London Summer Fun! Kensington Gardens. Serpentine Park Nights 2014

London Summer Fun! Kensington Gardens. Serpentine Park Nights 2014
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London Summer Fun! Serpentine’s Pavilion becomes cinema, theatre, debating chamber, film set, experimental sound lab and concert venue for Park Nights events.

Selected Fridays from 27 June – 3 October 2014. London summer fun!

London Summer Fun! Kensington Gardens. Serpentine Park Nights 2014

Heather Phillipson

“The Serpentine Pavilion, like the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, is a source of ever-changing inspiration and interest.” Evening Standard.

Between June and October 2014, the Serpentine Galleries presents Park Nights, an annual series of live art events, poetry, music, film, literature and performance that takes place on selected Friday evenings in the Serpentine Pavilion 2014, designed by architect Smiljan Radic. Park Nights forms part of the Serpentine’s Summer programme for its expanded campus in Kensington Gardens, including Marina Abramović: 512 Hours at the Serpentine Gallery, Ed Atkins at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, the Serpentine Pavilion, Rock on Top of Another Rock by Fischli/Weiss, the Bridge Commission Audio Walks and AGNES , the Serpentine’s first digital commission.

This Summer, Park Nights features three new artist commissions: a new performance film by Hannah Perry; Heather Phillipson’s live audio sculpture in response to the architecture of the Pavilion and Lina Lapelyte’s exploration with base female voices. An evening of experimental sound with Haroon Mirza, Mark Fell and Okkyung Lee, in collaboration with Fiorucci Art Trust; a Homage to Chilean film-maker Raúl Ruiz with actor Melvil Poupaud, producer Paulo Branco and director Valeria Sarmiento; Ed Atkins’s ancient Greek-style symposium, complete with dreaming, drinking and singing; and a talk by leading sociologist Zygmunt Bauman.

The Park Nights series starts on Friday 27 June with a conversation with Pavilion architect Smiljan Radic, followed by a talk from Justin McGuirk about contemporary architecture in Latin America.

London Summer Fun! Kensington Gardens. Serpentine Park Nights 2014

London Summer Fun! Kensington Gardens. Serpentine Park Nights 2014

Friday 27 June, 8pm.
Public Talk: Pavilion 2014: Smiljan Radic in conversation with Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist; talk by Justin McGuirk
Booking essential £7/£6
Part of the London Festival of Architecture
Smiljan Radic, the architect of the 2014 Pavilion Commission, discusses the concepts behind his design. Occupying a footprint of some 350 square metres, the Pavilion depicts a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure, designed to resemble a shell, resting on large quarry stones. This conversation will be followed by a talk by writer and curator Justin McGuirk, who presents research that informed his new publication, Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture (Verso Books, June 2014), which Richard Sennett hailed as “provocative and beautifully crafted”.

Friday 11 July, 8pm.
Ed Atkins, Synonyms: Five or six noise-making rifts
Booking essential £5/£4
This Park Night, devised by artist Ed Atkins on the occasion of his exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, harks back to the original Greek meaning of symposium ­ or ‘drinking party’ – which was the setting for debates and encounters most famously exemplified by Socratic dialogues. In this spirit of conviviality, Atkins convenes an evening of talks, readings, singing, screenings, performance, drinking, dreaming and thinking. A full list of participants will be released in June.

Friday 25 July, 8pm.
Of Pirates and Disappearances: A Homage to Raúl Ruiz
Booking essential £5/£4
Chilean film-maker Raúl Ruiz (1941-2011), considered one of the most exciting and innovative figures to emerge from 1960s cinema, was a prolific director, writer and teacher, whose oeuvre is rarely available to English-speaking audiences. This Park Night brings together French actor Melvil Poupaud, who appeared in Ruiz’s 1983 film, City of Pirates, Ruiz’s long-time collaborator Paulo Branco and Ruiz’s wife and fellow director Valeria Sarmiento. Other participants include essayist and philosopher Andrés Claro and poet Waldo Rojas. With special screenings, music, talks, readings and food, all inspired by Ruiz’s work, the evening launches the Raúl Ruiz Weekend and will be followed by two screenings at the Gate Picturehouse on 26 July and Hackney Picturehouse on 27 July.

Friday 22 August, 8pm.
Forget Amnesia with Haroon Mirza, Mark Fell and Okkyung Lee, in collaboration with Fiorucci Art Trust
Booking essential £5/£4
Artists Haroon Mirza, Mark Fell and Okkyung Lee come together for an evening of sound and light synthesis, transforming the Pavilion’s acoustic and spatial environment. This Park Night is programmed in collaboration with Fiorucci Art Trust on the occasion of the Trust’s festival Forget Amnesia in Stromboli, Italy, curated by Mirza and Milovan Farronato.

Friday 29 August, 8pm.
Lina Lapelyte, Hunky Bluff
Booking essential £5/£4
For her Park Nights commission, artist and composer Lina Lapelyte devises a new work for a specially selected, all-female choir with low voices. Arranging arias originally sung by castrato singers, as well as composing new material, in this performance Lapelyte reflects upon femininity and gender as well as the role of the castrato.

Friday 12 September, 8pm.
Hannah Perry, Horoscopes (Déjà vu)
Booking essential £5/£4
Hannah Perry is an artist working mainly in installation, print and video. Inspired by her editing practice, Perry will produce a new, site-specific work, which will result in the unfolding pace of a performance film, with all its jolts, stirs and jump-cuts. Perry graduated from Goldsmiths in 2009 and is currently a student at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Friday 19 September, 8pm.
Zygmunt Bauman
Booking essential £5/£4
Zygmunt Bauman, sociologist and professor at University of Leeds (Emeritus Professor since 1990), is best known for his analyses of the links between modernity and the Holocaust and of postmodern consumerism. His seminal book, Liquid Modernity (2000), has come to redefine our understanding of agency, individuality and uncertainty in the 21st century. Following his talk, Bauman will be in conversation with Serpentine Galleries Co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Friday 3 October, 8pm.
Heather Phillipson
Booking essential £5/£4
Heather Phillipson presents a live audio-sculptural event, squeezed around the Pavilion’s architecture, that will insert voices, bodies and live and pre-recorded music into the structure’s orifices and recesses. Phillipson ignites the Pavilion’s visual and sonic axes with a one-night-only poetic oddity. An award-winning poet, Phillipson’s recent solo exhibitions and events have taken place at Tate Britain, Bunker259 (New York), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Whitechapel Gallery, the ICA and include a video commission for Channel 4 television.

Park Nights
Fridays 8pm,
Serpentine Galleries Pavilion
London summer fun. Booking essential £5/£4 via ticketweb.co.uk

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