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The 2017 Marathon brings together artists, scientists, activists, engineers, poets, sociologists, philosophers, filmmakers, writers, anthropologists, theologians and musicians to consider the advent of ‘artificial intelligence’, consciousness, interspecies cooperation, machines, trans-humanism and non-linear time.
The Marathon will seek to illuminate the ways in which these fields of exploration leave unrecognisable traces and unknowable apparitions in the present. Taking place this year at City Hall (The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA), it will be the twelfth in the series of Marathons presented by the Serpentine Galleries.
In 2015, the Transformation Marathon launched the first-ever broadcast of Serpentine Radio, the Galleries' online radio station, with twelve hours of the event taking place on stage and a further twelve hours on air. The GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! Marathon builds on this model and extends it, wherein the entire day of talks, readings and performances will be conceived for radio and broadcast online at radio.serpentinegalleries.org.
The new Serpentine Radio site will be launching soon. To listen to previous Marathon’s and the Serpentine’s archive of talks and events please click here.
Participants include Amnesia Scanner, Ain Bailey, Black Quantum Futurism, James Bridle, Jimena Canales, Ian Cheng, Manthia Diawara, Marcus du Sautoy, Charlie Fox, Boris Groys, Anupam Guha, Juliana Huxtable, Alexander Kluge, Paulo Lemos Horta, Louisa Martin, Chus Martinez, Kenric McDowell, Raqs Media Collective, Sarah Morris, Walter Murch, Naked, Ingo Niermann, Gala Porras-Kim, V.S. Ramachandran, Alice Rawsthorn, Richard Sennett, Hito Steyerl, Adam Thirlwell, Enrique Vila-Matas, Zadie Xa, Joanna Zylinska and more to be announced.
The Guest, Ghost, Host: Machine! Marathon has been curated by Serpentine Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist, with Public Programmes Curator Claude Adjil and Chief Technology Officer Ben Vickers. The initial concept for this year’s marathon was developed with Raqs Media Collective.