This season's series, Back to Earth, follows artists, as well as an arts organisation, developing projects, interventions and campaigns at the crossroads of art and the climate emergency. Presented by artist Victoria Sin with Serpentine’s curator of General Ecology Lucia Pietroiusti, plus special-guest hosts throughout, the Back to Earth podcast series brings together conversations, sound commissions, music and field reports, tracking the journey of an arts institution dedicating itself to artist-driven approaches to ecology, technology and equality.
This podcast is part of a wider Back to Earth project, which invites 65+ artists to devise an environmental campaign or intervention to respond to contemporary ecological crises. Back to Earth will run throughout the Serpentine Galleries’ programmes onsite, offsite and online, in 2020 and beyond. Bringing together voices across disciplines, the series offers a vital opportunity to join the research and discussions that inform the Galleries’ activities at such a critical time of planetary-scale human and ecological emergencies. Produced by Reduced Listening.
Back to Earth, Episode 1: 'How Do We Get There?' - available from 3 April
How can art respond to the climate emergency? How can the Serpentine, in its 50th year, contribute to discourse around the climate crisis in a meaningful way? Hosts Victoria Sin and Lucia Pietroiusti welcome you to a new season of Serpentine Podcast, back in the studio to reveal how a radical new programme for the Serpentine is being shaped.
- Artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist explains how his personal actions are inspired by artists.
- Climate Justice campaigner Suzanne Dhaliwal describes a decolonised view of climate activism
- London-based art duo Cooking Sections share a rich archive of environmental campaigns throughout history with contributions from students from the Royal College of Art’s School of Architecture.
- Sound design by Brian Eno. Additional sound by Cooking Sections.
Back to Earth, Episode 2: 'Sowing the Seeds' - available from 17 April
How are artists developing campaigns for the Earth? How can an artwork reconnect us with the environment? Can we "feel" the speed of climate change, or hear the sounds of a seed? Episode 2, hosts Victoria Sin & Lucia Pietroiusti welcome Ayesha Tan Jones, James Bridle & Cecilia Vicuña, three artists participating in Back to Earth, to begin to sow the seeds of their multifaceted campaigns.
- Artist, musician and witch Ayesha Tan Jones shares their plans to bring balance and harmony through singing in sacred and un-sacred sites.
- Artist and writer James Bridle speaks about trees as "very slow animals" and suggests a simple way for measuring the speed of climate change in your own home.
- The episode also features Seed Songs by Cecilia Vicuña, recorded in the foothills of the Andes mountains, Chile, in 2015, as well as excerpts from the opera Parasites of Pangu by Ayesha Tan Jones.