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.
Dr Helga Schmid is an artist/designer, researcher and lecturer. Currently, she is a Designer in Residence at the Design Museum and teaches on the MA in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art. Her research is situated within contemporary debates on the nature of temporality. By investigating the topic of time through an interdisciplinary approach of design, chronosocioloy and chronobiology, she opens up a new world of ‘Uchronia’.
Previously, she worked as a researcher in the Architecture and Design department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and internationally as designer/artist on high-profile projects, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts and the British Museum. Her work has been exhibited and featured in publications, blogs and magazines worldwide, such as the Whitechapel Gallery London, Dia Art Foundation in New York, Istanbul Design Biennial and DMY Berlin. She has received a number of international awards including the Type Directors Award, Art Directors Award, Best German Books Award as well as a Fulbright scholarship and two DAAD scholarships.
Beatriz Colomina is Professor of Architecture and Founding Director of the Media and Modernity programme at Princeton University. She has written extensively on questions of architecture, art, sexuality and media. Her books include Are We Human? Notes on an Archeology of Design (2016), The Century of the Bed (2015), Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies (2014), Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X (2010), Domesticity at War (2007), Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (1994), and Sexuality and Space (1992). She has curated a number of exhibitions including Clip/Stamp/Fold (2006), Playboy Architecture (2012) and Radical Pedagogies (2014). In 2016, she co-curated the third Istanbul Design Biennial with Mark Wigley. Her book X-Ray Architecture is forthcoming in Autumn 2018.
Nina Power is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Roehampton, London. She has written widely on politics, culture, feminism, and Philosophy. She is the author of One-Dimensional Woman (2009), and of many other articles and texts. She writes academically, as well as for The Wire, frieze, Disegno, the Guardian and many other magazines.
Katharine Vega is an artist, director and educator at creative studio chroma.space. Katharine’s art is grounded in original research into shared experience, touch and multi-sensory communication through her PHD at the University of Sussex. Embracing the sense that questions of mental, social and environmental ecology do not simply inform each other, but depend on each other, she works with contemporary neuroscience to explore unconscious processes, dream, collective intelligence and social transformation. Recent projects include the touring exhibition “Technology is Not Neutral” and the Flux Lab in collaboration with the Affective Sciences department at Biotech Geneva.
Precious Okoyomon is a queer poet, artist, and performer living in New York. She is the author But Did You Die, forthcoming from Birds LLC. Her writing has been published in numerous publications including The Believer, Lambda Literary, and Best American Experimental Writing 2019. She is a Leo that is very low key evil.
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.
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.