The Serpentine Podcast: On Work

The Serpentine Podcast: On Work


Lesley Lokko and Beatriz Colomina. Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE. Photo: Daria Scagliola

August 30, 2018
The Serpentine Podcast: On Work
A collaboration with Furtherfield, London, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam and the Design Museum, London
August 16–September 22, 2018
#serpentineradio / #workmarathon

In advance of the Serpentine Work Marathon (London, September 22, 2018), Serpentine Radio releases a new series of specially-conceived podcasts discussing key themes and topics around work, labour, leisure and automation. The first three podcasts are produced collaboratively with Furtherfield, London; Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam and the Design Museum, London. The Serpentine Podcast: On Work is presented by Victoria Sin.

Further episodes will be released in the weeks following the Work Marathon.

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Episode 1: PLAYBOUR: Work, Pleasure, Survival
In collaboration with Furtherfield

Released August 16, 2018

In this episode, the Serpentine partners with Furtherfield, a gallery based in Finsbury Park, to discuss their exhibition: Playbour: Work, Pleasure, Survival. Playbour curator Dani Admiss invites researcher Dr Jamie Woodcock and journalist Miranda Hall for a discussion on playbour and gamification. The hosts also listen to Treebour: an audio art piece by Marija Bozinovska Jones, originally created for Furtherfield’s Playbour exhibition, and  sound works by Cassie Thornton.

In collaboration with WORK, BODY, LEISURE (Dutch Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale / Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam)
Released August 30, 2018

Marina Otero Verzier, Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut, chairs a conversation about labour in an interspecies and posthuman landscape. Participants include curator and researcher Amal Alhaag, posthuman ethics scholar Patricia MacCormack, artist and researcher Susan Schuppli and sound works by artist Noam Toran.

Episode 3: HOME
In collaboration with the Design Museum

Released September 13, 2018

The Design Museum’s Chief Curator, Justin McGuirk, chairs a panel on the merging of work and home life: the growing pattern of home becoming a workplace and workplaces pretending to be more like home, challenges traditional notions of efficiency, domesticity and labour. Participants include Anab Jain (Superflux) and architect and researcher Frances Holliss. The conversation, produced on the occasion of the Work Marathon, is a prelude to the Design Museum’s forthcoming exhibition Home Futures (November 7, 2018–March 24, 2019). With the participation of designer and researcher Simone Niquille, and sound works by Le Grand Jäger.

The Serpentine Podcast: On Work is curated by Lucia Pietroiusti and Kay Watson. Guest curators are Dani Admiss and Ruth Catlow (Episode 1), Marina Otero Verzier (Episode 2); Justin McGuirk and Sumitra Upham (Episode 3). The series is produced by Jessie Lawson and Jack Howson from Reduced Listening, with sound design by Dane Law. Mixing by Rob Winter.

Work Marathon
Royal Geographical Society, London
Saturday September 22, 2018, 10am–10pm
Tickets available via Ticketweb

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.

Led by Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director, Hans Ulrich Obrist and co-conceived with Prof. Bernard Stiegler, the Work Marathon gathers experts from around the world to consider the question of work from economic, cultural, social and political perspective, in an age in which labour conditions, environmental resources, and global politics are entangled in a complex web.

The Work Marathon will be live-streamed at

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; 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; Yana Peel; Alice Rawsthorn; Bernard Stiegler; Phoebe Tickell; Sumitra Upham.

The 2018 Work Marathon is supported by DLD and Pictet Group. Additional support is provided by Goethe-Institut, London.

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August 30, 2018

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