The annual series of music, theatre, performances, talks and film screenings staged on Friday nights in the Pavilion 2013 designed by Sou Fujimoto. This summer: a conversation between psychoanalyst Adam Phillips and Director of the New York Public Library's Public Programmes, Paul Holdengraber; performances by the artists George Henry Longly, Russell Haswell and Yasunao Tone; a screening of film works by Leslie Thornton accompanied by a conversation with artist James Richards.
Park Nights is an annual series of music, theatre, performances, talks and film screenings staged on Friday nights in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 designed by Sou Fujimoto.
This summer, Park Nights features a conversation between psychoanalyst Adam Phillips and Director of the New York Public Library's Public Programmes, Paul Holdengräber; performances by multidisciplinary artists Russell Haswell and Yasunao Tone in an evening curated by Haswell; a site-specific performance by artist George Henry Longly; and a screening of film works by Leslie Thornton accompanied by a conversation with artist James Richards.
Friday 26 July, 8pm: Adam Phillips and Paul Holdengräber
Friday 6 September, 8pm: Russell Haswell and Yasunao Tone
Friday 20 September, 8pm: George Henry Longly, GHL
Friday 27 September, 8pm: Leslie Thornton and James Richards
Adam Phillips and Paul Holdengräber
Friday 26 July, 8pm
Have you ever spent time imagining the 'other life' you could have lived? For this Park Night, psychoanalyst Adam Phillips, author of Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life and Paul Holdengräber, Director of LIVE from the NYPL at The New York Public Library, discuss the frustrations of growing up. Our deep belief in our unfulfilled potential is so profoundly rooted in childhood that, as Phillips considers in Missing Out, it comes to play a substantial role in our experience of life. Phillips proposes that our acceptance of this might itself be the key to leading a more satisfying life.
This Park Night continues the conversation between Adam Phillips and Paul Holdengräber that began in New York earlier this year. In the intimate context of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013, the audience has the unique chance to become a part of this ongoing dialogue.
Russell Haswell and Yasunao Tone
Friday 6 September, 8pm
Multidisciplinary artist Russell Haswell curates and performs an evening of sound with pioneering noise musician Yasunao Tone. Responding to the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013, the performance explores the structure through its resonances and reverberations.
George Henry Longly, GHL
Friday 20 September, 8pm
Artist George Henry Longly works across several media to explore issues in architecture, composition and design. For this Park Night, Longly creates a specially commissioned performance reflecting on the concept and structure of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013. Titled GHL, Longly's performance borrows from the structure of a fashion show.
Leslie Thornton and James Richards
Friday 27 September, 8pm
This Park Night invites artist Leslie Thornton to screen several of her acclaimed film works, in a programme specifically created for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013. The evening includes the UK première of her new film work, Luna. Following the screening, Thornton will be in conversation with artist James Richards, whose practice includes video, curation and exhibition design.
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 is designed by multi award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto.
He is the thirteenth and, at 41, youngest architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary structure for the Serpentine Gallery. The most ambitious architectural programme of its kind worldwide, the Serpentine's annual Pavilion commission is one of the most anticipated events on the cultural calendar. Past Pavilions have included designs by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012), Frank Gehry (2008), the late Oscar Niemeyer (2003) and Zaha Hadid, who designed the inaugural structure in 2000.
Widely acknowledged as one of the most important architects coming to prominence worldwide, Sou Fujimoto is the leading light of an exciting generation of artists who are re-inventing our relationship with the built environment. Inspired by organic structures, such as the forest, the nest and the cave, Fujimoto's signature buildings inhabit a space between nature and artificiality. Fujimoto has completed the majority of his buildings in Japan, with commissions ranging from the domestic, such as Final Wooden House, T House and House N, to the institutional, such as the Musashino Art Museum and Library at Musashino Art University.
Occupying some 350 square-metres of lawn in front of the Serpentine Gallery, Sou Fujimoto's delicate, latticed structure of 20mm steel poles will have a lightweight and semi-transparent appearance that will allow it to blend, cloud-like, into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the Gallery's colonnaded East wing. Designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space - with a café sited inside - visitors will be encouraged to enter and interact with the Pavilion in different ways throughout its four-month tenure in London's Kensington Gardens.
Fujimoto is the third Japanese architect to accept the invitation to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, following Toyo Ito in 2002 and Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA in 2009
Park Nights 2013 is sponsored by COS and supported by The Annenberg Foundation.
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