AV FESTIVAL 10: ENERGY
Fri 5 March 2010 – Sun 14 March 2010

The curatorial theme of AV Festival 10 was energy: a universal force that connects, transforms and renews life. The Festival explored energy from scientific, technological, environmental and spiritual perspectives. New commissions included a coal-fired computer, a café importing via social networks, a film tracking the movement of the sun, and compositions based on the energy of our rivers.

The Festival included 24 exhibitions, 20 performances, 15 screenings, 14 talks, 3 symposia, 2 residencies and a café. This included working with 140 artists, on 18 new commissions and 15 UK premieres, in partnership with 31 venues.

Over ten-days there were 70,860 visits, an increase of 65% from 2008. The Festival contributed £480k of GVA to the local economy, and achieved £1.25 of economic output per pound invested. AV Festival 10 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: Rebecca Shatwell


Charlemagne Palestine: Carillon Bells

Fri 5 March 2010, 6.15-7pm

Newcastle Civic Centre Bell Tower

Legendary American musician Charlemagne Palestine performs the UK premiere of a new...more


Charlemagne Palestine: Schlingen Blängen

Sat 6 March 2010, 4-10pm

Church of St Thomas the Martyr

Immersive and powerful solo organ performance that slowly builds over six hours in the peaceful...more


Various Artists: all art is, is rhythm

Fri 5 March – Sat 22 May 2010

Hatton Gallery

As stated by the famous modern artist Kurt Schwitters in 1926, art is nothing more than rhythm. This group exhibition, curated...more


Felix Gonzalez-Torres and William McKeown: A Certain Distance, Endless Light

Fri 5 March – Sun 4 July 2010 

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

The launch exhibition of AV Festival 10 brings together two...more



Various Artists: English Journey Revisited

Sun 14 March 2010, 8pm

The Sage Gateshead

The Festival special closing night performance was written and performed by award winning writers Iain Sinclair...more


Alan Moore and Stephen O'Malley: Simultaneous Conjugation of Four Spirits in a Room

Sat 13 March 2010, 4-4.30pm

Laing Art Gallery

For the opening of the exhibition Turner versus Martin at the...more


Kenneth Anger: In Person

Fri 12 March 2010, 7pm

Tyneside Cinema

The legendary filmmaker and writer Kenneth Anger made a special guest appearance at AV Festival 10. Anger is a pioneering force in avant-garde cinema and a prolific writer...more


Gustav Metzger Lecture

Wed 10 March 2010, 6.30pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

BALTIC and AV Festival 10 presented a special lecture by the influential artist and activist Gustav Metzger. In a career spanning over 60...more



YoHa: Coal Fired Computers

Fri 12 March – Sun 14 March 2010

Discovery Museum

A coal-fired boiler powers a network of computers exploring the relationships between, power, art and media. Coal Fired...more


Kate Rich: Feral Trade Cafe

Fri 5 March – Sun 14 March 2010

Tyneside Cinema

Artist Kate Rich has been operating Feral Trade import-export out of Bristol since 2003. Feral Trade deals in small quantities of...more


Various Artists: Sounds of Science

Sat 13 March 2010, 6.30pm

The Sage Gateshead

An evening of sonic experiments with unusual sound sources including: an audio-modulated Tesla coil, firework...more


Various Artists: Rivers

Sun 14 March 2010, 3pm

The Sage Gateshead

This event premieres new commissions by three international sound artists: Kaffe Matthews, Lee Patterson and Jana Winderen. Each artist visited...more



Rhodri Davies: Cut and Burn

Sat 6 March 2010, 11am-4pm

Hatton Gallery

Rhodri Davies plays the harp in new and unexpected ways, often without plucking the strings. In this performance, set within his installation Room Harp...more


artificiel: condemned_bulbes

Fri 5 March – Sun 14 March 2010

Discovery Museum

Dozens of oversized, incandescent light bulbs hang in grid formation in the blacked-out Great Hall. As electricity passes through a...more


Cluster and :zoviet*france: Big Water

Wed 10 March 2010, 7.30pm

Sunderland Aquatic Centre

Sound travels 4.5 times faster underwater, a phenomenon that was directly experienced at this event. In the spectacular...more


Liliane Lijn: Power Game

Fri 5 March 2010, 9-11pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Power Game is a dynamic card game and improvised art performance, devised and performed by Liliane Lijn. Originally staged in...more