Monday 17 October 2011


Pablo Leon de la Barra presenting Savage Lava Jungles at the Serpentine Gallery's Garden Marathon

Garden Route 1, from Barragan to Xiltila, to Leonora Carrington, to Concrete Jungle, to Pellicer in Tabasco

Garden Route 2, from Barragan to Niemeyer, to Ibirapuera, to Sanaa, to Burle Marx, to Lina Bo-Bardi

Garden Route 3, from Pellicer, to Dr. Atl, to Barragan in el Pedregal, to Goeritz and Escobedo at Espacio Escultorico

Dominique Gonzalez Foerster's Plan for Escape Park at Documenta XI in 2002

Dominique Gonzalez Foerster's Concrete Desert Park in the Tropics in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2010

PLB, Ballard Park for DGF

Tate Modern under lava, inspired by Dr Atl's volcano paintings of lava covering the village of Paricutin

Gugenheim NY under lava

Lina Bo Bardi's partially covered Casa de Vidrio

Lava Museu, Partially Buried Courtyards

Lava Museum Grotto Gardens Cave Cube

the geodesic tent where the Marathon took place

Julia Peyton Jones presenting the Garden Marathon

Hans Ulrich Obrist presenting the Garden Marathon (photo by Federico Martelli, courtesy Serpentine Gallery)

Garden Marathon by night

tropical plants inside geodesia

shadows of the tropics

Geodesic pavilion at night with Hans Peter Feldman Christmas tree

Press Release:
Serpentine Gallery Garden Marathon
Saturday 15 October 12 noon -- 10 pm Sunday 16 October 11 am -- 9 pm

The Serpentine Gallery Garden Marathon is the sixth in the Gallery’s renowned Marathon series, an ambitious two-day event that takes place in London during Frieze Art Fair week. A live programme of continuous presentations by artists, writers, philosophers, scholars, musicians, architects, designers and scientists will take place in a specially constructed dome outside the Serpentine. The event is directly inspired by the acclaimed Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Peter Zumthor with Piet Oudolf’s garden at its centre.

Marathon participants:
Etel Adnan, Brian Aldiss, Maria Thereza Alves, Rosie Atkins, Yto Barrada and Sean Gullette, Gianfranco Baruchello, Gerry Bibby, Stefano Boeri, John Brockman, Pablo Bronstein, Lizzie Carey-Thomas, Hélène Cixous, Emer Coleman, Pascal Cribier, Adam Curtis, David Deutsch, Elizabeth Diller, Jimmie Durham, Marcus du Sautoy, Brian Eno, Patrick Eyres, Hans-Peter Feldmann, FIELDCLUB, Sophie Fiennes, Adriaan Geuze, Jef Geys, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Fritz Haeg with Denise Withers, Zarina Hashmi, Will Holder, Jennifer Jacquet, Charles Jencks, Koo Jeong-A, Alison Knowles and Meghan DellaCrosse, Pablo León de la Barra, Jonas Mekas and David Ellis, Catherine Mosbach, muf architecture/art, Christian Philipp Müller, Peter Murray-Rust, Silke Otto-Knapp, Mark Pagel, Philippe Parreno, Giuseppe Penone, Julia Peyton-Jones, Alice Rawsthorn, Carissa Rodriguez and Avena Gallagher, David Rowan, Peter Saville and Anna Blessmann, Rüdiger Schöttle, Richard Sennett, Bas Smets, Paul Smith, Something & Son, Susan Stenger, Corin Sworn, Wolfgang Tillmans, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Günther Vogt, Sophie von Cundale, Alex Waterman, Cerith Wyn Evans, Andrea Zanzotto and Qiu Zhijie.

As well as: The observer’s guide to the Serpentine Gallery Garden Marathon -- compiled in one voice, in the field, by a pool: Paul Becker, Ian Evans, Will Holder, John D. Millar, Francesco Pedraglio, Heather Phillipson, Natasha Soobramienen, Cally Spooner, Nick Thurston and Luke Williams.

Contributions from key figures from multiple disciplines will include explorations of the spatial, urban and scientific importance of gardens to the significance of the garden in our experience of the world as well as cutting- edge research in biodiversity, conservation and genetics. Gardens have been a source of inspiration for artists, writers and poets such as Ian Hamilton Finlay whose permanent installation can be seen in the Gallery’s grounds.

