Iwan Baan

COS is proud to support Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2017, a series of events on art, dance, film and technology programmed for the new Serpentine Pavilion designed by award-winning architect Francis Kéré.

Inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point in his home town of Gando in Burkina Faso, Francis Kéré has designed a responsive Pavilion that seeks to connect its visitors to nature and each other. Mimicking a tree’s canopy, the expansive roof allows air to circulate freely while offering shelter, and in case of rain an oculus funnels any water that collects on the roof into a spectacular waterfall that will later irrigate the surrounding park.

This year’s Park Nights series takes place on selected Friday evenings from 30th June until 22nd September and features site-specific events by a range of international artists, choreographers and filmmakers.


Park Night 1
Friday 30 June, 8pm

Cinematographer and artist Arthur Jafa hosts an evening in response to his summer exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions.


Love is the Message, The Message is Death (still), 2016 Courtesy:
The Artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise (New York / Rome)


Park Night 2
Friday 14 July, 8pm and 9.30pm

Choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen’s Corbeaux brings together ten women from Morocco and ten from London to perform a new piece developed through a series of workshops. In partnership with Shubbak Festival 2017.


Bouchra Ouizguen, Ha! Photo by Hasnae El Ouraga


Park Night 3
Friday 21 July, 8pm

Artist Tamara Henderson’s Seasons End: Out of Body is a choreographed procession that uses costumes and fabrics to evoke a language of mourning in a new performance for the Pavilion.


Tamara Henderson, Seasons End. 2016. Installation view at The Mitchell Library, commissioned
by Glasgow International. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Ruth Clark


Park Night 4
Friday 18 August, 8pm

Black Quantum Futurism is an interdisciplinary collaboration exploring the intersections of futurism, creative media, DIY-aesthetics, and activism in marginalised communities.


Black Quantum Futurism


Park Night 5
Friday 25 August, 8pm

Artist Shen Xin presents a live interpretation of her films that investigate moving image and performance. Shen examines how emotion, judgment, and ethics circulate within individual and collective subjects.


Shen Xin, Strongholds, 2016. Courtesy the artist.


Park Night 6
Friday 15 September, 8pm

Pioneering performance artist Eleanor Antin presents a new reading and performance.


"Here" from The King of Solana Beach (life performance), 1974-75 Courtesy of the artist and
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York


Park Night 7
Friday 22 September, 8pm

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 mundane to the obscene.


Joseph Grigely White Noise, 2000 © Courtesy Air de Paris / Photo: Rémi Villaggi-Metz


Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
W2 3XA

30 June – 22 September 2017
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