Thu 28 February 2008 – Sat 8 March 2008

AV Festival 08 included 18 performances across Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, including four UK premieres and four new commissions.

Performances included work by: Chris Watson, Jean-Jacques Perrey & Dana Countryman, Autechre, Matt Wand, :zoviet*france:, Atau Tanaka, Staalplaat Soundsystem, Strange Attractor, Disinformation, Brian Duffy, Dick Mills, Broadcast, Marko Peljhan, Aljooa Abrahamsberg, Matthew Biederman, Brian Springer, Ars Nova Ensemble, Angela Rademacher and Joanna Read.

Highlights included: the recreation of John Cage's iconic 1966 performance Variations VII performed by :zoviet*france:, Matt Wand and Atau Tanaka; a day long celebration of the BBC Radiophonic workshop with Dick Mills, Brian Duffy, Broadcast and Jean-Jacques Perrey & Dana Countryman; and a live performance within Chris Watson’s new sound installation.

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

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

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

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

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