We now move from a space of fear into desire – asking how art can be a space to express, explore and experience the supposedly private sphere of sexuality.

In our desires, what is the interplay between distance and closeness? How do attraction and obsession intersect with other aspects of our lives? What happens when intimate pleasures and partnerships inform art-making – and when that work is brought before a public?

Featuring an original sound work by Pixy Liao, an interview with Tiona Nekkia McClodden, an unpublished sex column reading by Brontez Purnell, and Serpentine curator Hanna Girma in conversation with Gaylene Gould.

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You can connect with the series on socials @serpentineuk, and you can find more information and full descriptive transcripts at www.serpentinegalleries.org/art-and-ideas/serpentine-podcast-intimacies/.


Hosted by Gaylene Gould

Produced by Katie Callin (Reduced Listening)

Production support by Nada Smiljanic (Reduced Listening)

Executive production by Anishka Sharma (Reduced Listening)

Curated by Hanna Girma and Fiona Glen

Mix engineering by Jesse Lawson (Reduced Listening)

Theme music by Hinako Omori

Visual identity by the unloved


Serpentine Podcast: Intimacies explores the complexities of closeness, and asks how we can expand and evolve our intimacy with others, ourselves, and the world around us. Join our host, Gaylene Gould, as she gathers perspectives from artists, designers, writers, thinkers, and more on how we can rekindle trust, and open ourselves up to new possibilities for connection.

Confronting the slippery topics of fear, vulnerability, sex, love and loneliness in art and life, the Intimacies series delves into the feelings and experiences which we don’t always voice – from our relationships with family or strangers, to the things we fear most and our deepest desires, to our surroundings and our innermost selves. Each episode combines interviews, original audio works, conversations, and pieces from the Serpentine archive. This series itself is personal, emotional, reflective, and an exploration of vulnerability in many ways. 

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