The Mobile Tours are available through the Serpentine's free public wifi. Visitors can access the public wifi on their smartphone in the Galleries or inside the Pavilion and as soon as they open a new browser window, the mobile tours will automatically pop up. You can also access the mobile tours at http://mobiletours.serpentinegalleries.org but please note that this will only work when you are in the Galleries and connected to our wifi.
Launched to coincide with the Serpentine’s expanded summer programmes, the Mobile Tours originally included recordings by American artist Alex Katz and painter, essayist and poet Etel Adnan, the Serpentine Pavilion designer Bjarke Ingels and the designers of the four Summer Houses - Kunlé Adeyemi (NLÉ), Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Khan.
The platform has now been updated to provide an overview of Lucy Raven: Edge of Tomorrow and a tour of Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings. The tour of the Zaha Hadid exhibition allows you to experience the art works through Zaha Hadid's own words and includes audio recordings of Zaha talking about her work, quotes from previous talks and interviews, and a guide to the Zaha Hadid VR Experiences within the exhibition.
The Mobile Tours serve as an essential link between the Serpentine and its audience, guiding visitors between the Serpentine Gallery, Serpentine Sackler Gallery and Pavilion and creating user-led experiences.
The Serpentine Mobile Tours are part of a wider digital engagement programme, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies, to engage new audiences, both on site and online, with art, architecture and design and to support the next generation of artists and architects. The programme includes new digital displays at the Serpentine as well as the Build Your Own Pavilion competition, a nationwide campaign challenging young people aged 8-14 years to design a small-scale model of a temporary summer Pavilion.