In partnership with the Serpentine's Work Marathon, we present a new series of podcasts 'On Work', where hosts Victoria Sin and Lucia Pietroiusti discuss themes around work, labour, automation and leisure.
Justin McGuirk is a writer and curator based in London. He is the chief curator at the Design Museum and the founder of Design Curating & Writing at Design Academy Eindhoven. He has been the director of Strelka Press, the design critic of The Guardian, and the editor of Icon magazine. In 2012 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture for an exhibition he curated with Urban Think Tank. His book Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture is published by Verso.
Sumitra Upham is a London-based Curator and educator. She is currently Curator of Public Programmes at the Design Museum. Previously, she was Design Curator at Oxo Tower Wharf, Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and part of the exhibitions team at White Cube, London. She holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University. Key exhibitions include Radical Disco: Architecture and Nightlife in Italy 1965–1975; Shout Out! UK Pirate Radio in the 1980s; Whose Gaze is it Anyway?; and Cybernetic Serendipity: a Documentation.
Lucia Pietroiusti is Curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries (London) as well as the Curator of Sun & Sea (Marina) by Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte and Lina Lapelyte, the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, 2019, awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. She is the curator (with Filipa Ramos) of the durational festival on interspecies consciousness, The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish (2018-19) as well as the research, publication and performance project, PLANTSEX, on erotics and botany. Since 2013, she has programmed and produced research projects, artist commissions and performances, as well as film and collaborative partnerships, at the Serpentine Galleries. Pietroiusti was the co-curator of the 2018 (Work), 2016 (Miracle), 2015 (Transformation) and 2014 (Extinction) editions of the Serpentine’s yearly Marathon festival of art, science and technology; and the co-curator (with Kay Watson) and co-presenter (with Victoria Sin) of The Serpentine Podcast. Previously, Pietroiusti has been Assistant Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2007-2009) and Associate Editor of the journal of the arts and letters, Boulevard Magenta (2008-2010). Pietroiusti is currently researching more-than-humanism, ecology, interspecies consciousness, species extinction, plant intelligence, botany and myth.
Victoria Sin is a London based artist concerned with the experience of the physical within the social body. Their work explores desire, identification and objectification within systems of looking and reification of ideal images within technologies of representation. They work across performance, moving image, writing, installation, and print, and use drag as a tool to challenge expectations and attitudes on femme identities and how images and iconography of femininity are produced, inscribed, and performed.
Their long term project, Dream Babes, explores speculative fiction as a productive strategy of queer resistance, invading existing narratives around naturalised states of sex, gender and race, imaging futurity that does not depend on existing historical and social infrastructure.
Anab Jain imagines and builds future worlds we can experience in the present moment. By creating new ways of seeing, being and acting, she inspires and challenges us to look critically at the decisions and choices we make today. A designer, filmmaker and futurist, Jain co-founded the vanguard laboratory, design and film studio Superflux with Jon Ardern to parse uncertainties around our shared futures. From climate change and growing inequality, to the emergence of artificial intelligence and the future of work, Superflux explore some of the biggest challenges of our times -- and investigate the potential and unintended consequences of these challenges. Jain is also Professor and Program Leader at Studio Design Investigations, University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Her work has won awards from Apple Computers Inc., UNESCO, ICSID and the UK Government’s Innovation Department and has been exhibited at MoMA New York, V&A Museum, Vitra Design Museum and the National Museum of China amongst others.
Legrand Jäger is a design practice based between Berlin and London. Guillemette Legrand (FR, Berlin-based) and Eva Jäger (US, London-based) graduated together from Design Academy Eindhoven’s Contextual Design MA and have continued to interrogate culture with their research-driven, critical design practice that investigates how the designed world, especially new technology, is shaping ethics. Their film, performance, soundscapes and objects have been shown across Europe in museums including Palais de Tokyo and Van Abbe Museum. They are currently designers in residence at the Design Museum London focusing on Dwelling through the lens of the smart home device.
Frances Holliss is an architect and academic at the Cass School of Architecture, London Metropolitan University. She is an expert on the architecture of home-based work, completing a doctorate in 2007 (The workhome… a new building type?), which she was funded to develop and disseminate 2009-11 (www.theworkhome.com). Holliss speaks internationally, and has written widely, on the subject. Her book ‘Beyond Live/Work: the Architecture of Home-based Work’ was published by Routledge in 2015. Concerned about the negative impact policy and regulatory frameworks have on design for home-based work, she is a co-author of OECD ‘Policy Brief for Home-based Business’ (2018, in press).
Simone Niquille is a designer and researcher based in Amsterdam NL. Her practice Technoflesh investigates the representation of identity & the digitisation of biomass in the networked space of appearance. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Visual Strategies from the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam. She is a 2016 Fellow of Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam and commissioned contributor to the Dutch Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Amal Alhaag is an Amsterdam-based independent curator, cultural programmer and researcher. She develops experimental research practice, public programmes and projects on current (global) social affairs, decoloniality, counter-culture, oral histories and popular culture. Alhaag is currently curator of public programming and research at the Research Center for Material Culture in Leiden. She is artistic director of Metro54, a platform for urban arts and culture in the Netherlands, and associate curator at Framer Framed. Together with artist Maria Guggenbichler she co-founded the Side Room, a platform for ex-centric cultural practices in Amsterdam.