Serpentine South Gallery 18–19 Oct 2008 Free

Manifesto Marathon, the third in the Serpentine Gallery’s acclaimed series of Marathon events, took place in the closing weekend of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008, designed by Frank Gehry.

The Manifesto Marathon came at a time when artists had begun to work less in formal groups and defined artistic movements. It showcased a new generation of artists alongside practitioners from the worlds of literature, design, science, philosophy, music and film who were returning to the historical notion of the manifesto. The Manifesto Marathon drew on the Serpentine Gallery’s close proximity to Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, which has been used as a platform by Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, George Orwell and William Morris, among many others.

Participants of the Manifesto Marathon included: Vivienne Westwood, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Hilary Koob-Sassen, Ingo Niermann & Zak Kyes, Rasheed Araeen, Peter Cook, Richard Wentworth, Gilbert & George, Ben Vautier, Jonas Mekas, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Tom Mccarthy, Mark Wallinger, Yoko Ono, Barbara Steveni, Ekaterina Degot, Raqs media collective, Nathaniel Mellors, Lee Scrivner, Andrea Branzi, Henry Flynt, Marina Abramović, Agnès Varda, Susan Hefuna, Stephen Willats, Falke Pisano, Adam Pendleton, Jimmie Durham, Nicolas Bourriaud, PLATFORM, The Otolith Group, Tino Sehgal, Karl Holmqvist, Nick Laessing, Terence Koh, Stewart Home, Mark Titchner, K8 Hardy, Fritz Haeg, Charles Jencks, Eric Hobsbawm, Athanasios Argianas, Silvia Kolbowski, SpRoUt, Mark Aerial Waller and Giles Round.


Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist


Sally Tallant, Head of Programmes and Associate Curator, Marathons

Nicola Lees, Public Programmes Curator

Capucine Perrot, Public Programmes Assistant

Mia Jankowicz, Public Programmes Assistant

Dean Kissick, Public Programmes Intern


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