Work Marathon 2018


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Royal Geographical Society 1 Kensington Gore Kensington London SW7 2AR


Serpentine Galleries


Event Information

September 22, 2018
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Tickets available via Ticketweb

10am-10pm: The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
11am-4pm: Interventions in and around the Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Frida Escobedo
The Serpentine Podcast: On Work: Subscribe on iTunes

The 2018 Work Marathon explores issues including technological developments enabling automation; its impact on labour and work; the political urgencies of coerced and invisible labour; the differentiation between labour, employment and work; and the role of non-human agents, including artificial intelligence, non-human animals and materials, in the context of planetary-scale ecologies. This year’s Marathon builds on the 2017’s GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! Marathon, which focused on artificial intelligence and questions of consciousness.

The Work Marathon is conceived in collaboration with Professor Bernard Stiegler who will gather experts from around the world to consider economics for an age of environmental crisis, looking to reduce the human footprint on the planet and reverse the phenomenon of entropy that seems endemic to capital. With Stiegler’s advice, the Work Marathon has the goal of contributing to the writing of a manifesto, the first version of which will be issued on September 23rd, with the definitive version being sent to the United Nations, in Geneva, on January 10th, 2020 – the centenary anniversary of the League of Nations.

Participants include: Dani Admiss, Amal Alhaag, Anne Alombert, Sara Baranzoni, David Berry, Mark Boyle, Marija Bozinovska Jones, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Lily Cole, Beatriz Colomina, Stella Creasy, Mark Cousins, Adam Curtis, Rana Dasgupta, Aria Dean, Julien Dossier, Marcus du Sautoy, Divya Dwivedi, Cao Fei, Peter Fischli, Noel Fitzpatrick, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Formafantasma, Fernando García-Dory, GCC, Anna Bella Geiger, Giacomo Gilmozzi, Gaël Giraud, Goldin + Senneby, Jon Gray, Miranda Hall, Madeline Hollander, Frances Holliss, Yuk Hui, Anne Imhof, Anab Jain, Josh Kline, Olivier Landau, Le Grand Jäger, Helen Lewis, Giuseppe Longo, Glenn Loughran, Patricia MacCormack, Justin McGuirk, Shaj Mohan, Maël Montévil, Gerald Moore, Clément Morlat, Richard Mosse, Farshid Moussavi, Oscar Murillo, Simone Niquille, Precious Okoyomon, Yoko Ono, Wilson Oryema, Marina Otero Verzier, Nina Power, Vincent Puig, Venkatesh Rao, Pedro Reyes, Daniel Ross, Saskia Sassen, Susan Schuppli, Emily Segal, Jack Self, Nick Srnicek, Patrick Staff, Bernard Stiegler, Alain Supiot, Jamie Susskind, James Suzman, Territorial Agency, Cassie Thornton, Phoebe Tickell, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Noam Toran, Paolo Vignola, Marina Vishmidt, Jamie Woodcock, Nil Yalter and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

In advance of the Work Marathon, the series The Serpentine Podcast: On Work, released on, discusses topics connected to the Marathon. The first three episodes, presented by Victoria Sin with Lucia Pietroiusti, are produced in collaboration with the Design Museum, London, Furtherfield, London and WORK, BODY, LEISURE (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam)Subscribe via iTunes

The Work Marathon is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries; Claude Adjil, Associate Curator; Live Programmes; Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator, General Ecology; Kostas Stasinopoulos, Assistant Curator, Live Programmes; Ben Vickers, CTO and Kay Watson, Digital Curator.

Core Advisory Team: Dani Admiss, Alex Anikina, Daniel Ben-Chorin, Lizzie Carey-Thomas, Ruth Catlow, Lily Cole, Steffi Czerny, Marcus du Sautoy, Luba Elliot, Jefferson Hack, Hannah Kaye, Amal Khalaf, Matt McAllester, Justin McGuirk, Marina Otero Verzier, Stephen Peel, Yana Peel, Alice Rawsthorn, Bernard Stiegler, Phoebe Tickell andSumitra Upham.

Curatorial Assistants: Caterina Avataneo and Tamar Clarke-Brown. Producers: Kamal Ackarie and Holly Shuttleworth. Podcasts produced by Jessie Lawson and Jack Howson (Reduced Listening).

The 2018 Work Marathon is supported by The Hayden Family FoundationKaren RothDLDPictet GroupInstituto Inclusartiz and Intelligence Squared. Additional support is provided by Goethe-Institut, London.


