Work Marathon

22 Sep 2018

Cost of entry

£15 - 10

Royal Geographical Society

London, United Kingdom


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  • Tube: South Kensington

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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. 

The Work Marathon is conceived in collaboration with Professor Bernard Stiegler who will gather experts from around the world to consider economics for an age of planetary-scale environmental crisis, looking to reduce the human footprint on the planet and reverse the phenomenon of entropy that follows. With Stiegler’s advice, the 2018 Serpentine Marathon has the goal of contributing to the writing of a manifesto, the first version of which will be issued on 23 September, and the definitive version of which will be sent to the United Nations, in Geneva, on 10 January 2020 – the day of the centenary anniversary of the League of Nations.

Participants include: Sara Baranzoni, David Berry, Mark Boyle, Lily Cole, Beatriz Colomina, Adam Curtis, Rana Dasgupta, Aria Dean, Julien Dossier, Divya Dwivedi, Noel Fitzpatrick, Formafantasma, Peter Fischli, Furtherfield/Ruth Catlow, Fernando Garcia Dory, GCC, Anna Bella Geiger, Jon Gray, Madeline Hollander, Frances Holliss Yuk Hui, Anne Imhof, Josh Kline, Shaj Mohan, Gerald Moore, Richard Mosse, Oscar Murillo, Precious Okoyomon, Wilson Oryema, Venkatesh Rao, Pedro Reyes, Daniel Ross,Saskia Sassen, Emily Segal, Patrick Staff, Bernard Stiegler, James Suzman, Phoebe Tickell and Paolo Vignola with more to be announced soon.

In advance of the Work Marathon, three podcasts will discuss some of the themes and topics, presented by Victoria Sin and Lucia Pietroiusti released on radio.serpentinegalleries.org.

The podcasts will be produced in collaboration with The Design Museum, London, Furtherfield Gallery, London and Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam. 

Participants in the podcasts will include Amal Alhaag, Dani Admiss, Marija Bozinovska Jones, Miranda Hall, Frances Holliss, Anab Jain, Le Grand Jäger, Justin McGuirk, Patricia MacCormack, Simone Niquille, Marina Otero, Susan Schuppli, Cassie Thornton, Noam Toran and Jamie Woodcock.


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