City Hall, London

7 Oct 2017 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM


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The 2017 Marathon brings together artists, scientists, activists, engineers, poets, sociologists, philosophers, filmmakers, writers, anthropologists, theologians and musicians to consider the advent of ‘artificial intelligence’, consciousness, interspecies cooperation, machines, trans-humanism and non-linear time.

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The Marathon will seek to illuminate the ways in which these fields of exploration leave unrecognisable traces and unknowable apparitions in the present. Taking place this year at City Hall (The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA), it will be the twelfth in the series of Marathons presented by the Serpentine Galleries.

In 2015, the Transformation Marathon launched the first-ever broadcast of Serpentine Radio, the Galleries' online radio station, with twelve hours of the event taking place on stage and a further twelve hours on air. The GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! Marathon builds on this model and extends it, wherein the entire day of talks, readings and performances will be conceived for radio and broadcast online at

Participants include Etel Adnan, Ain Bailey, Louise Belfrage, Daniel Birnbaum, Black Quantum Futurism, Andrew Blake, James Bridle, John Brockman, Tom Buckner, Federico Campagna, Jimena Canales, Ian Cheng, Emanuele Coccia, Patrizio Di Massimo, Manthia Diawara, Marcus du Sautoy, Briony Fer, Charlie Fox, Gaika, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Boris Groys, Anupam Guha, Juliana Huxtable, Evan Ifekoya, Isaac Julien, Dean Kenning, Alexander Kluge, Paulo Lemos Horta, Jason Louv, Louisa Martin, Chus Martinez, Kenric McDowell, Sarah Morris, Timothy Morton, Walter Murch, Naked, Ingo Niermann, Andrew O’Hagan, Philippe Parreno, Gala Porras-Kim, Johannes Paul Raether, VS Ramachandran, Alice Rawsthorn, Raqs Media Collective, Pedro Reyes, Amnesia Scanner, Richard Sennett, Murray Shanahan, Hito Steyerl, Jenna Sutela, Jaan Tallinn, Eduardo Terrazas, Eugene Thacker, Adam Thirlwell, Enrique Vila-Matas, Julia Voss, Marina Warner, Zadie Xa, Joanna Zylinska and more to be announced.


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GUESTS, GHOSTS, HOSTS: An Evening with Manthia Diawara, Alexander Kluge, Sarah Morris and Richard Sennett

6 Oct 2017 - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

As a prelude to the 2017 Marathon, filmmaker and theorist Manthia Diawara and artist Sarah Morris discuss their recent films with filmmaker and author Alexander Kluge and professor and author Richard Sennett in a conversation moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. The evening features a screening of the two films, Diawara’s An Opera of the World (2017, 70’) and Morris’s Finite and Infinite Games (2017, 40’).

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Raqs Media Collective

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Raqs Media Collective. Photograph courtesy the artists.
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