Saturday 18 October, 12pm - 10pm
Sunday 19 October, 12pm - 8pm
Premiere of Seeds of Time: Sunday 19 October, 10am, Gate Picturehouse (click here for information)
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Tickets £20/£15 conc. (two day) or £15/£10 conc. (one day), available on Ticketweb here and from the Serpentine Galleries, +44(0)207 402 6075.
On the weekend of 18 and 19 October – during the Frieze Art Fair – Serpentine Galleries presents the Extinction Marathon, the ninth in the Galleries' yearly Marathon series. Artists, writers, scientists, film-makers, choreographers, theorists and musicians explore the complex and timely topic of extinction through talks, conversations, performances and screenings.
Felt across the humanities and the sciences alike, the spectre of extinction looms over the ways in which we understand our being in the world today. Environmental degradation, atomic weapons, threats communities and languages, global warming, economic collapses, natural catastrophes, life wiped out by genocide, disease and hunger – the constellation of topics around extinction is ever-expansive and as urgent now as ever before.
Both a reflexive overview and a call to action, the two-day event invites us to respond, together, to a changing world, addressing visions of the future in all their scientific, artistic and literary ramifications. The Extinction Marathon is programmed in collaboration with artist Gustav Metzger, whose work – including his Serpentine Gallery exhibition Decades 1959 – 2009 – addresses extinction and climate change.
Participants include artist and poet Etel Adnan; artist Maria Thereza Alves; artistKorakrit Arunanondchai; artist Ed Atkins; conservationist Jonathan Baillie; architectAlessandro Bava; writer and media activist Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi; designer Irma Boom; Founder of The Whole Earth Catalog and Co-Founder of The Long Now Foundation, Stewart Brand; artist James Bridle; EDGE Foundation founder John Brockman; philosopher Federico Campagna; artist Heman Chong; martist Yve Laris Cohen; odel and actress Lily Cole; neuroscientist Molly Crockett; philosopher Helena Cronin; film-maker Adam Curtis; artist Jesse Darling; artist Benedict Drew; artist and poet Jimmie Durham; mathematician Marcus du Sautoy; palaeontologist Richard Fortey; agriculturalist and biodiversity archivist Cary Fowler; artists Gilbert & George; cultural critic and queer theorist Jack Halberstam; artist Susan Hiller; artist and designer Marguerite Humeau; choreographer Mette Ingvartsen; environmental social scientist Jennifer Jacquet; biologist and author Steve Jones; former Royal Navy Rear Admiral Nick Lambert; speculative designer Lisa Ma; biologist Georgina Mace; physicistChiara Marletto; film-maker Sandy McLeod; artist and activist Gustav Metzger; artistKatja Novitskova; artist Trevor Paglen; artist Cornelia Parker; artist Hetain Patel; anthropologist Elizabeth Povinelli; evolutionary ornithologist Richard Prum; design writer Alice Rawsthorn; astrophysicist Martin Rees; Professor, Operational Research,Jonathan Rosenhead; artist Jeremy Shaw; artist Shimabuku; film-maker Eyal Sivan; writer Adam Thirlwell; environmental lawyer James Thornton; musician and sound recordist Chris Watson; artist Cerith Wyn Evans and artist Anna Zett. Contributions by artist and writer Sophia Al-Maria; sociologist Zygmunt Bauman; artist Paul Chan; artistTacita Dean; artist Olafur Eliasson; artist Anna Galkina; writer William Gibson; authorDaniel Kehlmann; poet Joanne Kyger; concrete poet Franz Mon; philosopher Timothy Morton; artist Yoko Ono; artist and poet Heather Phillipson; film-maker Laura Poitras and designers David Rudnick and Raf Rennie.
The Marathon is live-streamed by thespace.org, which partners with Serpentine for the Extinction Marathon in 2014. The Space hosts two new digital commissions by Gustav Metzger and Ed Atkins in addition to the online platform EXTINCT.LY, which gathers data about global resource depletion, conflict zones and climate change scenarios as well as artists’ projects and activists’ calls to action, including works by Kari Altmann;Kev Bewersdorf; David Blandy; Benjamin Bratton; Femke Herregraven; Italian Limes;Emily Jones; Maurizio Lazzarato; Lisa Ma; Alex Mackin Dolan; Timothy Morton; Julian Oliver; Tobias Revell; UBERMORGEN; Michael Wang; Liam Young and Anna Zett.
While The Magazine at the Sackler Gallery will present on-stage participations, talks, screenings and performances, the Serpentine Pavilion 2014, designed by Smiljan Radić, presents an installation by Katja Novitskova as well as a series of workshops by artist and curator Julia Tcharfas.
