Thu 28 February 2008 – Sat 8 March 2008

The curatorial theme of AV Festival 08 was broadcast. The UK began to switch off analogue television signals in 2007, paving the way for television to become entirely digital. At the same time the internet and mobile networks have created opportunities for us to broadcast ourselves in entirely new ways. AV Festival 08 created a catalyst for debate about the future of broadcasting, and celebrated the history of transmission.

AV Festival 08 took place across Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, and included 12 exhibitions, 37 screenings, 18 performances, 18 talks, symposia and workshops, 14 new commissions, 4 launch events and 3 radio stations. Over ten-days there were a total of 43,038 visits, a 26% increase from 2006. The Festival introduced new audiences to the work, 42% had not been to a similar event before. AV Festival 08 won a Silver Award at the North East Tourism Awards.

Festival Director: Honor Harger

Variations VII: Atau Tanaka, Matt Wand, :zoviet*france:

Thu 29 February 2008, 8pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

American composer John Cage (1912-92) was a celebrated pioneer of electronic and chance... more

Chris Watson: Whispering in the Leaves

Fri 29 February – Sun 9 March 2008

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

AV Festival 08 commissioned this major new work by renowned...more

Various Artists: Broadcast Yourself

Fri 29 February – Sat 5 April 2008

Hatton Gallery

Co-curated by Sarah Cook and Kathy Rae Huffman, Broadcast Yourself  is an international group...more

Harun Farocki: Deep Play

Fri 29 February – Sat 12 April 2008

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Harun Farocki is a celebrated German filmmaker and artist, for decades he has explored how...more

Joyce Hinterding: Aeriology

Fri 29 February – Fri 11 April 2008

Reg Vardy Gallery

Joyce Hinterding is an Australian artist who is fascinated by energy and sound, things we can’t see but which pervade...more

Staalplaat Soundsystem: Yokomono

Fri 29 February – Sat 5 April 2008


This was the first UK presentation of the award-winning sound art installation Yokomono by...more

Music & Machines VIII: Broadcast

Fri 29 February – Sat 1 March 2008, 10am-6pm

Culture Lab

This international two-day conference presented different ways that artists and musicians...more

Radiophonia: Jean-Jacques Perrey, Dick Mills and others

Sat 1 March 2008, 1-10.30pm

The Sage Gateshead

This all-day celebration of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop included talks and performances by Dick Mills, Jean-Jacques Perrey...more

Sonia Boyce: For You, Only You

Fri 29 February – Sun 9 May 2008

Castle Keep

For You, Only You, was a video installation by Sonia Boyce encapsulating the relationship between the music...more

Resonance FM

Wed 28 February – Sat 8 March 2008 

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

AV Festival 08 commissioned the UK’s only radio art station, Resonance FM, to broadcast...more

AV Festival on NE1FM

Wed 28 February – Sat 8 March 2008 

Discovery Museum

AV Festival 08 commissioned international radio artist Knut Aufermann to work with Newcastle community radio station...more

Marko Peljhan: SCATTER!

Sat 8 March 2008, 6-9pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

The closing event of AV Festival 08 took place across two floors of BALTIC. Marko Peljhan, the celebrated Slovenian...more

Soundscape FM

Wed 28 February – Sat 8 March 2008 

Sunderland University Media Centre

AV Festival 08 commissioned a special FM radio station in Sunderland, in collaboration...more

Yuko Mohri: Bairdcast: A History of Machine Translation

Wed 28 February – Sun 9 May 2008 

Discovery Museum

AV Festival 08 and the Sunderland Digital Research Lab commissioned emerging Japanese media...more

Marcus Coates, Zoe Irvine & People Like Us: Now Hear This

Thu 28 February – Sat 8 March 2008

Various Sites across Middlesbrough Town Centre

Now Hear This was a series of audio works presented in various...more

Jose Luis de Vincente, Irma Vila & Bestario: Atlas of Electromagnetic Space

Thu 29 February – Sat 8 March 2008

Institute of Digital Innovation

In this data visualisation work the unseen landscape...more

Waygood's Amateur Radio Rally

Fri 29 February & Sat 1 March 2008

Grainger Market

Before the internet, there were people who chatted to each other on the radio. These amateur radio 'hams’ formed a...more

Joanna Read: War of the Worlds

Wed 5 March 2008, 8pm

Middlesbrough Town Hall

Seventy years ago, the power of radio was demonstrated in the most unexpected way. An adaptation of HG Wells’ 1898 novel, The War of the Worlds...more

