Bridge Commission Audio Walks

Walk and listen

5 Nov 2013 to 28 Sep 2014

Bridge Commission Audio Walks

A series of downloadable audio recordings by writers, including novelists Adam Thirlwell, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Valeria Luiselli, designed to last for the duration of the walk from the Serpentine Gallery over the Serpentine Bridge to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

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Bridge commissions:

Bridge Commission Audio Walks 13: Bedwyr Williams' 'Bombasto' - A small music holder for a trumpet in a marching band tells its life story. Edited by Sally O'Reilly.

Bridge Commission Audio Walks 12: René Pollesch - A meditation on theatre and empty space.

Bridge Commission Audio Walk 11: Alejandro Zambra, 'True Stories' - Overcoming shyness in 1980s Chile.

Bridge Commission Audio Walk 10: Evan Calder Williams, 'The Hinterland' - A letter from the bridge of a different 2014.

Bridge Commission Audio Walk 9: Sophia Al-Maria, 'King Tide'  - A sound capsule exhumed from the future reflects on climate, apocalypse and the origins of time itself.

Bridge Commission Audio Walk 8: Natasha Soobramanien, 'Gephyrophobia' - Inspired by the original purpose of the Magazine as a gunpowder store, this short story follows a would-be visitor to the building.

Bridge Commission Audio Walk 7: Adam Thirlwell, 'Five Prophecies'  - Can a person's entire life change in the time it takes to walk over a bridge? 

Bridge Commission Audio Walk 6: Luisa Geisler, 'Oxygenation'  - A man walks through the market to meet his father. As he walks, the noises and smells around him become more and more stifling...

Bridge Commission Audio Walk 5: John Jeremiah Sullivan - ... in which the author recalls his mother’s fear of bridges and the fundamental role one particular bridge played in his early life.

Bridge Commission Audio Walk 4: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - An awakening, to the sound and dust of the Harmattan wind.

Bridge Commission Audio Walk 3: Alan Pauls, 'Regency Green' - A woman in a green raincoat walks along a bridge, recalling a passionate, bygone affair. The last time she saw her lover, she recalls, was on this very bridge…

Bridge Commission Audio Walk 2: Ben Lerner - This walk, an excerpt from Ben Lerner’s forthcoming novel, finds the protagonist couple walking from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge, as the city and their uncertain destiny moves before and around them.

Bridge Commission Audio Walk 1: Valeria Luiselli - In this walk, written by Valeria Luiselli, a child accompanies the visitor, taking them on a journey in an imaginary future in which the Galleries are but a distant memory.

A literary journey into the fertile imagination of some of the world’s most compelling writers, the commission explores the five-minute walk over the bridge between the Serpentine Gallery and its stunning new addition, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

Visitors can download the recordings onto their mobile phones. Each recording lasts for the duration of the walk from the Serpentine Gallery, through Kensington Gardens and over the Serpentine Bridge to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

FEATURED AUTHORS

Bedwyr Williams (born 1974) lives and works in Caernarfon, North Wales. In 2013 he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale with a large-scale installation titled The Starry Messenger. Recent solo exhibitions include ECHT, Tramway, Glasgow (part of Glasgow International) and Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria. Group exhibitions include Primal Architecture, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2014) and Ernste Tiere, Bonner Kunstverein (2011).

René Pollesch is an author and director who writes and stages his own work exclusively. From 2001 to 2007 he was the artistic director of the Prater at Volksbuehne Berlin, and has since directed plays at Volksbuehne and major theatres in Hamburg, Vienna, Zuerich, Munich and Stuttgart. In 2001 and 2006 he was awarded the prestigious Muelheim Dramatists’ Award for his plays www-slums and Cappuccetto Rosso. In 2012 he received the renowned Else Lasker-Schueler Award for his dramatic work and his contribution to German theatre.

Alejandro Zambra, born in 1975, is a Chilean novelist. He is the author of the novels Ways of Going Home (2011, English translation 2014) and Bonsai (2006, English translation 2012), which received the Chilean Critics Award for Best Novel. He has also published two collections of poetry. 

Evan Calder Williams is a writer, theorist, and artist. He is the author of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse and Roman Letters and his essays on politics and cinema have been translated into Portuguese, Japanese, Swedish, French, Spanish, and Serbian. His performance and audio work has been presented at Artists Space, the Whitney Biennial, and ISSUE Project Room, and his film Violent X premiered at Images Festival this spring. He lives in upstate New York.

