The Serpentine Gallery Garden Marathon was the sixth in the Gallery's acclaimed Marathon series. This two-day event explored the concept of the garden.
Jonas Mekas was born in 1922 in Semeniškiai, Lithuania and currently lives in New York City. A filmmaker, poet, curator, editor, distributor, archivist and artist, Mekas is one of the leading figures of independent and avant-garde cinema. His film and video work is screened and exhibited extensively worldwide including venues such as MoMA, New York; Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris; documenta, Kassel; and the Venice Biennale. His poetry and diaries have been published internationally and translated into over 12 languages. Jonas Mekas has received numerous grants and awards, including from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
David Ellis (born 1955 in London) eschews the term artist, preferring to describe himself as a 'rogue enthusiast', a writer, performer-actor for TV/Film, a curator and occasional journalist. Ellis is the founder of Puzzleclub (1994-97), the London-based platform for convergent art (with Hattie Naylor). In 1993, Ellis began his on-going incursions into Lithuania, acting as an advocate for Lithuanian filmmakers. He was the producer of Silent Key (BBC Radio 3, 2001), a 45-minute audio-diary on the history of shortwave radio. A regular collaborator/documenteur with artist Simon Tyszko, he is currently recording their 'conversationals' at The Wellcome Library and the Getty Archives for Resonance FM.
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