On Sunday 19 October, the Extinction Marathon begins with the London premiere of the documentary Seeds of Time, directed by Sandy McLeod, which follows crop diversity pioneer Cary Fowler on a journey to saving the one resources we cannot live without: seeds. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Cary Fowler and Sandy McLeod at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and is free for Marathon ticket-holders. Booking required. Click here for more information.
Please note the programme and all timings are subject to change without notice, in advance of the Marathon as well as throughout the event.
SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER
12-3pm, Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Julia Peyton-Jones, Introduction
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Introduction
Gustav Metzger, Introduction
Cornelia Parker, Howl: A Tirade
Gilbert & George in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
James Bridle, What The Network Teaches
Jonathan Rosenhead, Climate Change and Extinction – A Racing Uncertainty
Marcus Du Sautoy, Death by Mathematics
Alessandro Bava, Dialogue between Nature and an Icelander
Stewart Brand, John Brockman, Richard Prum and Hans Ulrich Obrist, De-Extinction
Molly Crockett, Helena Cronin, Jennifer Jacquet, Steve Jones and Chiara Marletto
Georgina Mace, Are We in the Midst of a Mass Extinction?
Richard Fortey, The Long and the Short Stories of Extinction
Jimmie Durham, The Family
Etel Adnan, reading from The Arab Apocalypse
Joanne Kyger, read by Etel Adnan
Marguerite Humeau, Cleopatra ‘That Goddess’ Recital
Yve Laris Cohen, Ligusticum Porteri
Hetain Patel, beMovie 2.0
Susan Hiller, The Last Silent Movie
Adam Thirlwell and Daniel Kehlmann, Conversation with Thomas Bernhard
Jack Halberstam, On Being Late, and Other Short Essays on Becoming Ex-Human
Ed Atkins, Happy Birthday!! we sang
10pm, live stream only on thespace.org and EXTINCT.LY
Anna Zett, This Unwieldy Object
SUNDAY 19 OCTOBER
10am, Gate Picturehouse, 87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ
London premiere of Seeds of Time, 2014, dir. Sandy McLeod
Free, booking required. To reserve a seat visit seedsoftime.eventbrite.com
12-3pm, Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Julia Peyton-Jones, Introduction
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Introduction
Cary Fowler and Sandy McLeod in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
Irma Boom in conversation with Alice Rawsthorn, The Book: A Case for Survival
Shimabuku, Can you Clean a Fish?
Katja Novitskova, Neverending Story: Patterns of Survival and Expansion Curves
Korakrit Arunanondchai, 2012-2014 (Trailers)
Trevor Paglen, From Fibre-Optic Beings to Fossils in the Sky
Elizabeth Povinelli, The Three Figures of Extinction
Anna Zett, DINOSAUR.GIF
Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, IWATCH my Future (The techno-media Utopia: pre-scription of our future life)
Federico Campagna, The Root of Extinction
Ed Atkins, reading W.S. Merwin, selected by William Gibson
Heman Chong, A Short Story about the End of the World
Martin Rees, Threats to Humanity; or, Will We Survive the Century?
Lisa Ma, Dilemmas
Chris Watson, Ring Angels
Jeremy Shaw, Quickeners(excerpt)
Lily Cole, performing Yoko Ono’s Bell for Serpentine
Additional contributions by
Maria Thereza Alves, AXOLOTL (poster)
Zygmunt Bauman, conversation excerpts in the Extinction Marathon programme
Tacita Dean, poster
Olafur Eliasson, poster
Anna Galkina, poster
Franz Mon, Wortbilder
Heather Phillipson, stage design
Julia Tcharfas, workshops in the Serpentine Pavilion
On The Space and EXTINCT.LY
The event is live-streamed by thespace.org, which partners with Serpentine for the Extinction Marathon in 2014 and hosts newly commissioned texts and artworks as well as the platform EXTINCT.LY. The Space and EXTINCT.LY includes works by
Ed Atkinsm www.80072745
David Blandy, Tutorial: How to Make a Short Video about Extinction
Benjamin Bratton, Notes on Extinction, Emergence and Biochemical Design
Emily Jones, (I want you to stay) #homni
Maurizio Lazzarato, Extinction
Lisa Ma, How to Be a Bioluddite
Alex Mackin Dolan
Timothy Morton, I’ve Been Kicked in the Biosphere
Tobias Revell, The Ongoing Collapse
Michael Wang, Extinct in the Wild
Anna Zett, This Unwieldy Object
Extinction Marathon: Visions of the Future is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects; artist Gustav Metzger; Jochen Volz, Head of Programmes; Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator, Public Programmes; Ben Vickers, Curator of Digital and Claude Adjil, Assistant Curator
Curatorial Assistants: Sarah Shattock, Joseph Constable and Bridie Hindle. Producer: Iain Pate, Technical Director: Kamal Ackarie
EXTINCT.LY produced by Ben Vickers, Kei Kreutler, Lizzie Homersham, Owen Lacey, David Rudnick and Raf Rennie
Programme design and Extinction identity by David Rudnick and Raf Rennie
Live blog by Huw Lemmey. Live stream by Trickbox
Open is a £1 million initiative for new site-specific commissions across the UK
In addition to the two winning proposals from Maria Fusco and Adrian Jackson in collaboration with Andrea Zimmerman, the panel received over 700 submissions in 2014.
