Lisson Gallery

The Serpentine's Park Nights 2018 features puppet-play by Pedro Reyes

31 August 2018

Manufacturing Mischief is a puppet-play by Pedro Reyes in which the protagonist, Noam Chomsky, finds an antagonist in the toxic individualism of Ayn Rand. Other characters include Elon Musk and Steve Jobs, who are blind to the human costs of their techno utopias.


"My goal is to create a new puppet play that deals with issues of technology, ideology and the current political climate from a critical perspective, while also serving as entertainment and speaking both to scholars and a broader audience alike," the artist notes. 'Manufacturing Mischief’ was conceived as part of Reyes's residency as the inaugural Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Art, Science & Technology in Boston.

Following its premiere at MIT, the work travelled to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and to The Tank in New York City. The Serpentine's presentation marks the play's UK debut.

Park Nights is the Serpentine’s experimental, interdisciplinary live platform, programmed for the Galleries’ annual architectural commission, the Serpentine Pavilion.

Tickets are required. Visit the Serpentine's website to purchase.

Photo © Sham Sthankiya

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