Sophia Al-Maria is a Qatari-American writer based in London. Her work has appeared in Harper’s,Triple Canopy and Bidoun. Her first book, The Girl Who Fell to Earth was published in 2012 by Harper Collins in the United States. 

Natasha Soobramanien's writing has appeared in The Happy HypocriteThe White ReviewFrieze and The Quietus. Her novel, Genie and Paul (2012), is a 'cannibalistic translation' of the eighteenth century classic Paul et Virginie by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (a Guardian book of the year). She is currently collaborating on a novel about the island of Diego Garcia with the writer Luke Williams. She lives in London.

Adam Thirlwell is the author of two novels, Politics and The Escape, a novella, Kapow!, and a project with international novels that includes a book of essays and a compendium of translations edited for McSweeney’s literary magazine. He has been selected twice as one of Granta’s Best of Young British novelists. His work is translated into 30 languages.

Luisa Geisler, born in 1991, is a Brazilian short story writer, novelist, and college student. In 2012 she was selected by Granta magazine as one of the Best Young Brazilian Novelists. Both her short story collection, Contos de Mentira, and her novel, Quiçá, won the SESC Literature Award and were shortlisted for the Jabuti Award. Quiçá is currently being translated and will be published In Spain by Ediciones Siruela (June 2014). Geisler's stories have been published Austria, Argentina, Germany, Ireland, USA and UK among others.

John Jeremiah Sullivan is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and is the Southern Editor for The Paris Review. He’s been the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, two National Magazine Awards, a Pushcart Prize, and a research fellowship at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. His work has been translated into eight languages and reproduced in the Best American EssaysBest Magazine Writing and Best Non-required Reading anthologies. His critically acclaimed first book, Blood Horses: Notes of a Sportswriter’s Son (2004), was named a Book of the Year by The Economist magazine. His most recent collection, Pulphead: Essays, was published in 2011.

Nigerian-born, award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes novels, short stories, essays and poem. Her fiction works include Americanah (2013), Half of a Yellow Sun (winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007), Purple Hibiscus (winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2005 and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award 2004) and The Thing Around Your Neck, a collection of short stories shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book in Africa. The recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Adichie was named in 2012 one of the The New Yorker’s ‘20 under 40’ list of writers to watch. She divides her time between Nigeria and America.

Alan Pauls is a writer, journalist, screenwriter and cinema critic based in Buenos Aires. He has taught literary theory at Buenos Aires University and was visiting professor at Princeton University, USA. He is a member of the advisory board of the magazine Otra Parte (literature and arts) and hosts a show on independent cinema in cable TV. He has written seven novel, including The Past, 2008, and five books of essays. His work has been translated to more than twelve languages.

Ben Lerner is the author of three books of poetry: The Lichtenberg Figures (2004), Angle of Yaw (2006) and Mean Free Path (2010). In 2011 he became the first American to win the Preis der Stadt Münster für Internationale Poesie, awarded for the German translation of The Lichtenberg Figures, and in the same year his first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, won the Believer Book Award. His recent essays and criticism can be found in Art in Americaboundary 2FriezeHarper's and the Los Angeles Review of Books. His second novel is due to be published later this year.

Valeria Luiselli, born in Mexico City and now settled in New York, is the author of the book of essays Sidewalks (2013) and the widely acclaimed novel Faces in the Crowd (2012). Luiselli has collaborated in numerous multidisciplinary projects, including a ballet libretto and a novella. Her short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The New York TimesGrantaBrickMcSweeneys and Dazed and Confused, among others. She has previously lived in Costa Rica, South Korea, South Africa, India and Spain.

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Monday, 16th February 2015

The Serpentine Bridge. Photo: Lewis Ronald

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The Serpentine Bridge

The Serpentine Bridge (01) - Photo by Pierrick Mouton

The Serpentine Bridge

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Photo: Pierrick Mouton

Under the Serpentine Bridge. Photo by Lewis Ronald

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Under the Serpentine Bridge

The Serpentine Bridge. Photo: Lewis Ronald

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The Serpentine viewed from the bridge

The Serpentine lake. Photo; Lewis Ronald

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The Serpentine viewed from the bridge
Bridge over the Serpentine

Bridge over the Serpentine

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Photo: Pierrick Mouton
Bridge Audio Commission Walks

Bridge Audio Commission Walks

The Serpentine Bridge

The Serpentine Bridge

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Photo: Pierrick Mouton