London | United Kingdom
Each year the world famous Serpentine Gallery hosts a programme called Park Nights. The Serpentine Gallery’s Park Nights 2018 will see a series of experimental and interdisciplinary encounters with eight international artists each responding to the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion. This year’s Pavilion is the creation of award-winning architect Frida Escobedo.
The Serpentine Gallery’s Park Nights 2018 programme will run from 13 Jul 2018 – 8:00 PM to 21 Sep 2018 – 10:00 PM. Established in 2002, the annual Park Nights has commissioned artists in art, philosophy, dance, theatre, music and film to create ‘site-specific work’. These works are created in the summer Pavilion of the Serpentine Gallery and by doing so creates an immersive way of experiencing the performance and architecture.
Serpentine Gallery’s Park Nights 2018 Programme
Friday 13 July | 8pm – Dorothy Iannone
Dorothy Iannone presents Movie People Perpetual Performance, an evening based on her ongoing Movie People project, featuring a series of wooden cut-out characters that originated in the 1960s. Assembling all her Movie People together for the first time, Iannone accompanies them with stories of unconditional loves and lovers who sacrifice their own happiness or even their own lives for the sake of their beloved.
Friday 20 July | 9pm – Meriem Bennani
Meriem Bennani, with musician and composer Flavien Berger, devises a live virtual dance battle, integrating motion-capture technology, 3D animation and a digital avatar entitled Avatar Idol. This freestyle dance-off traces the artist’s interlaced focus on the vernacular and traditional representation of North-African culture and globalised popular culture.
Friday 27 July | 8pm – Victoria Sin
Drawing from seminal works of social science fiction and reflective, speculative encounters of looking and wanting, Victoria Sin presents a character’s journey through fictional locations, exploring transformational narratives in the often unsettling experience of the physical within the social body.
Friday 3 August | 8pm – Kamasi Washington
Following the release of his anticipated second album, Heaven and Earth, celebrated saxophonist, composer and producer Kamasi Washington and his band come together for a dynamic, improvisational performance that opens the door to a music experience unlike anything heard before.
Friday 10 August | 8pm – TELFAR
Founded in 2005, unisex fashion line TELFAR was ignored by the mainstream fashion press for a decade due to its non-racial/non-gendered vision of fashion. Since winning the 2017 Vogue/CFDA fashion fund, TELFAR has been developing a mode of presentation based on musical collaborations that emphasise what is collectively owned and essentially human in style and music. TELFAR is working with South African band FAKA on an all vocal performance featuring a choir and a preview of their SS19 collection.
Friday 7 September | 8pm – Yaeji
Yaeji performs an original work exploring the connectivity of her musical influences with UK dance and electronic music through deconstructed and recontextualised compositions. The audience will be blindfolded and accompanied by an immersive sound system.
Friday 14 September | 8pm – Megan Rooney
Megan Rooney uses the Pavilion as a site for storytelling, filling it with movement, words and sound. SUN DOWN MOON UP, a performance about a group of female magpies that invade Mount Athos, explores metaphors of nature, the human subject and the boundaries of a forbidden space.
Friday 21 September | 8pm – Pedro Reyes
Manufacturing Mischief is a puppet-play by Pedro Reyesin which the protagonist, Noam Chomsky, finds an antagonist in the toxic individualism of Ayn Rand. Other characters include Elon Musk and Steve Jobs, who are blind to the human costs of their techno utopias.