Transformation Marathon

Transformation Marathon


Territorial Agency, Mesopotamia: territorial transformations at the age of global war, 2015. Multiyear satellite multispectral analysis, normalised difference vegetation index. © Territorial Agency.
October 8, 2015
Transformation Marathon
October 17–18, 2015
Kensington Gardens
London W2 3XA
Twitter / Facebook / #Transform15

Saturday, October 17, 10am–10pm, on stage at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and live-streamed via YouTube
Sunday, October 18, midnight–noon, on air at Serpentine Radio, (accessible from 17 October)

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Serpentine Marathon series, this year’s Transformation Marathon invites artists, sociologists, anthropologists, writers, musicians, architects, scientists and philosophers to address cultural, political and physical shifts. The Transformation Marathon invokes the hidden knowledge of magic and alchemy. It investigates the strategies of cyborgs, magicians, parasites and storytellers to consider how to represent and effect change in the face of complexity. How can the arts and sciences reimagine aesthetics and politics? How are these individual and collective actions reflective of a precarious landscape? This year’s Marathon also addresses the history and transformation of the art institution, with a series of interventions devised by Tino Sehgal and Dorothea von Hantelmann.

Returning to the 24-hour format of the inaugural Interview Marathon in 2006, the Transformation Marathon takes place at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery on Saturday, October 17 from 10am to 10pm and continues from midnight until noon on Sunday, October 18 on the first-ever Serpentine Radio broadcast, accessible at and presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, London. The event is live-streamed on the Serpentine’s YouTube channel.

Participants on stage and on air include: Peter Adamson; Etel Adnan; Sophia Al-Maria; Ayşe Gül Altınay; Katherine Angel; Julieta Aranda; Mary Bauermeister; Helen Benigson; Liz Berry; Nick Bostrom; Roy Boswell; Rosi Braidotti; Federico Campagna; Judy Chicago; Ken Cockburn; Gabriella Coleman; Company: Movements, Deals and Drinks (Myvillages); CA Conrad; Hilary Cottam; Aimee Meredith Cox; Elysia Crampton; Andrea Crespo; Jude Crilly; Abraham Cruzvillegas with Mark Godfrey; Keren Cytter; Deep Lab with Kate Crawford, Harlo Holmes, Madeleine Varner, Joana Varon and Addie Wagenknecht; John Densmore; Leah Borromeo and Katharine Round as Disobedient Films in collaboration with Jamie Perera; Marcus du Sautoy; Jimmie Durham; Francine Elena; Tim Etchells; Alec Finlay; Gilbert & George and Victoria; Harry Gilonis; Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster; Adam Greenfield; Robert Grenier; Haunted Machines (Natalie Kane and Tobias Revell); Lynn Hershman Leeson; Helen Hester; Adrian Hon; Charles Hope; Juliet Jacques; Alejandro Jodorowsky; François Jullien; Samson Kambalu; Alexandra Kleeman; Bill Kouligas; Bruno Latour; Gil Leung; Candice Lin; Anthony Arthur Long; Maurice Louca; Gabriel Ann Maher; Jumana Manna; Christien Meindertsma; Lucy Mercer; Patrick Mudekereza; Nil Mutluer; Nkisi; Jaakko Pallasvuo; Alice Rawsthorn; Rachel Rose; Declan Ryan; Aram Saroyan; Saskia Sassen; Tino Sehgal; Lorenzo Senni; Patrick Staff; Koki Tanaka; Yıldız Tar; Julia Tcharfas; Territorial Agency; Time Is Away; Jalal Toufic; Dorothea von Hantelmann; Peter Wächtler; Binyavanga Wainaina; Mark Waldron; Grace Wales Bonner; Steven Warwick (Heatsick); Eyal Weizman; Kim West; Holly White and more.

The Transformation Marathon is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects; Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator, Public Programmes; Ben Vickers, Curator of Digital and Claude Adjil, Assistant Curator. Curatorial Assistants: Chris Bayley, Taylor Le Melle, Sophie Oxenbridge, Cory Scozzari and Nefeli Skarmea.

The Serpentine Marathon series was conceived by Co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist in 2006 and is deeply intertwined with the annual Serpentine Pavilion commission, launched by Director Julia Peyton-Jones in 2000.

Transformation Marathon supported by
The Lars Windhorst Foundation
The Hayden Family Foundation
Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Goethe-Institut, London
And those donors who wish to remain anonymous

Technology and Media Partners
Google Cultural Institute


Serpentine Galleries supported by
Arts Council England

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