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Serpentine Gallery Park Nights

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

LINTON Kwesi Johnson and Édouard Glissant will launch the 2007 Park Nights programme in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion on Friday, August 31, at 7pm.

Glissant, one of the greatest contemporary writers in France, will perform with the acclaimed dub poet Johnson in the first of the Gallery’s Friday late-night series in and around the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion which, this year, has been designed by the internationally acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson and the award-winning Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen, of the architectural practice Snøhetta.

The Pavilion will operate as a laboratory, with leading artists, architects, filmmakers, academics and scientists creating an environment of invention through a series of public experiments, screenings, performances and experimental films.

Visitors will also be able to see the exhibitions Hreinn Fridfinnsson (until September 2) and Matthew Barney (from September 20 to November 11) plus eat and drink at the Licensed Café, which is operated by Gail’s Limited, until 10pm.

Highlights of the programme include a weekend celebration of the work of writer and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet (5pm, September 15, Serpentine Gallery and 5pm, September 16, Institut Francais) with leading artists, film makers and architects.

Presented by Jean-Max Colard and Hans Ulrich Obrist, guests will include Michel Auder, Miriam Bäckström, Liam Gillick, Dan Graham, Carsten Höller, Runa Islam, Sarah Morris, Philippe Rahm and Cerith Wyn Evans. It will be followed by a premier screening of Robbe-Grillet’s 2006 film Gradiva (C’est Gradiva qui vous appelle).

On September 21, at 7pm, to mark the opening of his exhibition in the Gallery, Matthew Barney, one of the most celebrated artists of his generation, will choose three of his films which will be screened in the Pavilion and followed by a special ‘in conversation’ with the artist about his work.

Following the success of last year’s legendary 24-Hour interview marathon, the Serpentine has conceived a two-part Serpentine Gallery Experiment Marathon – the first in the Pavilion during the Frieze Art Fair, the second in Berlin in November. The London event will begin at 12 noon, on Friday, October 13.

Finally, public experiments focusing on sound (7pm, September 7), colour (7pm, October 5) and the experience of space (7pm, September 28) will investigate ideas that include vibration and sound through architecture. Taking part will be Olafur Eliasson, David Batchelor, Russell Haswell, Florian Hecker, Hans Johannson, Kaffe Matthews, Isreal Rosenfield, Kjetil Thorsen and Pae White.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2.

Nearest Tube: South Kensington or Lancaster Gate.

Times: Daily from 10am to 6pm; Fridays from 10am to 10pm.

Admission: Free.

For more information call 020 7298 1515 (recorded information) or visit the website.