AV Festival 12: As Slow As Possible may be over, but our memories of a Festival in slow motion continue.
We would like to thank all the artists, partners, venues and volunteers who made AV Festival 12 so special.
If you didn’t complete a survey during the Festival, here is your last chance to let us know what you think, and help us plan for the next Festival in 2014! You can complete our online survey here before 4 May.
“One of the most imaginative Festivals to be staged in the UK for many years.”
(Sukhdev Sandhu, The Guardian)
“The theme of the festival is more than simply slowness, duration or endurance. One of the best things about this festival is that it takes you to places you otherwise might never go.”
(Adrian Searle, The Guardian)
“AV’s main success was the way in which it set several different rhythms in motion for the duration of the month.”
“As the AV Festival demonstrates, slowness is much underrated.”
(The Telegraph blog)
“The Slow Cinema Weekend itself was an unusual and exemplary festival-within-a-festival.”
(Sight and Sound magazine blog)
“Its myriad installations, events, talks, film screenings and walks exude the quiet confidence that you sense in Newcastle in 2012”.
Festival Exhibitions: Last Chance To See
Several Festival exhibitions can still be experienced during May and June. Torsten Lauschmann is at Laing Art Gallery until the 6 May, Julien Maire is at Hatton Gallery until 19 May, Mirror Neurons is at The National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland until 20 May, Bob Levene is at NGCA until 26 May and James Benning until 9 June. There is more time to still see John Gerrard and Cyprien Gaillard at mima, which runs until 1 July.
AV Festival in Germany
This month Festival Director, Rebecca Shatwell is in Germany taking part in the Edith Russ Haus stipend international jury, attending the Berlin Biennial and is a guest of the Oberhausen Short Film Festival. Edith Russ Haus is a centre for media art in Oldenburg offering three artist stipends each year, the jury for the 2012 stipend was: Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka, Curator, WRO Art Center (Wroclaw, Poland); Domenico Quaranta, Art Critic and Curator (Milan, Italy); Dr. Axel Roch, Assistant Professor, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands) and Rebecca Shatwell, Director, AV Festival.
Congratulations to Lav Diaz and Ben Rivers
The 25th edition of Images Festival in Toronto has awarded Lav Diaz its On Screen Award for the strongest new international film or video in the Festival. Ben Rivers received an Honorable Mention in the same category for his film ‘Two Years at Sea’. Both artists presented their work at the AV Festival 12 - Slow Cinema Weekend.