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a landscape viewed from above, full of trees, shrubby grasslands and green paths or streams. the greens glow almost blue and the image looks tangled, alive and abstract; perhaps the colours have been altered to give it an otherwordly feeling

As It Was in the Beginning, Is Now, and Ever Shall Be

Biologist Scott F. Gilbert tells the story of life on Earth from the perspective of bacteria.

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Never Again Grenfell

Never Again Grenfell

An essay by sociologist and author Paul Gilroy, written to accompany Steve McQueen’s Grenfell.

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A view of a river in an industrial zone. It looks like we're in southern England from the willow trees and shrubs and reed lining the riverbank. Further off, you can see industrial buildings and electricity pylons. The image is framed by two pillars and a railing.

And I have come to listen in

Writer Priya Jay responds to the sounds of Radio Ballads by weaving together a series of reflections that are, by turn, poetic, raw and resonant.

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Being Present in Our Problems

Being Present in Our Problems

Sociologist Richard Sennett considers how collective actions and concerns can help us to counter politics of individualism and isolation.

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A mural in an outdoor space in front of a bed of plants. The painting is made up of colourful grids and lines.

Atta Kwami Playlist

A selection of music celebrating the artist Atta Kwami, to accompany his public mural at Serpentine.

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a highly colourful painting with pop-art influences, showing bright red, green, orange and yellow planes. grinning caricatured faces with brown skin and hats are shown, as well as the figure of a donkey and some structures.

Télémaque Paean

Dominican artist, poet, critic, and curator manuel arturo abreu pens two-part essay on the work of Haitian painter Hervé Télémaque.

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a large canvas in earthy tones showing many spherical forms and strips where parts of plants are caught up in swirls of leaves

Endless Connection: A Conversation on the Work of Kamala Ibrahim Ishag

Writer-filmmaker Atheel Elmalik and artist-architect Rayan Elnayal share responses to the work and world of Kamala Ibrahim Ishag.

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against a taupe-coloured background, a globular abstract form made of many components hovers. a mossy rock structure is at its core, with glossy magenta fluid and pale pink chalk colliding with it. glassy bubbles float around the scene, refracting the form. REWORLDING is written in white lettering across the centre of the image, distorted by a bubble.

Serpentine Podcast: REWORLDING

A podcast series that invites everyone to reimagine our world through everyday practices.

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on a white wall, a large painting with a sandy-coloured background showing an abstracted village community made up of dozens of small human figures with pinkish-red faces. they are arranged in cocoon-like positions and clusters, with dark brown lines resembling roots connecting them to dozens of trees

The Neighbourhood of the House of Wealth

In this short story brimming with life, Leila Aboulela animates the history of Bait Al-Mal, the childhood neighbourhood of Kamala Ibrahim Ishag.

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Serpentine Podcast

Bringing together the artists, writers and thinkers of our time to explore timely questions around technology, ecology and equality.

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Discover over 50 years of the Serpentine

From the architectural Pavilion and digital commissions to the ideas Marathons and research-led initiatives, explore our past projects and exhibitions.

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