July 25, 2006 - Serpentine Galleries - Serpentine Gallery Marathon: Friday 28 July, 6pm. – Saturday 29 July, 6pm
July 25, 2006

Serpentine Gallery Marathon: Friday 28 July, 6pm. – Saturday 29 July, 6pm

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2006: Designed by Rem Koolhaas and Cecil
Balmond, with Arup. Photograph by John Offenbach, 2006 Leading artists, writers, musicians and directors take part in 24-hour interview marathon in the park

Serpentine Gallery Marathon: London
24 hours. Starts Friday 28 July, 6pm. Ends Saturday 29 July, 6pm

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion and Lawn
Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
London, W2 3XA


Serpentine Gallery Marathon: London is the first of two 24-hour non-stop Interview Marathons being staged in and around the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2006, designed by Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond, with Arup. The Interview Marathons are part of the Time Out Park Nights at the Serpentine Gallery programme.

Guests come from a spectrum of fields and disciplines from artists and writers to scientists and historians, and include David Bailey, Zygmunt Bauman, Hussein Chalayan, Brian Eno, Gilbert and George, Zaha Hadid, Richard Hamilton, Damien Hirst, Jude Kelly, Hanif Kureishi, Doris Lessing, Ken Loach, Gautam Malkani, Richard Rogers, and Juergen Teller.

Developed and hosted by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rem Koolhaas, Serpentine Gallery Marathon: London has been devised in association with a team of guest advisers. The marathons are an extension of Hans Ulrich Obrists renowned interview series, but also of other projects and exhibitions on which he has collaborated with Rem Koolhaas, such as Cities on the Move and Mutations, which explored notions of the city and how to create a portrait of ever-changing cities at a given moment.

The event will be recorded and a publication created, making an archive of a moment in time of 21st century London. The Interview Marathons treat the past as a toolbox with which to make an almost archaeological slice of the present, comments Obrist, they are also intended as ongoing research that can lead to exhibitions, projects, publications and all manner of future collaborations.

Rem Koolhaas intention was for the Pavilion to be architecture of content, with particular attention paid to the conversations, discussions and events that take place within it. Beyond exhibitions, this project raises the question of how new communication methods and formats can be created for discussing culture and society, encouraging both a venturing out from art into other disciplines and a crossover of their respective audiences.

Julia Peyton-Jones, Director of the Serpentine Gallery said: This is a most exciting development for the Serpentine Gallerys programmes, and we hope, for London.

Participants confirmed so far:

Abake, Ken Adam, David Adjaye, Tariq Ali, Ron Arad, David Bailey, Shumon Basar, Zygmunt Bauman, Anat Ben-David, Michael Bracewell, Eleanor Bron, Hussein Chalayan, Peter Cook, Mark Cousins, Giles Deacon, Tony Elliott, Brian Eno, Cerith Wyn Evans, Pedro Ferreira, Sophie Fiennes, Ryan Gander, Gilbert & George, Ant Genn, David Greene & Samantha Hardingham, Zaha Hadid, Richard Hamilton, Russell Haswell, Roger Hiorns, Susan Hiller, Damien Hirst, Eric Hobsbawm, Charles Jencks, Isaac Julien, Patrick Keiller, Jude Kelly, Hanif Kureishi, Mark Leckey, Doris Lessing, Ken Loach, Gautam Malkani, Doreen Massey, Tom McCarthy, Gustav Metzger, Mary Midgley, Markus Miessen, Chantal Mouffe, Tim Newburn, Olivia Plender, Milan Rai, Richard Rogers, Marcus du Sautoy, Peter Saville, Marjorie Scardino, Denise Scott Brown, Yinka Shonibare, Iain Sinclair, Caruso St John, Juergen Teller, Tim OToole, Marina Warner, Eyal Weizman, Richard Wentworth, Jane & Louise Wilson.

The second Interview Marathon will take place on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October, and will focus on some of the key global issues of today.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Each summer, the Serpentine commissions an internationally acclaimed architect to design a temporary Pavilion for its lawn. The programme is unique worldwide. Conceived by Julia Peyton-Jones, Director, Serpentine Gallery, the project represents a rare opportunity for architects to create a more experimental structure in the United Kingdom, where none of those invited has ever built before. Those selected previously are Zaha Hadid, 2000, Daniel Libeskind with Arup, 2001, Toyo Ito with Arup, 2002, Oscar Niemeyer, 2003, MVRDV, 2004 (unrealised) and Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura with Cecil Balmond Arup, 2005.

Time Out Park Nights at the Serpentine Gallery includes the 24-hour Interview Marathons, 50ft open-air film screenings of Performance and Blue Velvet (4 & 5 August), Friday night talks, Pavilion screenings and artists events at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2006. For further information please visit www.timeout.com/parknights
Current exhibition:
Thomas Demand
6 June – 20 August
10am – 6pm daily, 10am – 10pm Fridays
Admission free
Tickets: TicketWeb 08700 600100
www.ticketweb.co.uk or at the Gallery Lobby Desk


Press Enquiries: Rose Dempsey/Tom Coupe, 020 7298 1520/8 rosed@serpentinegallery.org
Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
W2 3XA

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