Serpentine Gallery announces Memory Marathon

Over three days during Frieze Art Fair Week, the Serpentine Gallery presents the Memory Marathon, the seventh in the acclaimed Serpentine Gallery Marathon series. The Memory Marathon will feature presentations from leading artists, writers, film-makers, scientists, architects, musicians and theorists in a continuous, performative programme. The Memory Marathon will also mark the closing weekend of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, which takes its inspiration from the work of archaeological excavation, as a material unearthing of memory. The three-day festival will investigate the problem of memory; personal and collective histories; war, trauma and forgetting; the failure of witnessing; deception and self-deception; embodied memory; digital storage and the effect electronic preservation has on remembering.

The Memory Marathon begins on Friday 12 October with Tarek Atoui’s La Suite, a five-hour presentation of Tarab and classical Arab music, in which the artist will perform with fourteen internationally-renowned musicians. La Suite is commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation and will take place at the Serpentine Gallery.

The Memory Marathon is dedicated to Eric Hobsbawm.

Memory Marathon participants include: 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, Olivier Castel, Mariana Castillo Deball, Ed Cooke, Dennis Cooper, Winnie Cott, Douglas Coupland, Michael Craig-Martin, Alison Crawshaw, Adam Curtis, Pierre de Meuron, Brian Dillon, Marcus du Sautoy, Brian Eno, Joshua Foer, Alberto Garutti, Gilbert & George, Liam Gillick, John Giorno, Amos Gitai, David Goldblatt, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Jefferson Hack, Alice Herz-Sommer filmed by Ron Arad, Jacques Herzog, Richard Hollis, John Hull, Ragnar Kjartansson, Isabel Lewis, David Lynch, Fumihiko Maki, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, China Miéville, Jeremy Millar, Adrian Piper, Alice Rawsthorn, James Richards, Israel 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 and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Excerpts from the Memory Marathon will be broadcast live on The Space, www.thespace.org

Memory Marathon
Friday 12 October 6pm–11pm
Saturday 13 October 12pm–10pm
Sunday 14 October 11am–9pm

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