Summer Nights

Avant-garde pop and a puppet Elon Musk perform at the 2018 Serpentine Gallery Park Nights

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Serpentine Pavilion 2018, designed by Frida Escobedo (Iwan Baan)
Serpentine Pavilion 2018, designed by Frida Escobedo (Iwan Baan)

The Frida Escobedo-designed 2018 Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens, London, may have already opened earlier this month, but the excitement is far from over. The Serpentine Gallery has launched Park Nights 2018, a nighttime series of imaginative and interdisciplinary events that feature eight international artists interacting with the pavilion. The performances will run between July and September, and the pavilion is open through October 7.

Victoria Sin performing in collaboration with Auto Italia South East at Open Codes, 2017, ZKM, Karlsruhe. (Courtesy Felix Grünschloß/ ZKM)

The series kicks off with Victoria Sin, an interdisciplinary artist who uses “speculative fiction” in her performances that incorporate movies and writing. Her Serpentine project will feature poetry, drag, science fiction, and a Shy One-produced soundtrack. Her performance will take participants through a discovery of “the often unsettling experience of the physical within the social body.”

Kamasi Washington (Durimel)

Kamasi Washington will perform next. Washington is a music producer and composer who works with saxophone and other instruments. Together with his band, he will improvise a music experience that engages the crowd and the environment.

TELFAR (Courtesy TELFAR Studio)

Unisex fashion line TELFAR is the next presenter. The Telfar Clemens-founded, gender-non-conforming clothing line will develop experiments that blend style and music. They will collaborate with South African band FAKA and a choir on vocal music to accompany the display of their latest S/S19 collection.

Yaeji, 2018. (Lydo Le)

Yaeji, a Korean-American artist who works with hip-hop and avant-garde pop, follows with her dance and electronic-music-inspired sound performance. During her show, the audience will be blindfolded and submerged in an echoing environment of experimental music.

Megan Rooney, f on your tongue, 2016. Commissioned by LUMA foundation for Project 1049, Gstaad. (Courtesy Project 1049)

Enigmatic storyteller Megan Rooney will occupy the pavilion with “movement, words and sound.” The performance titled SUN DOWN MOON UP presents female magpies “invading” Mount Athos, bringing up topics of human invention in nature.

Pedro Reyes, View of the making of “Baby Marx,” Mexico City, Mexico, 2008. (Emilio Valdés)

Sculptor Pedro Reyes’s “science-fiction-comedy” puppet play will conclude the series. The show will interpret real-life characters such as American linguist Noam Chomsky, Russian-American writer Ayn Rand, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The drama will touch on the hidden dangers of technological advancements.

Check out this link for tickets.

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