Serpentine Gallery Memory Marathon

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Serpentine Gallery Memory Marathon 2011 © Federico Martelli
Serpentine Gallery Memory Marathon

Kensington Gardens
W2 3XA London
October 12th, 2012 - October 14th, 2012
Opening: October 12th, 2012 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

+44 020 7402 6075
Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm.
film, screening, performance
Tickets are £25/£20 for two days and £15/£10 for one day. They're available from the Serpentine Gallery Lobby Desk +44 (0)20 7402 6075 or


Over three days during Frieze Art Fair Week, 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.

The three-day event begins on Friday 12 October with a thrilling five-hour performance by acclaimed Lebanese sound artist Tarek Atoui, who together with fourteen internationally renowned musicians will take audiences on a mesmerising journey through Tarab and classical Arab music recorded from the early 20th century onwards.

Among more than 60 participants confirmed so far are 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 World Memory Champion 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; The screening of Ways of Listening, a portrait of John Berger in the form of a compelling document of a weekend spent in the company of close friend Tilda Swinton; writer Douglas Coupland; poet John Giorno; writer and cultural historian Marina Warner; author and technologist China Miéville; artists Gilbert & George; architects Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron andFumihiko Maki; composer Gavin Bryars with poet and painter Etel Adnan.

Tickets are £25/£20 for two days and £15/£10 for one day. They're available from the Serpentine Gallery Lobby Desk  +44 (0)20 7402 6075 or

Friday 12 October (6pm - 11pm)
Saturday 13 October (12 noon - 10pm)
Sunday 14 October (11am - 9pm)