The Serpentine Podcast: On Work


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.

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 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 explores 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 Frances Holliss. 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.


In this episode, Victoria Sin is backstage at the Serpentine Work Marathon, with Stella Creasy, Wilson Oryema, Nick Srnicek, Nanu Al-Hamad, Beatriz Colomina, and more.

Episode 5: THE WORK OF ART

In this episode, Victoria Sin and Lucia Pietroiusti discuss contributors to the Work Marathon that discuss what it means to make work as an artist. Philosopher Daniel Ross approaches the function of art as an anthropological question, while Ghetto Gastro co-founder Jon Gray chairs a discussion on finding your identity as an artist with artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and architect Sir David Adjaye. This podcast also features a performance by Anne Imhof from her work 'Faust.' The conversations and performances shared in this episode were recorded at the Serpentine's Work Marathon at the Royal Geographical Society in September 2018.