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The Map Marathon

Royal Geographical Society, London

The multi-dimensional Map Marathon features non-stop live presentations by over 50 artists, poets, writers, philosophers, scholars, musicians, architects, designers and scientists. It explores all forms of mapping, of data, space and time, multiple dimensions, language and the body. The event uncovers the influence and possibilities of mapping in our world today.

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Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist

The Serpentine Gallery presents the fifth event in its acclaimed Marathon series on 16 and 17 October. The multi-dimensional Map Marathon will feature non-stop live presentations by over 50 artists, poets, writers, philosophers, scholars, musicians, architects, designers and scientists. This ambitious two-day event takes place in London during Frieze Art Fair week.

The Serpentine Gallery Map Marathon will bring together an unprecedented group from diverse fields to showcase possible maps for the coming decade. The Map Marathon will explore all forms of mapping, of data, space and time, multiple dimensions, language and the body. The event will uncover the influence and possibilities of mapping in our world today.

The Internet has brought maps of every kind into our daily lives. Maps have become easier to create, change, develop collaboratively and share. Depicting geographical areas, mindscapes and digital realms alike, these multidimensional maps express endlessly interconnected ideas and issues.


Saturday 16 October

12pm – 5pm

Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist Introduction
Julia Peyton-Jones From A to B
Luigi Ontani AuroboruSerpentine
Richard Hamilton and Eyal Weizman Political Plastic
Peter Barber in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
Ai Weiwei
Tim Robinson/Folding Landscapes A Distressed Map of the Aran Islands
Tania Kovats All the islands of all the oceans arranged alphabetically
Eric Rodenbeck More Exuberant Cartography
Aaron Koblin Re-Embodied Data: Mapping the Unseeable
Mariana Castillo Deball and Amalia Pica Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure
Janice Kerbel with Colin Stinton Ballgame
Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa A Conversation with Dr. Stephanie Lawler
Rosi Braidotti Cartographies of the Present
Jacques Roubaud Main mnémonique (Mnemonic Hand)
Claude Parent and Nathanael Dorent Impérative migration
Annemarie Sauzeau Alighiero Boetti’s Mapping of the World over 25 Years

5pm – 10pm

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
Etel Adnan Reading from The Arab Apocalypse
Gilbert & George Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Adriano Pedrosa Seção de Mapas, Coleção Paulo A. W. Vieira, Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo
Russell Hoban The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz, read by Eleanor Bron, followed by a conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
Marina Abramović Body Maps
Mona Hatoum Mappings
Timothy Taylor/Krysztina Tautendorfer with Tom Frankland Artificial Ape: Artifice
Suzanne Lacy Prostitution Notes (from a 1974 performance)
Matt Mullican
Cerith Wyn Evans Carte du monde politique/poétique for pianoforte
Anri Sala Maps of found future
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Backwards Spiral

Sunday 17 October

12pm – 5pm

Marcus du Sautoy Mathematical Maps
Adam Chodzko The wrong map. Or, how to pass yourself returning, ocean currents, and missing feet
David Rowan and Hal Bertram When Data Meets Maps: How Datavisualisation is Changing the World
John Brockman with Lewis Wolpert and Armand Leroi EDGE Panel
Marine Hugonnier Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
Kader Attia Anarchitecture or Democrature?
Joost Grootens More matter, with less art
C. E. B. Reas Process Compendium 2004-2010
David Adjaye African Metropolitan Architecture
Pancho Guedes My Islands
Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri let me make an example
Artur Barrio Sem – Sub, 2008—2010 (L : S 12º53'06".1 G : W 38º 41' 39".0, Documentation-REGISTRO in submarine video)
Michael Craig-Martin Maps and Thoughts
Nanni Balestrini and Morgan Bennett Balestrini ENOUGH DOGS


Amar Kanwar
Simon Fujiwara Mapping the Frozen City
Pedro Reyes Palas por pistolas, 2007—
Julieta Aranda The un-mappable: Breadcrumb trails
Oraib Toukan Talking Heads and/or Other Matters
Susan Hiller
Céline Condorelli “Il n'y a Plus Rien" (There is Nothing Left)
John Akomfrah Archaeologies of Desire: Alterity and Narrative Space
Goldin+Senneby Headless: Hans Ulrich Obrist Interviews Angus Cameron (Spokesperson of Goldin+Senneby)
Marwan Rechmaoui
Claire Hooper The Genealogy of Nyx
Katie Paterson Streetlight Storm
Dimitar Sasselov
Mathew Sawyer Venn diagram for the world
Adrián Villar Rojas Songs During the War

With contributions by:
Mike Cooter
Anish Kapoor
CRASH! Scott King and Matthew Worley
Jürg Lehni and Alex Rich Reminder
Klara Lidén
Mateo López By Heart / Hecho a Mano (Handmade)

And maps from the EDGE community by:
John Baldessari
Tim Berners-Lee
Sean Carroll
Joan Chiao
Nicholas Christakis & John Fowler
James Croak
Emanuel Derman
George Dyson
Daniel Everett
Joel Gold
Cesar Hidalgo
Bryan Hunt
Jennifer Jacquet
Kai Krause
Armand Leroi
Mark Pagel
Carlo Ratti
Gianluigi Ricuperati
Matthew Ritchie
Douglas Rushkoff
Karl Sabbagh
Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán
Gino Segre
Laurence C. Smith
Bruce Sterling
J. Craig Venter
Lewis Wolpert

View the Serpentine Gallery's previous marathons, including the Manifesto Marathon, the Poetry Marathon and the Experiment Marathon

This is the fifth in the annual series of Serpentine Gallery Marathons. Conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Gallery Marathons are a unique and innovative series of events that challenge notions of art, culture, science, technology, and methods of public discourse and debate. The first Marathon, Interview Marathon, 2006, featured interviews with leading figures in contemporary culture over 24 hours. This was followed by Experiment Marathon, 2007, Manifesto Marathon, 2008, and Poetry Marathon, 2009.

Many of the maps presented in this year’s Marathon and the discussion they provoke will be included in a forthcoming book to be published by Thames & Hudson in 2011.

Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore, London. SW7 2RA
£25/£20 (two day)
£15/£10 (one day)

The Map Marathon
dal 15/10/2010 al 16/10/2010

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