Miracle Marathon

The Serpentine’s annual festival of ideas brings together practitioners from the fields of activism, art, anthropology, architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theology and science to focus on ritual, imagination and magical thinking.

Art Special event previously on at Serpentine Galleries in Greater London, United Kingdom.
From Saturday 08 October 2016 to Monday 10 October 2016

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This year’s Marathon takes place over two days and in two locations across London, Day 1 at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and Day 2 at Second Home. Click ‘Read More’ for confirmed participants on both days.

_"I believe in the spirituality of the sacred. Not of religion, but of the sacred. What is the spirituality of the sacred? It’s the intuition of how we relate to the world. This is what the imaginary is: we feel the rumbling underneath us." _ — Edouard Glissant

Now in its eleventh year, the Serpentine Marathon series continues on its exploration of activism, art, anthropology, architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theology and science through a specific theme or topic of particular relevance in artists’ practice and in the wider contemporary context. Each year, the Marathon topic breaks through disciplinary boundaries to identify discursive movements, as well as the parallels and points of encounter between the empirical, the political and the imagined.

Following on from the 2014 Extinction Marathon which presented environmental and human crises facing the world today (co-curated with Gustav Metzger) and the 2015 Transformation Marathon, which proposed ways of identifying and effecting change in the face of increasing complexity, the 2016 Miracle Marathon focuses in on ritual, repetition and magical thinking to consider ways in which the imaginary can not only predict, but also play a part in affecting long-term futures. This year, the initial concept for the Miracle Marathon was developed together with artist Sophia Al-Maria.

2016 sees the Marathon festival become a truly London-wide celebration, with Day 1 taking place at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in West London and Day 2 at Second Home, East London. In 2015, the Transformation Marathon launched the first-ever broadcast of Serpentine Radio, the Galleries’ online radio station, with twelve hours of the event taking place on stage and a further twelve hours on air. The Miracle Marathon builds on this model and extends it: the second day of the festival, taking place on Sunday 9 October will take the form of a 12-hour long radio broadcast, recorded in front of a live audience, with parallel performances, installations and screenings taking place across the entire site.

Both days of the Miracle Marathon are streamed live at radio.serpentinegalleries.org – as a video stream on Day 1 and as a radio broadcast on Day 2.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, W2 2AR
Saturday 8 October, 10am-10pm
Subject to change. Check back regularly for updates and new confirmed participants and contributors

Etel Adnan, Sophia Al-Maria, A. Igoni Barrett, James Bridle, Christo, Mark Cousins, Jesse Darling, Pierre Depaz, Es Devlin, Manthia Diawara, Marcus du Sautoy, Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Gilbert & George, Douglas Gordon, Kathelin Gray, Romuald Hazoumé, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Bhanu Kapil, Kasper König, Norman M. Klein, Timothy Morton, Carina Namih, Edna O’Brien, Andrew O’Hagan, Jussi Parrika, Genesis P-Orridge, Jacqueline Rose, Carlo Rovelli, Riccardo Sabatini, The Otolith Group, Jalal Toufic, Adrián Villar Rojas, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Eyal Weizman and more

Second Home, 68-80 Hanbury Street, E1 5JL
Sunday 9 October, midday-midnight
Subject to change. Check back regularly for updates and new confirmed participants and contributors

Sarah Abu Abdallah, Sophia Al-Maria, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Lekan Babalola and The Sacred Funk Project, Mario Bellatin, Rebecca Bligh, Federico Campagna, Anne Carson, Mark Cousins, Jesse Darling, Kris De Meyer, Es Devlin, Jimmie Durham, Marcus du Sautoy, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Daniel Glaser, Kathelin Gray, Boris Groys, John-Dylan Haynes, Caspar Heinemann, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Bhanu Kapil, William Kherbek, Syowia Kyambi, Rachel MacLean, Julian Melchiorri, Walter Mignolo, Marie NDiaye, Ruth Padel, Genesis P-Orridge, Paul Purgas, Milo Rau, Alice Rawsthorn, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Tomás Saraceno, Simon Schaffer, Tai Shani, Jim Shaw, Takeshi Shiomitsu, Marianna Simnett, Hito Steyerl, Martine Syms, Adam Thirlwell, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Eyal Weizman, Holly White and more


John P. Allen, Francis Alÿs, Kader Attia, Jimmie Durham, Satish Kumar, Rachel MacLean, Gustav Metzger, Fleur Melbourn, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and more