Richard Fenwick, Artificial Worlds V.3.0, 2006. Courtesy of the artist

Richard Fenwick, Artificial Worlds V.3.0, 2006. Courtesy of the artist

The last night of AV Festival 06 took place at Middlesbrough’s Empire Nightclub. The first part of the evening was a reception to celebrate the world premiere of Artificial Worlds v.3.0 a stunning new film by Richard Fenwick, one of a generation of new filmmakers emerging within the world of digital graphics. The premiere was followed by live performances, DJ and VJ sets by artists based in the region including: Cathode, Andrew Hodson, Moshine, Preamptive and others. The Empire’s hugely popular PLAY Club night followed (from 11pm-3am ) including some of the region’s best VJs including Retina Glitch and Seen.

Artificial Worlds v.3.0 was a dramatic and fittingly discordant way to end the Festival’s exploration of the impact of technology on life. The film depicts a group of people running for their lives, but not from a visible discernible enemy. This monster is fast, destructive and cruel: but does it have consciousness? As each runner is consumed by a digital interface, each body is fractured and detonated, right up until the final act of human defiance. The film asks to what extent this lifelike technology that surrounds us is taking us over. Despite its somewhat techno-dystopian feel, Artificial Worlds v.3.0 is a testimony to the power of new technology to change the future of the North East. Fenwick worked alongside local artist, Marcus O’Keefe, and many talented individuals from Middlesbrough’s Digital City project, to create a film of immense power.

Produced in collaboration with Middlesbrough Arts Development team.

Closing Gala


Sat 11 March 2006, 7.30–11pm 

Middlesbrough Empire

Corporation Road
Middlesbrough TS1 2RT