The Serpentine Podcast: On Work

3 Episodes


In advance of the Work Marathon, a new series of three specially-conceived and produced podcasts will be released on Serpentine Radio, discussing some of its themes and topics. These podcasts will be presented by Victoria Sin and Lucia Pietroiusti and produced in collaboration with The Design Museum, London; Furtherfield, London and Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam. 

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.

Hosts: Victoria Sin & Lucia Pietroiusti
Production: Jessie Lawson & Jack Howson for Reduced Listening
Sound Design: Dane Law
Mixing: Rob Winter

Episode 1: PLAYBOUR: Work, Pleasure, Survival
In collaboration with Furtherfield

In this episode, Victoria and Lucia partner with Furtherfield, a gallery based in Finsbury Park, to discuss their exhibition: Playbour: Work, Pleasure, Survival. Curator Dani Admiss invites researcher Dr Jamie Woodcock and journalist Miranda Hall for a discussion on Playbour and Gamification. Lucia and Victoria also listen to Treebour: an audio art piece by Marija Bozinovska Jones, originally created for Furtherfield’s Playbour exhibition.

In collaboration with WORK, BODY, LEISURE (Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale / Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam)

Marina Otero, Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut, chairs a conversation about labour in an interspecies and posthuman landscape. Participants include curator and researcher Amal Alhaag, posthuman ethics scholar Patricia MacCormack, artist and researcher Susan Schuppli and sound works by artist Noam Toran.

Episode 3: HOME
In collaboration with the Design Museum London

The Design Museum’s Chief Curator, Justin McGuirk, chairs a panel on the merging of work and home life: the new work-home environment has transformed domestic life, challenging traditional notions of privacy, efficiency and ideas around domestic labour. Participants include Anab Jain (Superflux) and The conversation, produced on the occasion of the Work Marathon, is a prelude to the Design Museum’s forthcoming exhibition Home Futures (7 November 2018 - 24 March 2019). With the participation of designer and researcher Simone Niquille, and sound works by Legrand Jäger with Rob Clouth and Jakab Pilaszanovich.