Memory Marathon: a ‘protest against forgetting’

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Slogans for the Early 21st Century Douglas Coupland 2012

Source: Jennifer Rose Sciarrino Courtesy of the Daniel Faria Gallery

Slogans for the Early 21st Century Douglas Coupland 2012

We need wonder no more, as the forthcoming Memory Marathon staged by the London’s Serpentine Gallery is set to reveal how these eccentric gents will present what memory means to them.

David Lynch

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David Lynch

Running concurrently with this week’s bonanza of art fairs, including Frieze and PAD London, Memory Marathon will take place in a glowing geodesic dome beside the Serpentine Gallery’s 2012 Pavilion, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei.

Serpentine Gallery Garden Marathon 2011

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Serpentine Gallery Garden Marathon 2011

Dubbed a ‘festival of ideas’ by organisers, the continuous three-day event programme of talks, performances and experiments allows visitors to either pop in for specific solo presentations, – a ‘sprint’, if you will, or take in the whole three-day ‘marathon.’

Jacques Roubaud, Main Mnemonique (Mnemonic Hand) detail

Source: © Jacques Roubaud

Jacques Roubaud, Main Mnemonique (Mnemonic Hand) detail

More than 60 artists, writers, historians, musicians, scientists and even ‘robotics engineers’ have created work for the event, with other famous faces including REM frontman Michael Stipe, filmmaker Adam Curtis and poet Etel Adnan.

Mariana Castillo Deball

Source: © Mariana Castillo Deball 2012

Mariana Castillo Deball

With the huge range of participants, performances will include music, presentations on culture and history and lessons on ‘what animal brains ‘do’ and how machines ‘think’, according to organisers. The ambitious amongst us can even pick up some tips on how to remember a 1,000-digit number in an hour.

Evan Calder Williams

Source: © Evan Calder Williams

Evan Calder Williams

 Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, says: ‘As a curator, I am constantly engaged in building memory or, as Eric Hobsbawm put it, leading a “protest against forgetting”. I look forward to exploring a subject that is so pertinent in an age where, as Ai Weiwei says, “we move so fast that memory is something we can only try to grasp”.’

Memory Marathon runs from 12- 14 October next to the Serpentine Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, London W2. For the full programme visit http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2012/10/memory_marathon.html

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