From 5 July - 27 September, Park Nights will present eight evenings of new work commissioned by the Serpentine from international artists and practitioners, each responding to the Serpentine Pavilion and Junya Ishigami’s contemplative design.
COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019 begins in July with Precious Okoyomon, an artist and writer whose practice encompasses poetry and performance and examines a history of the criminalisation and racialisation of light, darkness and the sun. Jakob Kudsk Steensen is an artist concerned with how imagination, technology and ecology intertwine. His works range from immersive VR ecosystems to mixed reality installations bridging physical and digital worlds that invite audiences to enter new ecological realities. Shawanda Corbett’s interdisciplinary practice addresses the question of what is a complete body, looking at the different cycles of a human’s life through cyborg theory. Corbett’s performances incorporate her ceramics practice, where the human body, architecture and dance leave their traces on her pottery vessels and surfaces. Kiko Kostadinov is a menswear designer whose work is driven by innovative pattern cutting, attention to detail and intricate garment construction, aiming to challenge and contribute to contemporary menswear aesthetics.
Park Nights 2019 continues into September with composer and playwright Klein, an artist whose neoteric vision has seen her quickly become one of the UK’s most intriguing producers and performers. Using collagist techniques Klein assembles recordings of her own vocals and instrumentation into unique soundscapes. Leilah Weinraub is an artist, director and co-founder of cult clothing brand Hood By Air. As a filmmaker, Weinraub has helped document unacknowledged tastemakers, particularly those belonging to queer, autonomous communities of colour whose creative output is often plundered by mass culture, but whose stories are rarely told on their own terms. 1010 Benja SL’s extraordinary voice, songwriting capabilities and seemingly free-associative writing are paired with a unique production technique that mark him as one of the most exciting artists and musicians to discover. Pioneering artist Cecilia Vicuña has been creating precarious works and Quipus since the mid-1960s, as a way of "hearing an ancient silence waiting to be heard". A poet, artist, filmmaker and activist, her work addresses some of the pressing concerns of the modern world, including ecological destruction, human rights, and cultural homogenisation.
Fridays, 8pm (unless otherwise noted)
Serpentine Pavilion 2019
Friday 5 July
Friday 12 July
Jakob Kudsk Steensen
Friday 26 July
Friday 16 August
Kiko Kostadinov / vanillajellaba
Friday 6 September
Friday 13 September
Friday 20 September
1010 Benja SL
Friday 27 September
COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019 is curated by Claude Adjil, Curator at Large; Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Kostas Stasinopoulos, Assistant Curator and Holly Shuttleworth, Producer, Live Programmes.