Saturday 8 October - Sunday 9 October 2016

Miracle Marathon

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Following on from the 2014 Extinction Marathon which presented environmental and human crises facing the world today (co-curated with Gustav Metzger) and the 2015 Transformation Marathon, which proposed ways of identifying and effecting change in the face of increasing complexity, the 2016 Miracle Marathon focuses in on ritual, repetition and magical thinking to consider ways in which the imaginary can not only predict, but also play a part in affecting long-term futures. This year, the initial concept for the Miracle Marathon was developed together with artist Sophia Al-Maria.

I believe in the spirituality of the sacred. Not of religion, but of the sacred. What is the spirituality of the sacred? It’s the intuition of how we relate to the world. This is what the imaginary is: we feel the rumbling underneath us.
— Edouard Glissant

Following on from the 2014 Extinction Marathon which presented environmental and human crises facing the world today (co-curated with Gustav Metzger) and the 2015 Transformation Marathon, which proposed ways of identifying and effecting change in the face of increasing complexity, the 2016 Miracle Marathon focuses in on ritual, repetition and magical thinking to consider ways in which the imaginary can not only predict, but also play a part in affecting long-term futures. This year, the initial concept for the Miracle Marathon was developed together with artist Sophia Al-Maria.

This year’s Marathon serves as a truly London-wide celebration, with Day 1 taking place at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in West London and Day 2 at Second Home, East London.

The Miracle Marathon is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director; Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator, Public Programmes; Ben Vickers, Curator of Digital; and Claude Adjil, Assistant Curator, Public Programmes

Core Advisory Team: Sophia Al-Maria, Lizzie Carey-Thomas, Mark Cousins, Marcus du Sautoy, Daniel Glaser, Andrew O’Hagan and Yana Peel

Curatorial Assistants: Chris Bayley, Taylor Le Melle and Nefeli Skarmea. Producers: Iain Pate, Bernd Fauler and Edd Hobbs. Serpentine Radio produced by Reduced Listening.