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Marina Abramovic, Anohni*, James Bridle*, Mariana Mazzucato, Tomás Saraceno, Adrian Villar Rojas, Yinka Shonibare and other key cultural, scientific figures gather for day long prelude to Serpentine’s acclaimed Marathon series, returning for summer 2024.

Balm by Ventura Profana © Ventura Profana

Serpentine has announced  Infinite Ecologies Marathon: The Prelude, an all-day event that will gather key cultural figures to address pressing questions on environmental issues and set the agenda for the return of the acclaimed Serpentine Marathon programme in 2024. The Prelude will take place this Saturday 14th October from 12pm to 8.30pm in the 22nd Serpentine Pavilion by Lina Ghotmeh, one of this year’s participants. 

Infinite Ecologies Marathon: The Prelude aims to seek agency in the current times of crisis, focusing on what must be witnessed, remembered and held in facing a climate breakdown which is unequally distributed between different persons, human and non-human alike.

In July 2024, the Infinite Ecologies Marathon will mark the ten-year anniversary of the Extinction Marathon described as

“the art world’s bid to save the human race.” 

(The Guardian)

Programmed with artist Gustav Metzger, the two-day event addressed visions of the future in all their scientific, artistic, and literary ramifications and inaugurated the Serpentine’s Ecologies programme, a long-term commitment to artist-led, systems-focused ecological research and initiatives through the General Ecology project and Back to Earth.

Bettina Korek, CEO and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine said: 

Since 2006, the Serpentine Marathon has been an institution of interdisciplinarity, bringing together artists, thinkers, researchers, and other creative leaders from myriad fields to interrogate a timely and multifaceted subject. Next year’s Infinite Ecologies Marathon and its prelude held during Frieze Week 2023 will reflect on a formative moment in Serpentine’s trajectory—the founding of our boundary-breaking General Ecology programme — and chart a new course to explore the ever-urgent topics of nature and the environment from many different perspectives for the Serpentine’s Ecologies programme.

Lucia Pietroiusti, Head of Ecologies said: 

The Infinite Ecologies Marathon marks the beginning of a new era in Serpentine’s ongoing commitment to ecology and the environment. Firstly, we are re-conceiving the Marathon festival as an open-research platform and a catalyst for action. Beyond raising awareness, culture builds purpose in many ways – in making space for the sacred, the radical and the dissonant in an increasingly alienated, dominant culture; proposing alternative ways of living and imagining life; carrying knowledge and learning across deep time; and getting involved in redesigning broken systems. We embark on a long-durational, Infinite Ecologies project to pay attention to these infinitely vast, infinitely different experiences and possibilities.

This year’s event will gather key practitioners across disciplines including contributions from Infinite Ecologies Marathon: The Prelude brings together key figures across disciplines – including Anohni*, Marina Abramovi?, James Bridle*, Cooking Sections, Gabriela De Matos, Manthia Diawara, Brian Eno*, Formafantasma*, Lina Ghotmeh, Daisy Hildyard, Louisa Hooper, Nabihah Iqbal, Judy Ling Wong, Gabriel Massan, Mariana Mazzucato, Jojo Mehta, Kumi Naidoo*, Ventura Profana, Tomás Saraceno, Nikolaj Schultz, Yinka Shonibare, Natsuko Uchino, Adrián Villar Rojas and Johannes Vogel.
Participants will be addressing pressing questions such as:

What is underrepresented on the environmental agenda today?
What is not yet on the agenda, but will be in the near future?

Seeking to surface and investigate more underrepresented subjects in the struggle for environmental justice and balance, the Prelude is also part of a Serpentine Ecologies research methodology concerned with multiplicity, and a collective commitment to reparative and just environmental action.

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director; Lucia Pietroiusti, Head of Ecologies; and Kostas Stasinopoulos, Curator, Live Programmes; with Sarah Hamed, Assistant Curator, Exhibitions and Eva Speight, Curatorial Assistant, Live Programmes.

Infinite Ecologies Marathon: The Prelude, Saturday 14th October from 12pm to 8:30 pm, Serpentine Pavillion by Lina Ghotmeh – Architecture

*virtual contribution



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