22 September 2018

Work Marathon

The 2018 Work Marathon will invite artists, sociologists, anthropologists, writers, musicians, architects, scientists and philosophers to address cultural, political, physical and environmental debates on the complex and timely question of work, labour, automation and leisure.

Building on the 2017’s GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! Marathon, which focused on artificial consciousness and machine learning, the 2018 Work Marathon will explore issues including: technological developments leading to automation and its impact on the labour market; the political urgencies of coerced and invisible labour; and the role of non-human agents, including artificial intelligence, animals and materials, in the context of planetary ecologies.

The Work Marathon is conceived in collaboration with Professor Bernard Stiegler who will gather experts from around the world to consider economics for an age of planetary-scale environmental crisis, looking to reduce the human footprint on the planet and reverse the phenomenon of entropy that follows. With Stiegler’s advice, the 2018 Serpentine Marathon has the goal of contributing to the writing of a manifesto, the first version of which will be issued on 23 September, and the definitive version of which will be sent to the United Nations, in Geneva, on 10 January 2020 – the day of the centenary anniversary of the League of Nations.

Confirmed participants include: Sara Baranzoni, David Berry, Mark Boyle, Lily Cole,Beatriz Colomina, Hilary Cottam, Adam Curtis, Rana Dasgupta, Aria Dean, Julien Dossier, Divya Dwivedi, Formafantasma, Peter Fischli, Furtherfield/Ruth Catlow,Fernando Garcia Dory, GCC, Anna Bella Geiger, Jon Gray, Madeline Hollander, Yuk Hui, Anne Imhof, Kia La Beija, Shaj Mohan, Gerald Moore, Richard Mosse, Oscar Murillo,Wilson Oryema, Alice Rawsthorn, Daniel Ross, Saskia Sassen, Emily Segal, Patrick Staff,Bernard Stiegler, Phoebe Tickell, Paolo Vignola and Nil Yalter with more to be announced soon.

In advance of the Work Marathon, three podcasts presented by Victoria Sin, will discuss some of the themes and topics, released on radio.serpentinegalleries.org.

The podcasts will be produced in collaboration with The Design Museum; London, Furtherfield Gallery; London and Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.

Participants in the podcasts include Amal Alhaag, Dani Admiss, Marija Bozinovska Jones, Miranda Hall, Anab Jain, Le Grand Jäger, Justin McGuirk, Patricia MacCormack, Marina Otero, Susan Schuppli, Cassie Thornton, Noam Toran and Jamie Woodcock.