Recorded 22 September 2018

Work Marathon

Blog Archive ⟶

The 2018 Work Marathon saw artists, sociologists, anthropologists, writers, musicians, architects, scientists and philosophers address cultural, political, physical and environmental debates on the complex and timely questions that surround 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 explores issues including: technological developments leading to automation and its impact on labour; 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 was conceived in collaboration with Professor Bernard Stiegler who gathered 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 contributed to the writing of a manifesto, the first version of which was 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.

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The Work Marathon is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries; Claude Adjil, Associate Curator; Live Programmes; Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator, General Ecology; Kostas Stasinopoulos, Assistant Curator, Live Programmes; Ben Vickers, CTO and Kay Watson, Digital Curator.


10am - 10pm: Ondaatje Theatre, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
11am - 4pm: Interventions in and around the Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Frida Escobedo, W2 3XA
Polemic Tweet: All Bernard Stiegler-convened sessions including the workshop on 23 September will be streamed on the platform Polemic Tweet ( Join the conversation via #workmarathon on Twitter

*denotes remote or pre-recorded contribution

10am - 1pm
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Steffi Czerny
*Lily Cole and Mark BoyleMarblehill
Mark Boyle and James Suzman in conversation, Primitive Affluence 
Wilson OryemaA Working Miracle in Three Parts
Beatriz Colomina
Amal KhalafRadio Ballads
*Simon Lincelles (Ars Industrialis), Ars Industrialis Vocabulary, 2018
Bernard StieglerToo Late? The Final Warning
*Data Gueule, La faim du travail, 2016
Olivier LandauContributive Economy
Maël MontévilEntropy and the Anthropocene
Paolo Vignola, Perspective and Locality: Notes for a Collective Ecological Individuation
Daniel RossEscapement: The Mainspring of Humanity is Running Down 
Giacomo GilmozziSmart Cities or Smart (Data) Mines
Anne AlombertContributive Research, Social Sculpture and Digital Studies: An Attempt to Adopt Disruption
GCCGCC Lunch Break

1 - 4pm
Saskia Sassen
*Yana Peel
Intelligence Squared panel with Stella Creasy, Jack Self, Nick Srnicek, and Jamie Susskind, chaired by Helen Lewis
Pedro ReyesManufacturing Mischief 
Oscar MurilloDay Rehearsal Industrial Park
Adam Curtis and Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation
James Harding
Formafantasma, I, You and It

4 - 7pm
Fernando García-DoryInto Their Labours 
Phoebe TickellENSPIRAL - A Network that Works
Marcus du Sautoy(More Maths)=(Less Work) 
Wilson OryemaA Working Miracle in Three Parts
Anna Bella Geiger, work = trabalho 
Jon Gray, David Adjaye and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Josh KlineUnemployment
Rana DasguptaDoes the End of Work Mean the End of Citizenship?

7 - 10pm
Emily SegalMercury Retrograde
Venkatesh RaoArchetypes for the Anthropocene
Madeline HollanderFlatwing
Peter Fischli
Aria Dean, The Labour of Appearance 
Precious Okoyomonsky songs
Patrick StaffTreponema Pallidum
Anne Imhof

Rirkrit TiravanijaNe travaillez jamais, performed by Archie Proudfoot

*denotes remote or pre-recorded contribution

1.30 - 4.30pm
*Aurélien BarrauEcologie et Nouveau Pacte avec le Vivant, 2018
Julien Dossier, Clément Morlat and Olivier LandauThe Economy of Contribution in the Anthropocene and Beyond
*Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation, Entropy, Contributive Economy and Management of the Commons - Interview with Gaël Giraud, 2018
Maël Montévil, Giuseppe Longo and Bernard Stiegler, Mathematics, Life Science, Finance, Work and Economy
*Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation, Law in the Anthropocene - Interview with Alain Supiot, 2018
Divya Dwivedi, Yuk Hui, Bernard Stiegler and Paolo VignolaLocality, Post- Colonial Studies, Cosmotechnics, Internation (according to Marcel Mauss) and “Negantropy”

5 - 7:45pm
*Werner HerzogLo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, excerpt, 2016
Shaj Mohan, Gerald Moore and Daniel RossAcceleration, Disruption, Bifurcation
* Autodesk Building Solution, What is BIM (Building Information Modeling)?, 2017
Sara Baranzoni, David Berry, Giacomo Gilmozzi and Saskia SassenReally Smart Cities, Platforms, Infrasomatisation
*Joseph Beuys, video excerpt
* United Nations Foundation, Welcome to the Anthropocene, excerpt, 2012
Anne Alombert, Noel Fitzpatrick, Glenn Loughran and Vincent PuigContributive Research, Social Sculpture, Art & Technology

Peter Fischli / David Weiss,
How to work better, 1991/2000
Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Zurich 2018. Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Matthew Marks Gallery New York and Los Angeles, Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Yoko OnoSpace Transformer, 2018

Cao Fei, Rumba II: Nomad, 2015, Video, 14’16”. Sound by Dickson Dee. Courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space.


11am - 2pm

Oscar Murillo, Day Rehearsal Industrial Park

12 - 4pm
Beatriz ColominaBed-In

Beatriz Colomina will be hosting informal conversations in the bed in the Serpentine Pavilion. Schedule below.

The bed has become the epicentre of post- industrial work, according to architecture historian and theorist Beatriz Colomina. In the age of social media, a unique horizontal architecture is redefining and redistributing labour. 

Room 902 of the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel was the site of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous Bed-In for Peace, held from 25 - 31 March, 1969. More Bed-Ins would follow, in which Lennon and Ono attacked the society of achievement: 'Work is a relative word, you know. Work ispleasure', Lennon argued. 'I hate that kind of concept because it is ruining the whole society, that is; achievement and result... But that is all hypocrisy. They don’t have to have a result. 

They don’t have to achieve anything ... They don’t have to work hard. Why do you have to work hard?' Ono continued: 'It’s an achievement to enjoy'. By conceiving their honeymoon bed as a 24-hour day workspace where they would invite press and communicate with a global audience every day between 9am and 9pm, and spend the other hours trying to conceive a child, Ono and Lennon challenged the distinction between work and leisure. They anticipated the working bed of today – the scattered, pillowy office from which an ever larger dispersed army of hyper-connected people regularly work, assisted by an array of communication technologies and a growing digital infrastructure. The clear demarcation between work and leisure time – between domestic space and the space of the office or the factory – is no longer a prerequisite for a post-industrial society. And the bed, Colomina argues, as a site for new forms of digital intimacy, protest, work, production and reproduction, becomes a 'fucktory'.
From WORK, BODY, LEISURE (Dutch Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale / Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam) 

Bed-In schedule: (subject to change)

12:00 Sam Jacob
12:10 Mark Cousins
12:20 Frances Holliss
12:30 Alison Crawshaw
12:40 Marina Otero Verzier
12:50 Ines Weizman
13:00 Break
13:20 Troika
13:30 Sofia Krimizi
13:40 Territorial Agency
13:50 Eyal Weizman
14:00 Nina Power
14:10 Revital Cohen & Tuur van Balen
14:20 Break
14:40 Eva Franch I Gilabert
14:50 Amal Khalaf
15:10 Farshid Moussavi
15:20 Katharine Vega 
15:30 Matthew Fuller
15:40 Pedro Reyes
15:50 Oscar Murillo

Writing Workshop led by Professor Bernard Stiegler Closed-door event