The Open Longlist is a selection of these submissions, showcasing an extraordinary reservoir of ideas for a huge range of possible locations - as well as a few impossible ones.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
ATOI – Amy Thomas and Oliver Irvine
Jason E. Bowman
Lee Chaos / Adrian Giddings
Gayle Chong Kwan
Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen
Wijnand de Jonge
Peter J Evans
Rebecca French / Andrew Mottershead
Mark and Daniel Goddard
Paloma Gormley / Lettice Drake / Matthew Herbert
Mary Griffiths (Artist) and Sophia Crilly (Curator)
Shanaz Gulzar and Steve Manthorp
Kerry Morrison (artist) and Paul Fyles (engineer)
Jack Furness / Nikki Parrott
Amy Rose/ Tim Vincent Smith / Max Baillie: The Auracle
David Rosenberg / Frauke Requardt
Stephanie Rubin and Jonathan Hogg
OutputArts: Andy D'Cruz / Jonathan Hogg / Hilary Sleiman
Stephanie Smith / Eddie Stewart
Liv Spencer / Rafe Beckley
Richard Strange, Gavin Bryars, Doctors of Madness, Audrey Riley, Sarah Jane Morris, Gavin Turk, Haroon Mirza, Kate St John, Terry Edwards, Jeremy Reed and Ginger Light, Rupert Thomson, David Coulter and Seb Rochford, Atar Shafighian, Raf and O, and Luca Silvestrini as participants and collaborators
Kai Syng Tan
John Topping & Karen Topping / REALTYNE
Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll / Michal Murawski
Biters- Larry Achiampong and David Blandy performed as part of Africa Utopia, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
14th September 2014
Video pieces and sonic experiments by emerging artists working in Africa and the diaspora.
Conceived as part of Africa Utopia 2014, this project draws from the notion of utopia as a concept allowing the reinvention of an African experiences, memories and narratives both from an individual and collective perspective. It also aims at grounding new media arts as a contemporary practice in Africa, and places artistic innovations from the continent in the immediate present.
The artists featured include Larry Achiampong (UK/Ghana) and David Blandy (UK); Nirveda Alleck (Mauritius); Younes Baba-Ali (Morocco/Belgium); Em’Kal Eyongakpa (Cameroon); Cecilia Ferreira (South Africa); Chido Johnson (Zimbabwe/US), and Laura Nsengiyumva (Belgium/Rwanda).
Digital Africa is dedicated to the memory of leading Malian video artist Bakary Diallo (1979-2014) who passed away in the Air Algérie tragedy on 24 July.
This display is conceived by Christine Eyene, curator and Guild Research Fellow in Contemporary Art, University of Central Lancashire.
Friday 12 – Sunday 14 September 2014
A screening in the forest at Sällbacken in Duved, Jämtland, Sweden
The Artist Colony presented Turtle Salon in the Forest, a temporary screening location amongst the trees in one of the vast forests of Northern Sweden. Organised as an open study night, the Artist Colony invited the public to experience a collection of video and film works drawn from the Turtle Salon network.
Compiling works by well known, mid career and emerging artists as well as those who make art without considering themselves artists, the event presented the opportunity to view work chosen by the artists and makers themselves. In an all night event this outdoor screening brought together a wide range of approaches to the moving image.
