Serpentine Pavilion 30–31 Jul 2010 Free

The Serpentine Gallery and the V&A staged a unique overnight event of talks, films, experiments and a midnight feast in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010 designed by Jean Nouvel.


20.30 – 21.45:

V&A Bombay Sapphire Twilight bar and registration

22.00 – 08.00:

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Jean Nouvel 2010

Last admittance: 22.30, Serpentine Gallery

Artists, architects and musicians, amongst others, hosted activities throughout the night, exploring ideas of mapping sleep and the psychedelic qualities of insomnia.

Participants included: ÅBÄKE, Charles Arsène-Henry, Dale Berning, Peter Brook, Bompas & Parr, Karl Burke, Eileen Carpio, Sean Carpio, Lucinda Chua, Céline Condorelli, Stuart Croft, Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, Heinz Emigholz, Mark Garry, Francesca Grilli, Melissa Gronlund, Emilia Izquierdo, Darian Leader, John Morgan Studio, Cesare Pietroiusti, Simon Popper, Laure Prouvost, Alex Rich, Dr Angelica Ronald and Lewis Ronald among others.

20.30 – 21.45

• The Sleepover begins at the V&A with a Bombay Sapphire Twilight Bar. Enjoy specially created night-cap cocktails and take part in special Twilight tours of the V&A collection. Register and collect your tickets to gain entry to the rest of the event held at the Serpentine Gallery.

• At 21.45, participants walk from the V&A to the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010 designed by Nouvel.

22.00 – 02.00

A series of artists’ films screened throughout the event. Films and videos include:

Celine Condorelli and Simon Popper: Lullaby, 2008 (video projection, sound)

Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid: Meshes of the Afternoon, 1943 (16mm transferred to digital video, b/w, 14’. Courtesy of RE:VOIR)

Francesca Grilli: La Quarta Conversazione, 2008 (16mm transferred to DVD, 6’30’’)

Emilia Izquierdo: Sleep, 2007 (Video projection, 2’, continuous loop)

• A talk by psychoanalyst Darian Leader on sleep disorders, dreams and art.

Power Trifle: Bompas & Parr presents a trifle-based performance. Get Victorian on their traditional, creamy desserts but be warned. The trifles either contain calming remedies or powerful stimulants. You could be awake all night!

• A performance by Heinz Emigholz, Sentimental Bombast – Some Panels from the Basis of Make-Up (2010), exploring dreams.

• A music performance by Sending Letters to the Sea, a project by visual artist Mark Garry with composer Karl Burke and musician and vocalist Eileen Carpio, percussionist Sean Carpio and cellist Lucinda Chua.

02.00 – 05.00

A series of Insomnia Labs throughout the night, featuring talks, workshops, lectures and discussions on professional insomniacs, the night, dreaming, sleep and the productivity of sleeplessness;

• Insomnia Lab 1: Writer Melissa Gronlund and artist Laure Prouvost explore the relationship between insomnia and the arts.

• Insomnia Lab 2: Scientist Dr Angelica Ronald and artist Lewis Ronald run a participatory seminar on why we sleep and the concept of sleep debt.

• A performance of sound and lullabies by artist Dale Berning.

• Insomnia Lab 3: Dreamed Lecture No. 1 by editor and writer Charles Arsène-Henry, which uses the texture and logics of dreams to address content.

Social Pasta 10, by åbäke and Alex Rich with films by Stuart Croft and Peter Brook. Breakfast served.

Stuart Croft: Drive In, 2007 (Super-16mm transferred to DVD, 7’24’’, continuous loop. Courtesy of the artist.)

Peter Brook: Lord of the Flies, 1963 (35mm, b/w, 92’. Courtesy of the BFI.)

Non-Existent Objects (1997-2010), a durational installation and participatory project by artist Cesare Pietroiusti, installed in the pavilion throughout the night.

• The evening is documented in a hand made book, collated and designed throughout the night by John Morgan Studio. The book is hand crafted and delivered to participants in the morning. Content for the newspaper is gathered in workshops run by the Sleepover’s participants and performers throughout the night.

• The event is filmed by artist Hilary Koob-Sassen.


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