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Park Nights Returns to the Serpentine Pavilion Supported by Cos for 5TH Year

This summer, fashion brand COS continues its commitment to art, design and creativity in the brand’s fifth consecutive year supporting the Serpentine Galleries‘ public performance series, Park Nights. This is a series that SEEN is looking forward to very much.


Park Nights hosts a special selection of live performances by compelling multidisciplinary artists invited from art, architecture, music, film, philosophy and technology to craft new, live works to be staged within the Serpentine Pavilion. For 2017, the Serpentine Pavilion will be designed by award-winning Burkinabé architect Francis Kéré and his Berlin based studio Kéré Architecture. The Pavilion will be designed to prioritise the movement of people and the gathering of communities to engender a sense of togetherness and connection to nature; concepts that seem more urgent than ever, given recent events in the capital.

There will be eight Park Nights for the 2017 season, taking place on selected Friday nights throughout the summer. The programme opened on 30th June with the US cinematographer and artist Arthur Jafa, who made his UK debut with the exhibition ‘A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions’ at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, on until 10th September.

Other confirmed Park Nights artists include Tamara Henderson, Eleanor Antin, Joseph Grigely, and Bouchra Ouizguen & company (as part of the Shubbak Festival), with a full list below and further names to be announced later in June.

Tamara Henderson
Tamara Henderson

COS Creative Director, Karin Gustafsson says of the partnership, “We are honoured to be able to partner with the Serpentine Galleries for a 5th year – a charitable institution at the forefront of creativity that remains of significant inspiration to us at COS. The Park Nights provide an influential platform for multidisciplinary artists to share their work and we are proud to support such a communal initiative.”

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of Serpentine Galleries says of the partnership, “The Serpentine’s Park Nights highlight the Pavilion’s defining role as a place of extraordinary encounters. This summer’s series of live events explores the potential for performance to gather people together through architecture, poetry, storytelling, theatre, art and dance – inspired by Francis Kéré, whose pavilion is designed around the motif of the tree as a central meeting point. We are so grateful that COS has, for the fifth year, supported this key strand of our programming and look forward to welcoming artists and audiences to the park.”

Yana Peel, CEO of Serpentine Galleries adds, “We are thrilled that our Park Nights will be partnered by COS for a fifth year running. Each performance is a unique commission, a dynamic and engaging experience for a wide-ranging audience of art enthusiasts and performance fans alike. Thank you COS for supporting this hugely rewarding project, in alignment with a summer of radical inclusion and unbridled innovation at the Serpentine Galleries.”

With both COS and Serpentine Galleries deeply embedded within the art and design communities, the collaboration has developed over the past five years to bring extraordinary encounters across a multitude of disciplines, all within the most visited architecture showcase in the world*. Every year, the mix of performances is balanced to appeal to a broad audience, bringing new and dynamic influences to the London cultural environment.

Friday 14th July, 8PM and 9:30pm
Choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen’s ‘Corbeaux’ is performed by ten women from Morocco and ten from London, brought together in a series of workshops to develop the piece. Presented in partnership with the Shubbak Festival 2017.

Bouchra Ouizguen
Bouchra Ouizguen

Friday 21st July, 8PM
Tamara Henderson’s ‘Seasons End: Out of Body’ is a choreography for film. Costumes will embody a language that the artist has conceived to a build an understanding of what it means to mourn.

Friday 18th August, 8PM
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 25th August, 8PM
Artist Shen Xin presents a live interpretation of her films that investigate moving image and performance through the scripted and the informative, examining how emotion, judgment, and ethics circulate within individual and collective subjects.

Shen Xin
Shen Xin

Friday 15th September, 8PM
Eleanor Antin presents a new reading and performance. 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.

Eleanor Antin Two Eleanors, 1973 Silver gelatin print mounted on board 11 x 14 inches Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
Eleanor Antin
Two Eleanors, 1973
Silver gelatin print mounted on board
11 x 14 inches
Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York

Friday 22nd September, 8PM
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.

DEU, Hambourg, 2016, Kunstverein Hamburg : exhibition of Joseph Grigely: "THE GREGORY BATTCOCK ARCHIVE", Copyright photo: Fred Dott, 2016
DEU, Hambourg, 2016, Kunstverein Hamburg : exhibition of Joseph Grigely: “THE GREGORY BATTCOCK ARCHIVE”, Copyright photo: Fred Dott, 2016

Serpentine Pavilion
Kensington Gardens
Hyde Park
W2 3XA


Images courtesy Serpentine Galleries.