Memory Marathon: Ragnar Kjartansson and Eyal Weizman included in Serpentine Gallery’s 7th annual festival

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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 AdnanIda ApplebroogSiah ArmajaniEd AtkinsTarek AtouiLutz BacherJohn BergerDara BirnbaumTim BlissGeta BratescuGavin BryarsDaniel BurenEvan Calder WilliamsOliver Castel,Mariana Castillo DeballDennis CooperDouglas CouplandMichael Craig-MartinAlison CrawshawAdam CurtisPierre de MeuronBrian DillonMarcus du Sautoy (in collaboration with Richard Rhys of the Pattern Foundry)Joshua FoerAlberto GaruttiGilbert & George,Liam GillickJohn GiornoAmos GitaiDavid Goldblatt,Dominique Gonzalez-FoersterAlice Herz-SommerJacques HerzogRichard HollisJohn HullRichard Hollis,Ragnar KjartanssonIsabel LewisDavid LynchFumihiko MakiViktor Mayer-SchönbergerChina MiévilleJeremy MillarAdrian PiperAlice RawsthornJames Richards,Isreal RosenfieldJacques RoubaudDimitar Sasselov,Donald SassoonElla ShohatCally SpoonerLuc Steels,Michael StipeJan SzymczukJean-Yves TadiéTimothy TaylorSissel TolaasGisèle VienneMarina WarnerAi WeiweiEyal WeizmanRichard WentworthJay Winter,Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Four hours of the Memory Marathon will be broadcast live onThe Space.

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*Banner Image: Serpentine Gallery Garden Marathon 2011; Photograph: Federico Martelli