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GradCAM at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia


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Our everyday lives are becoming increasingly entangled with data technologies. The Irish Pavilion addresses the utopian fantasy of the Cloud, as a romantic metaphor: The cloud is material. By foregrounding the physicality of data infrastructure and its impact on the environment the pavilion hopes to both reframe how we understand data production and its impact on everyday life.The 2021 Irish Pavilion exhibition, Entanglement, at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of LaBiennale di Venezia, will explore the materiality of data, and the interwoven human, environmental and cultural impacts of communication technologies. The exhibition will highlight how data production and consumption territorialise the physical landscape, and examine Ireland’s place in the pan-national evolution of data infrastructure.Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council and the exhibition in2021 will be curated by Annex, a collective of architects, artists, and urbanists. Entanglement responds to the theme selected by the curators of the Biennale Architettura 2021, How will we live together? The exhibition aims to raise awareness about the materiality of the global internet and Cloud services, which is interwoven with the Irish landscape – made manifest through the vast constellation of data centres, fibre optic cable networks, and energy grids that have come to populate its cities and suburbs over recent decades.

Ireland plays a significant historical role in the evolution of global communications and data infrastructure.In 1866, the world’s first commercially successful transatlantic telegraph cable landed on the West coast ofIreland. In 1901, the inventor of the radio Guglielmo Marconi transmitted some of the world’s first wireless radio messages from Ireland across the Atlantic Ocean to Newfoundland. Today, Dublin has overtakenLondon as the data centre hub of Europe, hosting 25% of all available European server space. And by the year 2027, data centres are forecast to consume a third of Ireland’s total electricity demand.

Entanglement draws from both contemporary and historical data storage artefacts as building blocks to form the structure of the pavilion. These artefacts are assembled in a campfire formation, referencing this primitive architectural space where early human civilisations formed alliances, built social networks and eventually developed complex societies. The pavilion asserts that from the burning of campfire logs to the management of waste heat generated by contemporary data infrastructure, the production and distribution of information is intrinsically connected to the production and distribution of heat.

By foregrounding these thermodynamic processes as a link between the architectures of the campfire and the data centre, the pavilion speculates on the relationship between these forms and how diverse communities converge around them in the past and into the future. Entanglement invites its audience to experience this thermal logic themselves through real-time thermographic imaging technologies that juxtapose key sites associated with data infrastructure in Ireland with traces of human activity in the Arsenale.


Drone thermographic image of agricultural land in Ireland, highlighting the heat generated from data infrastructure. © ANNEX

Drone thermographic image of agricultural land in Ireland, highlighting the heat generated from data infrastructure.


These complex series of energy-intensive thermal transformations in the pavilion presents an immersive and performative visitor experience from illustrating the extent to which people are producing, consuming and disseminating data across the globe, to bringing transparency to the local and planetary scale of data infrastructure networks; for example, how a Facebook ‘like’ in Malaysia can trigger the emission of heat from a server on the outskirts of Dublin.


From top left to right, Donal Lally (GradCAM), Alan Butler (artist) , Clare Lyster (Illinois University), Sven Anderson (GradCAM), David Capener (GradCAM) and Fiona McDermott (Trinity College)

From top left to right, Donal Lally (GradCAM), Alan Butler (artist) , Clare Lyster (Illinois University), Sven Anderson (GradCAM), David Capener (GradCAM) and Fiona McDermott (Trinity College)


Annex is an international multidisciplinary research and design collective, comprised of a core team of architects, artists, and urbanists, whose work operates between and beyond the subject areas of computer science, gaming platforms, technology and public space, data centres, sensor technology, and large technical systems. Members include Sven Anderson, Alan Butler, David Capener, Donal Lally, Clare Lyster and FionaMcDermott.

Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council and in 2021 thepavilion also has the support of: The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media;Royal Institute of Architects Ireland; TU Dublin School of Creative Arts; TU Dublin Graduate School ofCreative Arts and Media; Trinity College Dublin; CONNECT Research Centre for Future Networks andCommunications; University of Illinois at Chicago, Creative Activity Award; Valentia Slate, ARUP, Office ofPublic Works and Green on Red Gallery.

Irish Pavilion Sponsors

Irish Pavilion Sponsors



May 22 (Saturday) 1:00 am - November 21 (Sunday) 1:00 am


30122 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

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