: Dani Admiss, Alex Anikina, Daniel Ben-Chorin, Lizzie Carey-Thomas, Ruth Catlow, Lily Cole, Steffi Czerny, Marcus du Sautoy, Luba Elliot, Jefferson Hack, Hannah Kaye, Amal Khalaf, Matt McAllester, Justin McGuirk, Marina Otero Verzier, Stephen Peel, Yana Peel, Alice Rawsthorn, Bernard Stiegler, Phoebe Tickell and Sumitra Upham.
Curatorial Assistants: Caterina Avataneo and Tamar Clarke-Brown.
Producers: Kamal Ackarie and Holly Shuttleworth.
Podcasts produced by Jessie Lawson and Jack Howson (Reduced Listening).
The 2018 Work Marathon is supported by The Hayden Family Foundation, Karen Roth, DLD, Pictet Group, Instituto Inclusartiz and Intelligence Squared. Additional support is provided by Goethe-Institut, London.
10am-10pm: The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
11am-4pm: Interventions in and around the Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Frida Escobedo
The Serpentine Podcast: On Work: Subscribe on iTunes