18 October

12-3 pm

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Julia Peyton-Jones, Introduction
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Introduction
Gustav Metzger, Introduction
Cornelia Parker, Howl: A Tirade
Jonathan Baillie
Gilbert & George in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
James Bridle, What The Network Teaches
Jonathan Rosenhead, Climate Change and Extinction – A Racing Uncertainty
Marcus Du Sautoy, Death by Mathematics
Alessandro Bava, Dialogue between Nature and an Icelander

3-7 pm

Stewart Brand, John Brockman, Richard Prum and Hans Ulrich Obrist, De-Extinction
Molly Crockett, Helena Cronin, Jennifer Jacquet, Steve Jones and Chiara Marletto
Georgina Mace, Are We in the Midst of a Mass Extinction?
Richard Fortey, The Long and the Short Stories of Extinction
Jimmie Durham, The Family (read by Lucia Pietroiusti)
Etel Adnan, reading from The Arab Apocalypse
Joanne Kyger, read by Etel Adnan
Marguerite Humeau, Cleopatra ‘That Goddess’ Recital

7-10 pm

Mette Ingvartsen
Yve Laris Cohen, Ligusticum Porteri
Hetain Patel, beMovie 2.0
Susan Hiller, The Last Silent Movie
Adam Thirlwell and Daniel Kehlmann, Conversation with Thomas Bernhard
Jack Halberstam, On Being Late, and Other Short Essays on Becoming Ex-Human
Ed Atkins, Happy Birthday!! we sang

10 pm

Live Stream only on and EXTINCT.LY

Anna Zett, This Unwieldy Object


10 am

Gate Picturehouse, 87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ

London premiere of Seeds of Time, 2014, dir. Sandy McLeod
Free, booking required. To reserve a seat visit

12-3 pm

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Julia Peyton-Jones, Introduction
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Introduction
Cary Fowler and Sandy McLeod in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
James Thornton
Irma Boom in conversation with Alice Rawsthorn, The Book: A Case for Survival Shimabuku, Can you Clean a Fish?
Katja Novitskova, Neverending Story: Patterns of Survival and Expansion Curves Korakrit Arunanondchai, 2012-2014 (Trailers)
Trevor Paglen, From Fibre-Optic Beings to Fossils in the Sky
Elizabeth Povinelli, The Three Figures of Extinction

3-6 pm

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Eyal Sivan
Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, IWATCH my Future (The techno-media Utopia: pre-scription of our future life)
Federico Campagna, The Root of Extinction
Jesse Darling
Ed Atkins, reading W.S. Merwin, selected by William Gibson
Heman Chong, A Short Story about the End of the World
Martin Rees, Threats to Humanity; or, Will We Survive the Century?
Lisa Ma, Dilemmas

6-8 pm

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Chris Watson, Ring Angels
Jeremy Shaw, Quickeners (excerpt)
Sophia Al-Maria
Benedict Drew
Lily Cole, performing Yoko Ono’s Bell for Serpentine


Saturday 18th October, 12:00 - 22:00
Premiere of This Unwieldy Object: Saturday 18 October, 22:00, EXTINCT.LY live stream

Sunday 19th October, 12:00 - 20:00
Premiere of Seeds of Time: Sunday 19 October, 10am, Gate Picturehouse (click here for information)

On the weekend of 18th and 19th October the Serpentine Galleries present Extinction Marathon: Visions of the Future, the ninth in the Galleries' yearly Marathon series. More than sixty artists, writers, scientists, film-makers, choreographers, theorists and musicians explore the complex and timely topic of extinction through talks, conversations, performances and screenings.

Felt across the humanities and the sciences alike, the spectre of extinction looms over the ways in which we understand our being in the world today. Environmental degradation, atomic weapons, threats to communities and languages, global warming, economic collapses, natural catastrophes, life wiped out by genocide, disease and hunger – the constellation of topics around extinction is ever-expansive and as urgent now as ever before.

Both a reflexive overview and a call to action, the two-day event invites us to respond, together, to a changing world, addressing visions of the future in all their scientific, artistic and literary ramifications. The Extinction Marathon is programmed in collaboration with artist Gustav Metzger, whose work – including his Serpentine Gallery exhibition Decades 1959-2009 (2009) – addresses extinction and climate change.

Extinction Marathon: Visions of the Future is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects; artist Gustav Metzger; Jochen Volz, Head of Programmes; Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator, Public Programmes; Ben Vickers, Curator of Digital and Claude Adjil, Assistant Curator

Curatorial Assistants: Sarah Shattock, Lizzie Homersham, Joseph Constable and Bridie Hindle. Producer: Iain Pate, Technical Director: Kamal Ackarie

EXTINCT.LY produced by Ben Vickers, Kei Kreutler, Lizzie Homersham, Owen Lacey, David Rudnick and Raf Rennie

Live blog by Huw Lemmey