Park Nights 2017

Various locations, London, United Kingdom

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 20:00 to Friday, September 22, 2017 - 20:00

The Serpentine Galleries announces a new summer of Park Nights, its annual series of experimental and interdisciplinary encounters, sited in the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion designed by the award-winning architect Francis Kéré. 

Practitioners in the fields of art, music, film, philosophy and technology have been commissioned to create new, site-specific work in response to the Serpentine’s renowned annual architecture commission, offering unique ways of experiencing architecture and performance.

This year’s Park Nights will see artists and other practitioners respond to Francis Kéré’s Pavilion, which is inspired by the role of the tree in the landscape. Francis Kéré’s structure encourages gathering under shelter and fosters a connection with nature. In response, each evening will examine the flow and movement of people, both in the space and within social contexts.

Park Nights 2017 commences with cinematographer and artist Arthur Jafa, who will host an evening in response to his summer exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions (8 June-10 September 2017).

Other participants for 2017 include dancer and choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen and Company, whose piece Corbeaux is an intense performance that interrupts and takes possession of public spaces, and is drawn from Persian literature from 9th – 11th Century. Artist Tamara Henderson enlivens her anthropomorphic sculptures in a filmed choreography that incorporates costume, scents and potions. Black Quantum Futurism explore ways that marginalised communities can survive in a high tech world. Artist Shen Xin presents a live interpretation of her films, examining individual and collective emotion, judgment and ethics. Pioneering performance artist Eleanor Antin makes a rare London appearance with a solo reading and performance exploring concepts of the body. Deaf artist and writer Joseph Grigely presents an evening focused on language and speaking without sound. 

The Serpentine Gallery will be open until 8pm on selected evenings when Park Nights events are being held in the Pavilion - see individual Park Night events for more details. The Serpentine Sackler Gallery will also be open until 7.30pm on Friday 30 June to accompany Arthur Jafa's Park Night event.


Friday 30 June, 8pm
Arthur Jafa 
The cinematographer and artist hosts an evening in response to his summer exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions.

Friday 14 July, 8pm. 930pm
Bouchra Ouizguen
Corbeaux is performed by ten women from Morocco and ten from London, brought together in a series of workshops to develop the work and presented in partnership with the Shubbak Festival 2017. 

Friday 21 July, 8pm
Tamara Henderson
Seasons End: Out of Body is a choreography for film and celebratory plot, one in which costumes, animated by each character’s own breath, embody a language that the artist has conceived to build an understanding of what it means to mourn. 

Friday 18 Augst, 8pm
Black Quantum Futurism 
Black Quantum Futurism is an interdisciplinary collaboration exploring the intersections of futurism, creative media, DIY-aesthetics, and activism in marginalised communities. BQF focuses on developing practices and temporal technologies for survival in a “high-tech” world dominated by oppressive, fatalistic linear time constructs.

Friday 25 August, 8pm
Shen Xin
Artist Shen Xin presents a live interpretation of her film, Provocation of the Nightingale, that investigates moving image and performance through the scripted and the informative, examining how emotion, judgment, and ethics circulate within individual and collective subjects.

Friday 15 September, 8pm
Eleanor Antin
Eleanor Antin presents a new performance reading based on three of her books: Conversations with Stalin, An Artist’s Life: Eleanora Antinova, and Being Antinova. Her one-woman exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and her retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As a performance artist she has appeared in venues around the world including the Venice Biennale and the Sydney Opera House.

Friday 22 September, 8pm
Joseph Grigely
The deaf artist and writer Joseph Grigely presents Blueberry Surprise, a play for three voices that is based on written conversations with hearing people, ranging from the ordinary to the obscene.

United Kingdom
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA
Serpentine Gallery, London, Greater London, W2 3XA