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects; Sally Tallant, Head of Programmes; Nicola Lees, Public Programmes Curator and Lucia Pietroiusti, Assistant Curator, Serpentine Gallery.

Serpentine Gallery Marathons are a unique series of events that bring together the fields of art, culture, science and technology. Previous Marathons have included last year’s Map Marathon 2010, following on from the Poetry Marathon 2009, Manifesto Marathon 2008, Experiment Marathon 2007 and the Interview Marathon 2006.

Marathon Programme:

SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER 12pm – 5pm
Julia Peyton-Jones Hans Ulrich Obrist

Wolfgang Tillmans
Ursuppe and Other Garden Pictures

Rosie Atkins
A History of Garden Design in 20 Minutes

Jef Geys
Quadra Medicinale: Weeds and Biodiversity

Gianfranco Baruchello
The Coefficient – The Garden as a Joint Agent

Hélène Cixous
Un vrai jardin – A Real Garden

Etel Adnan
The Spring Flowers Own

Patrick Eyres
Ian Hamilton Finlay and Little Sparta 

Cerith Wyn Evans
Reading: Poems by Ian Hamilton Finlay

Alice Rawsthorn
Interviews Adriaan Geuze, Something & Son and FIELDCLUB

Adriaan Geuze Something & Son
Born in a Shed

Some Aspects of Neo-Agrosophy

Dan Graham
Museum as Garden/Garden as Museum

5pm – 10pm
Brian Aldiss
Interviewed by Hans Ulrich Obrist 

Rodney Graham
Lobbing Potatoes at a Gong 

Günther Vogt
Reality as Model as Reality
Rüdiger Schöttle
Theatergarden Bestiarium
Alison Knowles and Meghan DellaCrosse
Loose Pages
Pascal Cribier
Garden, Nature or Landscape?
Zarina Hashmi
Invisible Gardens
Elizabeth Diller
Fritz Haeg & DeniseWithers
How a Garden can Change Your Life
Christian Philipp Müller
The New World
Muf architecture/art
The Rehearsal
Peter Saville & Anna Blessmann
TV Blumen
Gerry Bibby
No Picnic (A Promenade of the Hearts), performed with Sophie Corin Sworn
Out of Range

Rodney Graham
Lobbing Potatoes at a Gong

Susan Stenger
Ryoanji, by John Cage

11am – 5pm
Marcus du Sautoy
Exploring the Mathematical Garden
John Brockman
In Conversation with:
Brian Eno
Jennifer Jacquet
Shame Totem v.2.0 
Mark Pagel, 
Cities as Gardens 

Jimmie Durham
Berlin, April 2000
Paul Smith
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank: Supporting Innovation and Adaptation in Horticulture in a Changing World
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster & Pablo León De La Barra
David Rowan, Emer Coleman & Peter Murray-Rust
Walled Gardens vs. Open Spaces: The Tension at the Heart of the Internet
Stefano Boeri
A Planetary Kitchen Garden
Richard Sennett
Open and Closed:How Gardens Serve as Places for Reflection
Catherine Mosbach
Phase Shift Park
Giuseppe Penone
The Garden Begins when a Man Tramples the Soil
Silke Otto-Knapp
“Recollections of a Happy Life, being the Autobiography of Marianne North”, a reading
Charles Jencks
The Universe in the Landscape 

Pablo Bronstein
In Conversation with Lizzie Carey-Thomas
5pm – 8.30pm
Sophie von Cundale
The Garden of Endemol

Jonas Mekas and David Ellis
Orvydas Garden

Adam Curtis
I Am not a Garden. I Am a Machine

Carissa Rodriguez & Avena Gallagher

Philippe Parreno & Bas Smets

Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Transfer and Exchange: Proposal for 1 Million Participants to Participate in an Artwork for Freshkills Park, NYC: Public Offerings Made by All Redeemed by All

Yto Barrada
Sean Gullette Reads from Yto Barrada’s “A Guide to Trees for Governors and Gardeners”, with a Slideshow

Sophie Fiennes
3a The Little House

Alex Waterman
Beacons of Ancestorship

With additional contributions by
Maria Thereza Alves
...sur l’herbe (homage à Domenico & Vincenzo Mancini)
David Deutsch
Why Are Flowers Beautiful?
Hans-Peter Feldmann
Will Holder
Pool (see back page)
Koo Jeong-A
Undisturbed Pools
Andrea Zanzotto
Reading by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Qiu Zhijie

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