Royal Geographical Society, SW7 2AR

22 Sep 2018 - 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Work Marathon

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The 2018 Work Marathon invites artists, sociologists, anthropologists, writers, musicians, architects, scientists and philosophers to address the complex and timely questions of work, labour, automation and leisure.  

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Building on the 2017’s GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! Marathon, which focused on artificial consciousness and machine learning, the 2018 Work Marathon explores issues including: technological developments leading to automation and its impact on labour; the political urgencies of coerced and invisible labour; and the role of non-human agents, including artificial intelligence, animals and materials, in the context of planetary ecologies. 

The Work Marathon is conceived in collaboration with Professor Bernard Stiegler who will gather experts from around the world to consider economics for an age of planetary-scale environmental crisis, looking to reduce the human footprint on the planet and reverse the phenomenon of entropy that follows. With Stiegler’s advice, the 2018 Serpentine Marathon has the goal of contributing to the writing of a manifesto, the first version of which will be issued on 23 September, and the definitive version of which will be sent to the United Nations, in Geneva, on 10 January 2020 – the day of the centenary anniversary of the League of Nations.

PROGRAMME
*denotes remote or pre-recorded contribution

The Serpentine Podcast: On Work: Subscribe on iTunes
10am - 10pm: Ondaatje Theatre, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
11am - 4pm: Interventions in and around the Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Frida Escobedo, W2 3XA
Livestream: radio.serpentinegalleries.org
Polemic Tweet: All Bernard Stiegler-convened sessions including the workshop on 23 September will be streamed on the platform Polemic Tweet (polemictweet.com). Join the conver- sation via #workmarathon on Twitter

ONDAATJE THEATRE, ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY
*denotes remote or pre-recorded contribution

10am - 1pm
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Steffi Czerny
*Lily Cole and Mark Boyle, Marblehill
Mark Boyle and James Suzman in conversation, Primitive Affluence
Wilson Oryema, A Working Miracle in Three Parts
Beatriz Colomina
Amal Khalaf, Radio Ballads
*Simon Lincelles (Ars Industrialis), Ars Industrialis Vocabulary, 2018
Bernard Stiegler, Too Late? The Final Warning
*Data Gueule, La faim du travail, 2016
Olivier Landau, Contributive Economy
Maël Montévil, Entropy and the Anthropocene Paolo Vignola, Perspective and Locality: Notes for a Collective Ecological Individuation
Daniel Ross, Escapement: The Mainspring of Humanity is Running Down
Giacomo Gilmozzi, Smart Cities or Smart (Data) Mines
Anne Alombert, Contributive Research, Social Sculpture and Digital Studies: An Attempt to Adopt Disruption
GCC, GCC Lunch Break

1 - 4pm
Saskia Sassen
*Yana Peel
Intelligence Squared panel with Stella Creasy, Jack Self, Nick Srnicek, and Jamie Susskind, chaired by Helen Lewis
Pedro Reyes, Manufacturing Mischief
Oscar Murillo, Day Rehearsal Industrial Park
Wilson Oryema, A Working Miracle in Three Parts
Adam Curtis and Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation
Formafantasma, I, You and It

4 - 7pm
Fernando García-Dory, Into Their Labours
Phoebe Tickell, ENSPIRAL - A Network that Works
Richard Mosse
Marcus du Sautoy, (More Maths)=(Less Work)
Wilson Oryema, A Working Miracle in Three Parts
Anna Bella Geiger, work = trabalho
Jon Gray and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Josh Kline, Unemployment
Rana Dasgupta, Does the End of Work Mean the End of Citizenship?

7 - 10pm
Emily Segal, Mercury Retrograde
Venkatesh Rao, Archetypes for the Anthropocene
Madeline Hollander, Flatwing
Peter Fischli
Aria Dean, The Labour of Appearance
Precious Okoyomon, sky songs
Patrick Staff, Treponema Pallidum
Anne Imhof

STAGE DESIGN
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ne travaillez jamais, performed by Archie Proudfoot

MAP ROOM
*denotes remote or pre-recorded contribution

1.30 - 4.30pm
*Aurélien Barrau, Ecologie et Nouveau Pacte avec le Vivant, 2018
Julien Dossier, Clément Morlat and Olivier Landau, The Economy of Contribution in the Anthropocene and Beyond
*Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation, Entropy, Contributive Economy and Management of the Commons - Interview with Gaël Giraud, 2018
Maël Montévil, Giuseppe Longo and Bernard Stiegler, Mathematics, Life Science, Finance, Work and Economy
*Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation, Law in the Anthropocene - Interview with Alain Supiot, 2018
Divya Dwivedi, Yuk Hui, Bernard Stiegler and Paolo Vignola, Locality, Post- Colonial Studies, Cosmotechnics, Internation (according to Marcel Mauss) and “Negantropy”

