Garden Marathon

Elizabeth Diller, The High Line, New York, ? Iwan Baan

Saturday 15 October 12 noon -10pm
Sunday 16 October 11am - 9pm
£25/£20 (two day), £15/£10 (one day), available at the Serpentine Gallery Lobby Desk Or from, 08444 711 000

Contributions from key figures from multiple disciplines will include explorations of the spatial, urban and scientific importance of gardens to the significance of the garden in our experience of the world as well as cutting-edge research in biodiversity, conservation and genetics. Gardens have been a source of inspiration for artists, writers and poets such as Ian Hamilton Finlay whose permanent installation can be seen in the Gallery’s grounds.

Among the presentations American architect of Polish origin Elizabeth Diller will present her practice. Elizabeth Diller (b. 1954, Poland, Architect) is a founding member of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Diller attended the Cooper Union School of Art and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1979. Diller has been Associate Professor of Architecture at Princeton University since 1990.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Based in New York City, Diller Scofidio + Renfro is led by three founding partners who work collaboratively with a staff of 70 architects, artists and administrators. The firm was formed in 1979 and has received numerous grants and awards including: the Macarthur Fellows Programme; The Macdermott Award for Creative Achievement from MIT; and The Tiffany Award for Emerging Artists.
Key examples of inter-disciplinary architectural practice include Blur Building, 2002 and High Line, 2009.  The Blur Building was built for the Swiss Expo 2002 on Lake Neuchatel. It created an ethereal atmosphere by using water as its primary building material. Water was pumped from the lake below the structure. The water was then filtered, and shot as a fine mist through 31,500 high-pressure mist nozzles creating a man-made fog which enveloped the structure. A smart weather system read the shifting climactic conditions of temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, and processed the data in a central computer that regulated water pressure.
Upon entering the building, visitors’ visual and acoustic references were erased, leaving only an optical "white-out" and the "white-noise" of pulsing nozzles. The visitor was immersed in the architecture, becoming disorientated, as all sensory definition was overtaken by the man-made fog.
Most notably, Diller Scofidio + Renfro opened the High Line, a park in New York City built on a stretch of an abandoned elevated train viaduct 20 feet above the street in 2009. The High Line project was undertaken by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations. This landscaping was designed by Piet Oudolf, the Swiss landscape gardener who designed the hortus conclusus within the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011, designed by Peter Zumthor.
The Serpentine Gallery Garden Marathon is the sixth in the Gallery’s renowned Marathon series, an ambitious two-day event that takes place in London during Frieze Art Fair week. A live programme of continuous presentations by artists, writers, philosophers, scholars, musicians, architects, designers and scientists will take place in a specially constructed dome outside the Serpentine. The event is directly inspired by the acclaimed Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Peter Zumthor with Piet Oudolf’s garden at its centre.

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