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. The archive of Festival highlights can be viewed below, or you can search by the categories opposite.

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