Works by Lawrence Weiner (US), Ori Gersht (ISR), Kjartan Slettemark (NO), Rod Dickinson (UK), Mikhail Karikis (GR), Rirkrit Tiravanija (AR), DoddaMaggý (IS), Michael Curran (UK), Sofia Dahlgren (SE), David Blandy (UK), Elín Hansdóttir (IS), Larry Achiampong (UK), Jem Cohen (US), Marlene Haring (AT), Michael H Shamberg (US), Elisabeth S Clark and Luke Aaron Clark (UK), Ruben Montini (IT), Alexander Pohnert (D), Bjørn Venø (NO), Ned Richardson (US), Francesco Fonassi (IT), Anthony Auerbach (UK), Meg Mosley (UK), Biters (Larry Achiampong & David Blandy), Nick Cash (UK), nüans (D,TR,JP), Sarah Miles (UK), Stephen Dorian Kutos (US), Sunee H Markosov (KR), Anjelica Bergamini (IT), Anna Faroqhi and Haim Peretz (D), Daniel Devlin (UK), Eiji Suzue (JP), Joana Roberto (PT), Joshua Frankel (D), Katia Roessel (D), Martin Hardouin Duparc (FR), MJWB and the NOLA ARTICHOKE BAND (US), the members of the Artist Colony Malin Ståhl (SE), Emma Wieslander (SE), Sara Bjarland (FI), Gerbrand Burger (NL), Alex Kent (UK) and Rebecca Mir Grady (US).
About Turtle Salon
Turtle Salon is a network founded by Michael H. Shamberg and which for him characterizes an approach to life and art. As a consequence of the Lebanese civil war and conflict with Israel, an area of beach formerly frequented by tourists
became a no man's land. In that space, undisturbed by people, the threatened sea turtles thrived - healing in the midst of war, in an chance space. Turtle Salon’s association to sea turtles brings forth the sense of peacefulness, wisdom, mystery and durability these animals convey.
Michael H. Shamberg is best know for his work as producer of music videos, in particular for his work with New Order, Patti Smith and R.E.M. He has also worked with artists Lawrence Weiner and Nancy Holt, Dan Graham, Vito Acconci and Robert Wilson among others.
About the Artist Colony
The Artist Colony is a place for artists to come together. With no requirement of ‘producing’ a group of artists meet to talk about art and explore subjects located outside of the trajectory of their own practice. Previously the Artist Colony have met at Solbacka in Borgå archipelago in Southern Finland and at Finca el Juncal in the Andalucian mountains in
Southern Spain. In Finland the Artist Colony spent time exploring local traditions while in Spain the focus was on nonmaterial explorations. This year the Artist Colony is gathering at Sällbacken in Duved in Northern Sweden to consider the screened and the mediated.
With grateful thanks to all the artists who are showed their work.
Thank you, Färgfabriken Stockholm for kindly supporting the event.
Biters are performing again at Modern Art Oxford this Thursday, 8pm. Stolen rhymes for your mind.
Rawness remixed. With Larry Achiampong.
This Sunday marks the final day of The Big Art Secret 2 ebay auction, which is raising money for St Wilfrid's Hospice and Towner. With over 1,300 postcards on display at Towner, there are still many postcards going for only 99p. Don't miss out on your chance to bid and win postcard-sized artwork from the likes of Grayson Perry, plus fabulous Eastbourne, Sussex and national artists.
Visit thebigartsecret.org.uk and get bidding for a bargain for a good cause.
Larry Achiampong & David Blandy Perform Live Tonight as part of 'After/Hours/Drop/Box**LIVE**'.
Spike Island, Bristol; Sat 1st March, From 8pm
(n) A person who steals another’s words, style or ideas.
Spike Island (Saturday 1st March)
Artsadmin (Thursday 3rd April)
Modern Art Oxford (Date TBC)
More dates to follow.
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Biters is a project made possible with the help of Arts Council England.
Friday 17th January, 6pm, Filmsaal 2 EG
David Blandy Screening & Q&A
David Blandy is a Jury Member of the Short Film programme with Austrian film and media scholar Gabriele Jutz and American filmmaker Jennifer Reeder.
'Totally Devoted', screening event, Outcasting at Temporary Art Projects, Southend on Sea
Saturday 30th November. 11am – 4pm daytime screenings. 5pm screening and artist’s talks / drinks and networking
Outcasting and Temporary Art Projects are pleased to present Totally Devoted – a screening of moving image works informed by the artists’ fanaticism for film, cinema and celluloid.
Curated by Edward Adam.
Through considered appropriation, re-enactment, archival excavation, editing and in some cases hours of rendering, the selected works highlight the influence of film and popular culture on artistic practice, revealing artists who engage enthusiastically with the language of cinema; the artist as a film fan.
Temporary Art Projects
Southend on Sea
6:30pm November 30th Friday
November 30-December 31st 2013
AFTER/HOURS/DROP/BOX curated by John Lawrence at Modern Art Oxford
A consistently experimental genre, the music video spans a changing technological period. From the early documentation of live performance, artists have both incorporated and influenced the narrative techniques and marketing devices employed by the music industry.
