Celebrating its 10th anniversary since the inaugural 2006 Interview Marathon, the 2015 Transformation Marathon addressed cultural, political and physical shifts, asking how significant change can be achieved today. Returning to its 24-hour format of 2006, the second half of the Transformation Marathon took place on the first-ever broadcast of Serpentine Radio.
The Transformation Marathon invited artists, sociologists, anthropologists, writers, musicians, architects, scientists and philosophers to address cultural, political and physical shifts. The Transformation Marathon invoked the hidden knowledge of magic and alchemy. It investigated the strategies of cyborgs, magicians, parasites and storytellers to consider how to represent and effect change in the face of complexity. How can the arts and sciences reimagine aesthetics and politics? How are these individual and collective actions reflective of a precarious landscape? The Transformation Marathon also addressed the history and transformation of the art institution, with a series of interventions devised by Tino Sehgal and Dorothea von Hantelmann.
Returning to the 24-hour format of the inaugural Interview Marathon in 2006, the Transformation Marathon took place at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery on Saturday 17th October from 10am–10pm and continued from midnight until noon on Sunday 18th October on the first-ever Serpentine Radio broadcast, presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, London. The event was live-streamed on the Serpentine’s YouTube channel.
Participants on stage and on air included: Peter Adamson; Etel Adnan; Sophia Al-Maria; Ayşe Gül Altınay; Katherine Angel; Julieta Aranda; Mary Bauermeister; Helen Benigson; Liz Berry; Nick Bostrom; Roy Boswell; Rosi Braidotti; Federico Campagna; Judy Chicago; Ken Cockburn; Gabriella Coleman; Company: Movements, Deals and Drinks (Myvillages); CA Conrad; Hilary Cottam; Aimee Meredith Cox; Elysia Crampton; Andrea Crespo; Jude Crilly; Abraham Cruzvillegas with Mark Godfrey; Keren Cytter; Deep Lab with Kate Crawford, Harlo Holmes, Madeleine Varner, Joana Varon and Addie Wagenknecht; Moussa Dembele; John Densmore; Leah Borromeo and Katharine Round as Disobedient Films in collaboration with Jamie Perera; Marcus du Sautoy; Jimmie Durham; Francine Elena; Tim Etchells; Alec Finlay; Gilbert & George and Victoria; Harry Gilonis; Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster; Adam Greenfield; Robert Grenier; Haunted Machines (Natalie Kane and Tobias Revell); Lynn Hershman Leeson; Helen Hester; Adrian Hon; Charles Hope; Juliet Jacques; Alejandro Jodorowsky; François Jullien; Samson Kambalu; Alexandra Kleeman; Bill Kouligas; Bruno Latour; Gil Leung; Candice Lin; Anthony Arthur Long; Maurice Louca; Gabriel Ann Maher; Jumana Manna; Christien Meindertsma; Lucy Mercer; Patrick Mudekereza; Nil Mutluer; Nkisi; Jaakko Pallasvuo; William Pope.L; Alice Rawsthorn; Rachel Rose; Declan Ryan; Aram Saroyan; Saskia Sassen; Tino Sehgal; Lorenzo Senni; Patrick Staff; Koki Tanaka; Yıldız Tar; Julia Tcharfas; Territorial Agency; Time Is Away; Jalal Toufic; Dorothea von Hantelmann; Peter Wächtler; Binyavanga Wainaina; Mark Waldron; Grace Wales Bonner; Steven Warwick (Heatsick); Eyal Weizman; Kim West; Holly White and more.
The Transformation Marathon is curated by
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes, and Director of International Projects
Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator, Public Programmes