Ryota Kuwakubo: Prepared Radios

Thu 28 February - Sat 8 March 2008

Design Centre

Japanese artist and designer Ryota Kuwakubo makes simple but thought-provoking items...more

John Cage: Variations VII

Thu 29 February – Sun 2 March 2008 

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

To accompany the performance of John Cage’s Variations VII, documentation of the...more

Various Artists: Slow TV

Thu 29 February – Sat 23 May 2008 


Slow TV consisted of four channels publicly presented in the window of Waygood at 31 High Bridge. The four screens were...more

Chris Watson Live

Thu 6 March 2008, 8.30-9pm

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Chris Watson performed a live sound mix of his new commission Whispering in the Leaves within the environment of the...more

Autechre Live

Sun 2 March 2008, 9pm-1am


Autechre bring angular machine music to the masses, celebrating their album Quaristice on Warp Records. This unfeasibly popular duo take the sounds of...more

Staalplaat Soundsystem: Yokomono Live

Thu 29 February 2008, 8pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Staalplaat Soundsystem presented a live performance version of their Yokomono installation...more

Disinformation vs. Strange Attractor: National Grid

Wed 5 March 2008, 7.30pm

Centre for Life

This rumbling, timber-shivering electronic performance by art group Disinformation was inspired by the work of radio pioneer...more

Michael Edgerton: A Marriage of Shadows

Mon 3 March 2008, 7.30pm

Middlesbrough Central Library

AV Festival 08 presented the world premiere of this new work by musical innovator Michael Edgerton reflecting journeys and...more


Fri 29 February - Fri 7 March 2008

Various Venues

Created by local producers NOVAK, AV:ISION was a series of after-dark parties and lounges at clubs, cafes and other venues across...more

TV at the Cinema: Distorted Reality

Fri 29 February 2008 8-10.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

In this double-bill social dystopias were explored through the medium of news broadcasts.The War Game, written and directed by...more

Regime Change on Air

Mon 3 March 2008, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

This is a double-bill of documentaries, which show how television can be used as a powerful tool in shaping political futures.Videogramme einer...more

Scattered Frequencies and Radio Favela

Tue 4 March 2008, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

This double-bill screening explored community radio in other countries, and was introduced by a representative from NE1fm...more 

Various Artists: Works for Television

Thu 29 February – Sun 2 March 2008

Mobile Cinema

This screening programme included artist film and video works made for TV, originally commissioned...more

TV Dinners: Brass Eye

Sat 8 March 2008, 8.15pm

Tyneside Cinema

You could grab yourself a TV Dinner and pull up a chair to enjoy 3 episodes of Chris Morris’ clever current affairs comedy that ruffled feathers and...more

TV at the Cinema: The Life of Birds

Sat 8 March, 3.45pm

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

This screening of an episode from the award-winning David Attenborough series was...more

TV at the Cinema: Cathy Come Home

Thu 6 March 2008, 8.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

This ground-breaking Ken Loach TV drama was watched by a quarter of the UK population on its first broadcast. It tells the...more

TV at the Cinema: Abigail's Party

Wed 5 March 2008, 6.20pm

Tyneside Cinema

Mike Leigh’s achingly hilarious and cringe-worthy teleplay stars Alison Steadman as Beverley, whose drinks-fuelled catch-up with the...more

TV at the Cinema: Boys from the Blackstuff

Tue 4 March 2008, 8.15pm

Tyneside Cinema

This session of TV Dinners focused on television’s most powerful response to the Thatcher era. The BFI calls the series...more

TV at the Cinema: The Prisoner

Sun 2 March 2008, 7.15pm

Innovation Centre

A special screening of two episodes from this iconic 1960s drama. Part spy thriller, part Kafkaesque sci-fi, follow ‘Number 6’ as he tries to escape the...more

TV Dinners: Cops & Robbers

Sat 1 March 2008, 8.15pm

Tyneside Cinema

Iconic British crime series, The Sweeney, set the tone for all future crime drama, and was the first TV programme to show police as fallible, cut-throat...more

TV at the Cinema: Shooting the Past

Sat 1 March 2008, 4.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

This screening included all three episodes of Stephen Poliakoff’s enthralling mini-series about a US property developer...more

TV at the Cinema: Not the Nine O'Clock News

Thu 6 March 2008, 7.15pm

Innovation Centre

Surrealist comedy from the likes of Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones, that elaborated...more

TV at the Cinema: Doctor Who & The Daleks

Sat 1 March 2008, 12.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

This was a very special chance to catch a Doctor Who family classic, in one of the franchise’s most celebrated feature films...more

