Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Serpentine Gallery Post Marathon October 13-14

During the Serpentine Gallery Marathon: London in July 2006, Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewed more than 70 protagonists of the London scene. Following the enormous success of this event, Post Marathon will feature live interviews with key figures about the influence of commerce on the cultural industry.

Post-Marathon live events at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion:

Friday 13 October 2006 6:30-7:30 p.m. Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist interview Jeff Koons

Saturday 14 October 2006 12 Noon-6 p.m. Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist will conduct a series of interviews
to key players and thinkers in the cultural and financial world.

Speakers include: Thomas Demand, Chris Dercon, Jimmie Durham and Maria Thereza Alves, Dan Graham, Zaha Hadid, Samuel Keller, Tobias Meyer, Sarah Morris, Miuccia Prada, Saskia Sassen, Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, Gayatri Chacrovati Spivak, Stephan Truby.

Post-Marathon is conceived as live research into the growing interest of investors and economic forces in the cultural industry - cultural studies, contemporary art and architecture in particular. New attitudes such as sponsorship of cultural events as a more efficient form of branding and advertising, management's use of critical theory, and the
interest of hedge funds and corporations in art collecting as a form of investment have recently changed the relationship between finance and culture.

Post-Marathon will address issues of power and the invisible laws governing the art market and the art world as well as the interaction between money, culture and creativity in a global perspective. The corporate and financial world and finance are capitalizing on culture not only with contemporary art acquisition, but also by rediscovering the key role of culture as well as western aesthetics in the globalised economy. More and more, business and industry is looking at art, architecture and
culture as a source for new inspiration. Is this interest shaping a new cultural and economic scenario? Why are the financial and business worlds interested in the previously disregarded cultural industries?

Post-Marathon purposely takes place during the Frieze Art Fair, a major event for art and for London that has changed the cultural landscape of the city. Such a background will be the perfect occasion to investigate the overlap and interaction between capital and culture. Post-Marathon will seek to consider the current situation and to identify new categories for the understanding of the changing role of culture in the global economy.

Tickets: Friday 13 October £5 (£3 concession), Saturday 14 October £10 (£8 concession), TicketWeb 08700 600100
www.ticketweb.co.uk, www.timeout.com/parknights, or at the Gallery Lobby Desk, Phone: 020 7402 6075
Press Enquiries: Tom Coupe, 020 7298 1528 tomc@serpentinegallery.org

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