Over three days during Frieze Art Fair Week (October 12 – 14, 2012), the Serpentine Gallery stages the Memory Marathon, the seventh annual festival of ideas inspired by the annual Pavilion commission. This multi-disciplinary event will feature a wide range of participants, including leading artists, architects, film-makers, musicians, scientists, theorists and writers in a continuous, performative programme of explorations, musical and theatrical performances, film screenings, discussions and experiments.
Audiences can attend specific events – ranging from 15-minute solo presentations to 45-minute discussions or performances – throughout each day of the Memory Marathon. Or, they can immerse themselves fully in the three-day festival, during which time they will be transported on a deeply evocative journey through music, culture and history; consider the importance of memory in law and biology; learn what animal brains ‘do’ and how machines ‘think’ in the company of experts from a wide range of scientific fields; discover the impact an increasingly digitised world has on memory; learn tips on how to remember a 1,000-digit number in an hour; and experience first-hand the powerful links between the senses and memory.
Among more than 60 participants confirmed so far include former REM vocalist Michael Stipe; filmmakers Amos Gitaiand David Lynch, who will present a new film; historians Jay Winter and Donald Sassoon, who together will explore the theme of ‘War Memory’; celebrated neuroscientist Israel Rosenfield, who will introduce ‘The Problem of Memory’ with writer John Hull, robotics expert Luc Steels and Grand Master of Memory Ed Cooke; artists Olivier Castel and Ed Atkins on ‘Deception and Self-Deception’; scent expert Sissel Tolaas on ‘Sensory Memory’. Other contributors include Harvard astronomy professor Dimitar Sasselov; writer and critic John Berger; writer Douglas Coupland; poet John Giorno; writer and cultural historian Marina Warner; author and technologistChina Miéville; artists Gilbert & George; architects Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Fumihiko Maki; composerGavin Bryars with poet and painter Etel Adnan.
As professor, author and scientist Israel Rosenfield has noted, ‘memory is relationship; on the one hand our temporal relationships and on the other our spatial relationships’. This year’s Marathon will approach memory as an active practice that can question received ideas – a probing of the old in the name of the new.
Confirmed participants: Etel Adnan, Ida Applebroog, Siah Armajani, Ed Atkins, Tarek Atoui, Lutz Bacher, John Berger, Dara Birnbaum, Tim Bliss, Geta Bratescu, Gavin Bryars, Daniel Buren, Evan Calder Williams, Oliver Castel,Mariana Castillo Deball, Dennis Cooper, Douglas Coupland, Michael Craig-Martin, Alison Crawshaw, Adam Curtis, Pierre de Meuron, Brian Dillon, Marcus du Sautoy (in collaboration with Richard Rhys of the Pattern Foundry), Joshua Foer, Alberto Garutti, Gilbert & George,Liam Gillick, John Giorno, Amos Gitai, David Goldblatt,Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Alice Herz-Sommer, Jacques Herzog, Richard Hollis, John Hull, Richard Hollis,Ragnar Kjartansson, Isabel Lewis, David Lynch, Fumihiko Maki, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, China Miéville, Jeremy Millar, Adrian Piper, Alice Rawsthorn, James Richards,Isreal Rosenfield, Jacques Roubaud, Dimitar Sasselov,Donald Sassoon, Ella Shohat, Cally Spooner, Luc Steels,Michael Stipe, Jan Szymczuk, Jean-Yves Tadié, Timothy Taylor, Sissel Tolaas, Gisèle Vienne, Marina Warner, Ai Weiwei, Eyal Weizman, Richard Wentworth, Jay Winter,Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Four hours of the Memory Marathon will be broadcast live onThe Space.
For more information visit: www.serpentinegallery.org/2012/10/memory_marathon.html
*Banner Image: Serpentine Gallery Garden Marathon 2011; Photograph: Federico Martelli