TV at the Cinema: Doctor Who Special

Mon 3 March 2008, 8.25pm

Tyneside Cinema

It would be impossible to celebrate British television without giving a slot to Earth’s quirkiest hero, and most famous Doctor...more

TV Dinners: Fawlty Towers

Wed 5 March 2008, 8.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

This programme included classic episodes of Fawlty Towers, voted number 1 in the BFI’s list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of all time...more

Alternative Top TV

Fri 7 March 2008, 8.30-10pm

Tyneside Cinema

This gala screening at the Tyneside Cinema showed your favourite British TV programme of all time, voted for by audiences. So few of the ‘100-best’...more

Desert Island TV

Sun 2 March 2008, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

Listeners to BBC Radio 4 will be familiar with the iconic show Desert Island Discs, which asks well-known personalities to choose the songs, which have...more


Mon 3 March – Thu 6 March 2008

Design Centre

This screening showcase of the best entries from the AV:IRAL competition highlighted the creativity of tomorrow’s...more

Digital Stadium

Mon 3 March - Sat 8 March 2008 

Design Centre

Japan has a weird and wonderful television tradition, and this screening showed one of the most innovative shows around...more

Symposium: The Television Will Not Be Revolutionised?

Thu 6 March – Fri 7 March 2008, 12-5pm

Digital Media Centre

The switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting has begun, the proliferation...more

Seminar: Broadcast Yourself

Sun 2 March 2008, 11.30am

Star and Shadow Cinema

Sarah Cook and Kathy Rae Huffman, co-curators of the Broadcast Yourself exhibition at the Hatton Gallery, facilitated an informal question and answer session...more

Seminar: Documenting New Media Art

Wed 5 March 2008, 2-5pm

Dance City

New York-based curator Caitlin Jones joins the CRUMB team to discuss how best to document event based and exhibition-based...more

Artist Talk: Chris Watson

Sat 8 March 2008, 2.30pm

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Chris Watson is one of the world’s greatest sound recordists, famed for his work capturing the natural world for David...more

Artist Talk: Yuko Mohri

Sat 8 March 2008, 11.45am


The artist Yuko Mohri talked about her new work Bairdcast Media: A History of Machine Translation and reflected on her experience of creating it during...more

Artist Talk: Joyce Hinterding

Sat 8 March 2008, 10am-12.30pm

Reg Vardy Gallery

Gallery walk through and talk about Joyce Hinterding's Aeriology exhibition by Reg Vardy curator, Rob Blackson...more

Jimmy McGovern: At the Top of the Game

Tue 4 March 2008, 7pm


Jimmy McGovern’s name is synonymous with powerful, hard-hitting drama. In a career that spans over twenty years he has...more

Northern Screenwriters Conference

Tue 4 March – Wed 5 March 2008, 10am-6pm


AV Festival 08 coincided with Middlesbrough’s annual Northern Screenwriters Conference...more

Workshop: Radio Craft Lab

Mon 3 – Fri 7 March 2008, 10am-6pm


The Radio Craft Lab was a unique opportunity for eight local artists to participate in an intensive 5-day laboratory for using...more

Workshop: Anatomy of a Television Programme

Thu 6 March 2008, 10am-12pm

Centuria Building

This two-hour workshop, held twice in two cities in one day, showed you how to make TV. You could choose from the morning session...more

Workshop: Write Your Own Radio Play

Sat 1 – Sun 2 March 2008, 10am-4pm

Playing for Success Centre

This was an intensive two-day workshop for budding radio dramatists aged 13 - 19 years...more

CRUMB @ Home

Sat 8 March 2008, 10am-12pm

CRUMB Office

The CRUMB team opened their offices for AV Festival 08, for an informal networking event including special guest Caitlin Jones (New York-based curator...more

Variations VII & Yokomono Live

Fri 29 February 2008, 8pm 

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

The opening gala featured two special performances, the UK premiere of John Cage’s Variations....more

Late & Live: Newcastle

Thu 28 February 2008, 6pm-12am

Various locations across Newcastle

AV Festival passholders and special guests were invited to the first AV Festival Late & Live evening...more

Late & Live: Middlesbrough

Mon 3 March 2008, 4pm-12am

Various locations across Middlesbrough

Late & Live in Middlesbrough began with a special walking tour of Now Hear This featuring publicly sited...more

Late & Live: Sunderland

Thu 6 March 2008, 5.30pm-12am

Various locations across Sunderland

Late & Live in Sunderland started at the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens with a new...more