5 - 7:45pm
*Werner Herzog, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, excerpt, 2016
Shaj Mohan, Gerald Moore and Daniel Ross, Acceleration, Disruption, Bifurcation
* Autodesk Building Solution, What is BIM (Building Information Modeling)?, 2017
Sara Baranzoni, David Berry, Giacomo Gilmozzi and Saskia Sassen, Really Smart Cities, Platforms, Infrasomatisation
*Joseph Beuys, video excerpt
* United Nations Foundation, Welcome to the Anthropocene, excerpt, 2012
Anne Alombert, Noel Fitzpatrick, Glenn Loughran and Vincent Puig, Contributive Research, Social Sculpture, Art & Technology

DISTRIBUTIONS
Peter Fischli / David Weiss,
How to work better, 1991/2000
Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Zurich 2018. Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Matthew Marks Gallery New York and Los Angeles, Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Yoko Ono, Space Transformer, 2018

SCREENING
Cao Fei, Rumba II: Nomad, 2015, Video, 14’16”. Sound by Dickson Dee. Courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space.

SERPENTINE GALLERY AND PAVILION

11am - 2pm

Oscar Murillo, Day Rehearsal Industrial Park

12 - 4pm
Beatriz Colomina, Bed-In
with Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Mark Cousins, Alison Crawshaw, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Matthew Fuller, Frances Holliss, Sam Jacob, Amal Khalaf, Farshid Moussavi, Oscar Murillo, Marina Otero Verzier, Nina Power, Pedro Reyes, Territorial Agency, Troika, Katharine Vega, Eyal Weizman, Ines Weizman, and many more.

SUNDAY 23 SEPTEMBER
Writing Workshop led by Professor Bernard Stiegler Closed-door event
 

Participants include: *Dani Admiss, *Amal Alhaag, Anne Alombert, Sara Baranzoni, David Berry, Mark Boyle, *Marija Bozinovska Jones, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, *Lily Cole, Beatriz Colomina, Mark Cousins, Alison Crawshaw, Stella Creasy, Adam Curtis, Rana Dasgupta, Aria Dean, Julien Dossier, Marcus du Sautoy, Divya Dwivedi, *Cao Fei, Peter Fischli, Noel Fitzpatrick, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Matthew Fuller, Formafantasma, Fernando García-Dory, GCC, Anna Bella Geiger, Giacomo Gilmozzi, Gaël Giraud, *Goldin + Senneby, Jon Gray, *Miranda Hall, Madeline Hollander, *Frances Holliss, Yuk Hui, Anne Imhof, Sam Jacob, *Anab Jain, Amal Khalaf, Josh Kline, Olivier Landau, *Legrand Jäger, Helen Lewis, Giuseppe Longo, Glenn Loughran, *Patricia MacCormack, *Justin McGuirk, Shaj Mohan, Maël Montévil, Gerald Moore, Clément Morlat, Richard Mosse, Farshid Moussavi, Oscar Murillo, *Simone Niquille, Precious Okoyomon, *Yoko Ono, Wilson Oryema, Marina Otero Verzier, Nina Power, Vincent Puig, Venkatesh Rao, Pedro Reyes, Daniel Ross, Saskia Sassen, *Susan Schuppli, Emily Segal, Jack Self, Victoria Sin, Nick Srnicek, Patrick Staff, Bernard Stiegler, Alain Supiot, Jamie Susskind, James Suzman, Territorial Agency, *Cassie Thornton, Phoebe Tickell, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Noam Toran, Troika, Katharine Vega, Paolo Vignola, *Marina Vishmidt, Eyal Weizman, Ines Weizman, *Jamie Woodcock, *Nil Yalter and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
* Denotes pre-recorded or remote participation

In advance of the Work Marathon, the series The Serpentine Podcast: On Work, released on radio.serpentinegalleries.org, discusses some related themes and topics. The first three episodes, presented by Victoria Sin with Lucia Pietroiusti, are produced in collaboration with the Design Museum, London, Furtherfield, London and WORK, BODY, LEISURE (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam). 

The Work Marathon is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries; Claude Adjil, Associate Curator; Live Programmes; Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator, General Ecology; Kostas Stasinopoulos, Assistant Curator, Live Programmes; Ben Vickers, CTO and Kay Watson, Digital Curator.

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Guest, Ghost, Host: Machine! Marathon, City Hall, 7 October 2017 Photograph © 2017 Plastiques Photography

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Guest, Ghost, Host: Machine! Marathon, City Hall, 7 October 2017 Photograph © 2017 Plastiques Photography
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