AFTER/HOURS/DROP/BOX draws upon the reciprocal relationship of the artist as both a radical innovator and as an active and influential consumer of the medium.
For Modern Art Oxford A/H/D/B presents a selected video showreel including works by GEORGE BARBER / MICHAEL BELL-SMITH / DAVID BLANDY / PAUL B DAVIS / MARK DEAN / GRAHAM DOLPHIN / PETER DONALDSON / THE DUVET BROTHERS / GERY GEORGIEVA / GUTHRIE LONERGAN / ANDREW MANIA / CHRISTIAN “MEGAZORD” OLDHAM / HANNAH PERRY / JUHA VAN INGEN / JAMES ROBERTSON / ROY VOSS / PIL AND GALIA KOLLECTIV
AFTER/HOURS/DROP/BOX is a project by artist John Lawrence and was originally exhibited at ANDOR Gallery, London.
After/Hours/Drop/Box Panel Discussion: 5 December, 7pm
After/Hours/Drop/Box**LIVE** performance: 12 December, 7pm
Modern Art Oxford
30 Pembroke Street
'Helix', A Lighthouse & Wellcome Trust Commission
As part of London Science Festival
Preview 24th October 2013, 6-9pm
Helix is a collaborative digital graphic novel created by artist David Blandy, scientist and writer Adam Rutherford and illustrator Daniel Locke. Helix tells the history of DNA from the perspective of a 500-year-old man kept alive by genetic therapy. The story spans a 40,000 year period, from ancient chimera, to modern day spider goats, to a speculated future of centuries old human beings.
Exhibition on: 25th-30th October, 11am-6pm
GV Art Gallery, 49 Chiltern Street, London W1U 6LY
as part of London Science Festival
Helix is supported by the Wellcome Trust.
Lighthouse is supported by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Palace Projects is an artwork by Darren Banks re-contextualizing the UK Palace Pictures company who were the leading British producer and distributor of film on VHS throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Palace Projects looks at Palace horror films in a wider context through artwork, writing, filmmaking and curating.
Images above from top clockwise: David Blandy, Princess Osu, Lachlan Rattray
The ‘Annotated Palace Collection’ (APC) is comprised of two bodies of creative work. Firstly 15 writers have written short texts in response to each film. Secondly 15 artists have been invited to create posters for each of the film titles, based on the supposedly blind-design method of Ghanaian cinema posters. The texts and images will be brought together in a small publication in 2014.
In the 1980s, Ghanaian artists created film posters to promote screenings of films distributed on VHS. It is possible that the artists had never seen, or knew little about, the films when they made their posters.
Artists: Lady Lucy, Evil Dead 2; Tim Greaves, Night Of The Living Dead; Lachlann Rattray, The Hills Have Eyes; John Russell, Terror In The Aisles; MichelleHannah, Basket Case; Jamie Shovlin, Brain Damage; Sophia Crilly, Santa Sangre; Flora Whiteley, Night Of The Demons; Laura Lancaster, Creepers; David Blandy, Carnival Of Souls; Ian Gonczarow, Trick Or Treat, Graham Dolphin, Vampire At Midnight; Simon Woolham, Edge of Insanity; Lyndsay Mann, Dream Demon; Ruth A Edwards, Evil Dead.
David Blandy 'Anjin 1600: Edo Wonderpark', Create London
Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Road
Exhibition on until 26th October 2013
Thursday 24th-Sat 26th October, 12-6pm
Curated by Keith Whittle under his commissioning agency Fountain
Co-produced by Elizabeth Newell
Installations made in collaboration with Rhino Rock and AAS Group
David Blandy’s new video work Biter is an Artsadmin Jerwood Commission. It premiered at the Whitechapel Gallery’s Zilka Auditorium. A hip-hop fan since the early 90’s, the work examines how much hip-hop has entered the artist’s unconscious mind. Shot on location at The Freud Museum, Biter will ask questions about identity – how much of the artist’s self is hip-hop?
An Artsadmin Jerwood Commission, with support from the Freud Museum.
Create London Talk Series:
Colonised Imagination: Urban constructions within the discourse of Japanese animation
Mon 16 Sept 6-8pm, free but booking required
Co-hosted by Japan400 as part of Japan400 week. This talk will consider socially engaged art in Japan and ask how it might contribute to an analysis of the current socio-political environment, national identity and the aesthetic of Japanese culture.
Artist David Blandy in conversation with curator and Japan Foundation Fellow, Keith Whittle, Dr Verina Gfader and Japanese animator Keiko Shiraishi.
Tickets and performance information available here:
Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Road