The Serpentine's annual architecture commission – a global platform for experimental projects by some of the world's greatest architects

Pavilion

Serpentine Pavilion 2019 designed by Junya Ishigami

20 Jun 2019 to 6 Oct 2019

The Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, celebrated for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena, has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019.

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Online

Serpentine Augmented Architecture

1 Feb 2019 to 25 Feb 2019

A global open-call for new forms of architecture in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture and Sir David Adjaye OBE.

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Live

Serpentine Pavilion

Radical Kitchen 2018

28 Jun 2018 - 1:00 PM to 27 Sep 2018 - 2:00 PM

Building on the Radical Kitchen: Recipes for Building Community and Creating Change programme launched in 2017, the Serpentine presented a second season of its lunchtime gatherings in the Serpentine Pavilion 2018, designed by the award-winning architect Frida Escobedo.

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Park Nights

Serpentine Pavilion

Park Nights 2018: Pedro Reyes, Manufacturing Mischief

21 Sep 2018 - 8:00 PM

Pedro Reyes staged an ideological-science-fiction-comedy that addressed the risks of AI, automation and the post-truth infosphere. Manufacturing Mischief is a puppet-play by Pedro Reyes in which the protagonist, Noam Chomsky, finds an antagonist in the toxic individualism of Ayn Rand. Other characters include Elon Musk and Steve Jobs, who are blind to the human costs of their techno-utopias.

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Serpentine Pavilion

Park Nights 2018: Megan Rooney, SUN DOWN MOON UP

14 Sep 2018 - 8:00 PM

Megan Rooney used the Pavilion as a site for storytelling, filling it with movement, words and sound. SUN DOWN MOON UP, a performance about a group of female magpies that invade Mount Athos, explores metaphors of nature, the human subject and the boundaries of a forbidden space. In collaboration with Nefeli Skarmea, choreography, and Paolo Thorsen-Nagel, sound.

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Serpentine Pavilion

Park Nights 2018: Yaeji

7 Sep 2018 - 8:00 PM

Yaeji performed an original work exploring the connectivity of her musical influences with UK dance and electronic music through deconstructed and recontextualised compositions. The audience was blindfolded and accompanied by an immersive sound system.

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Serpentine Pavilion

Park Nights 2018: TELFAR, NOT FOR YOU, FOR EVERYONE

10 Aug 2018 - 8:00 PM

Founded in 2005, unisex fashion line TELFAR was ignored by the mainstream fashion press for a decade due to its non-racial/non-gendered vision of fashion. Since winning the 2017 Vogue/CFDA fashion fund, TELFAR has been developing a mode of presentation based on musical collaborations that emphasise what is collectively owned and essentially human in style and music. TELFAR worked with South African band FAKA on an all vocal performance featuring a choir and a preview of their S/S19 collection.

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Serpentine Pavilion

Park Nights 2018: Kamasi Washington

3 Aug 2018 - 8:00 PM

Following the release of his anticipated second album Heaven and Earth, celebrated saxophonist, composer and producer Kamasi Washington and his band came together for a dynamic, improvisational performance that opened the door to a music experience unlike anything heard before.

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Serpentine Pavilion

Park Nights 2018: Victoria Sin, The sky as an image, an image as a net

27 Jul 2018 - 8:00 PM

Victoria Sin presented a ballad of embodiment, longing and transformation, using poetry, drag, science fiction and an original soundtrack by Shy One. Drawing from seminal works of social science fiction and reflective, speculative encounters of looking and wanting, the performance ​presented a character’s journey through fictional locations, exploring transformational narratives in the often unsettling experience of the physical within the social body.  

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Serpentine Pavilion

Park Nights 2018: Meriem Bennani, Avatar Idol

20 Jul 2018 - 9:00 PM

Meriem Bennani, with musician and composer Flavien Berger, devised Avatar Idol, a live virtual dance battle, integrating motion-capture technology, 3D animation and a digital avatar. This freestyle dance-off traced the artist’s interlaced focus on the vernacular and traditional representation of North-African culture and globalised popular culture. 

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