AV FESTIVAL 06: LIFELIKE
Thu 2 March 2006 – Sun 12 March 2006

The curatorial theme of AV Festival 06 was life sciences. Our perceptions of what life is, when it starts and ends and how it works, have been transformed by science and technology. AV Festival 06 featured works that vividly show how technology can mimic, impersonate and simulate life. It also explored the way that biotechnology, genetic engineering and cloning have radically altered the way we imagine life.

AV Festival 06 took place across Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, and included 13 exhibitions, 29 screenings, 8 performances, 17 talks, symposia and workshops, 9 new commissions, and 4 launch events. Over ten days it achieved 34,142 visits, of which 88% were new audiences to the Festival. The archive of Festival highlights can be viewed below, or you can search by the categories opposite.

Festival Director: Honor Harger


Anthony McCall: Swell

Tue 7 March – Tue 7 April 2006

Reg Vardy Gallery

AV Festival 06 are proud to have co-commissioned a new work by one of Britain’s most acclaimed visual artists, Anthony McCall. Swell is a fifty-foot...more


Ryoji Ikeda: data.matrix & C4i

Fri 3 March 2006, 7.30–9pm

The Sage Gateshead

AV Festival 06 presented the world premiere of Ikeda’s new work data.matrix (working title) subsequently renamed datamatics. Using pure data as a source...more


Gina Czarnecki: Spine

Thu 2 March – Sun 12 March 2006

Newcastle Civic Centre

Gina Czarnecki’s first ever publicly sited work Spine was premiered at AV Festival 06, as a twelve-metre high projection onto the...more


Michael Nyman: Orchestrating the Genome

Sun 5 March 2006, 6.30pm

The Sage Gateshead

AV Festival 06 and The Sage Gateshead presented a new specially commissioned concert by one of the world’s finest composers...more



Suguru Goto: RoboticMusic

Sat 4 March – Sun 5 March 2006

The Sage Gateshead

Suguru Goto is a Japanese composer and multi-media artist. This was the UK premiere of his work. Goto is gradually constructing a performing...more


alva noto (Carsten Nicolai): Transall

Fri 3 March 2006, 9.30pm

The Sage Gateshead

alva noto (Carsten Nicolai) is one of the most important and critically acclaimed electronic musicians working today. For AV...more


Kenneth Rinaldo: Autotelematic Spider Bots

Wed 8 March – Sun 19 March 2006

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

AV Festival 06 commissioned the eminent media artist...more


Critical Art Ensemble: Marching Plague

Sat 4 March 2006, 6.45pm

Tyneside Cinema

The film Marching Plague is Critical Art Ensemble’s newest work and a powerful critique of UK-US bio-weapons research...more