AV FESTIVAL 12: EXHIBITIONS
Thu 1 March 2012 – Sat 31 March 2012

22 exhibitions took place throughout the Festival month, across Newcastle, Gateshead, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, including ten UK premieres and five new commissions.

Time was unfolded, marked, measured and frozen. Work moved at slow, often imperceptible speeds, or was stretched to gallery opening hours: 14 seconds became 31 minutes, an hour of time elapsed each minute, and for others duration was infinite.



Exhibitions included work by: On Kawara, John Gerrard, Cyprien Gaillard, James Benning, Yoshi Wada, Susan Stenger, Jem Finer, Julien Maire, Jonathan Schipper, Torsten Lauschmann, Benedict Drew, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Sneha Solanki, Marina Zurkow, Bob Levene, Elizabeth McAlpine, John Smith, Manon de Boer, Martin Arnold, Ben Russell, Thomson & Craighead and Michael Snow.



Highlights included: On Kawara’s installation One Million Years; debut UK solo exhibitions by James Benning, John Gerrard, Cyprien Gaillard and Julien Maire; and newly commissioned solo installations by Yoshi Wada and Susan Stenger.


Yoshi Wada: Sound Ship upon Tyne

Fri 2 March – Sat 31 March 2012

Discovery Museum

Part of the American minimalist music and Fluxus scenes in 1960-70s New York, Yoshi Wada was influenced by George... more


On Kawara: One Million Years

Thu 1 March  – Sun 29 April 2012

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

One Million Years is an epic work of conceptual art. It speaks simply and directly about a subject... more


James Benning: Milwaukee/Duisburg

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

Platform A Gallery

James Benning is one of the most important figures in American avant-garde film. In 1971 he... more


James Benning: One Way Boogie Woogie 2012

Thu 1 March – 9 June 2012

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

In summer 2011, James Benning returned to his hometown of Milwaukee to make a third... more



Susan Stenger: The Structures of Everyday Life: Full Circle

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

Newcastle Civic Centre

This sound installation unites Western harmony and Eastern philosophy to mark both... more


Jonathan Schipper: Slow Motion Car Crash

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

16 Saville Row / Locus +

Jonathan Schipper’s work provides an alternative way of experiencing the world by slowing... more


Torsten Lauschmann

Thu 1 March – Sun 6 May 2012

Laing Art Gallery

Torsten Lauschmann’s critically acclaimed work has been described as too slow to be film, and too fast to be photography. Working across old and new... more


Cyprien Gaillard

Thu 1 March – Sun 1 July 2012

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

In his largest UK exhibition to date, award-winning artist Cyprien Gaillard presents two major film installations. The works show... more



John Gerrard

Thu 1 March – Sun 1 July 2012

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

The UK premiere of two recent works by John Gerrard. Cuban School (Community 5th of October) 2010 and Cuban School... more


Julien Maire

Thu 1 March – Sat 19 May 2012

Hatton Gallery

The first UK solo exhibition by this leading new media artist revisits ideas of slow motion and duration. Making his own cinematic machines using... more


Elizabeth McAlpine

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

Reg Vardy Gallery

Elizabeth McAlpine’s work explores the two essential elements of all film: light and time. This exhibition brings together... more


Jem Finer: Slowplayer

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

The NewBridge Project

At extreme slow speeds, the spin of a record player is reduced to a glacial crawl, the music to seismic rumbling. A beat may last a minute... more



Benedict Drew: The Persuaders

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

CIRCA Site

A single screen video gives breathing instructions that induce a sense of calm and well being. Sculptures act as empathetic mascots... more


Bob Levene: Inertial Frame

Thu 1 March – Sat 26 May 2012

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Filmed in South West Finland, Inertial Frame captures the moving sea, sky and islands of the beautiful Finnish... more


John Smith, Manon de Boer, Martin Arnold, Ben Russell

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

CIRCA Screen

This exhibition focuses on artists whose work involves repetition, duration and the long... more


Agnes Meyer-Brandis: The Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

Great North Museum: Hancock

Agnes Meyer-Brandis’ work weaves together history, popular... more



Mark Formanek: Standard Time

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

50 Fawcett Street

Standard Time functions as a new civic clock. Projected in an empty shop window, this ‘digital clock’ tells the exact time of day... more


Sneha Solanki: Super-natural

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

Vane

Super-natural connects two points in time, the historical pre-enlightenment and genetic science of today, both periods... more


Various Artists: Mirror Neurons

Thu 1 March – Sun 20 May 2012

The National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland

This group exhibition, including work by Catherine Richards, Michael Snow, Scott Rogers, Thomson & Craighead and Simon Pope... more


Joe Winter

Thu 1 March – Sun 20 May 2012

The National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland

Joe Winter’s series …A History of Light involves fading pigmented papers with either natural or artificial light to produce... more



Marina Zurkow: Mesocosm (Northumberland UK)

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

Vane

Mesocosm (Northumberland UK) is a 146-hour animated portrait of the Northumberland moors... more


Owl Project & Ed Carter: ~Flow

Sun 25 March - September 2012

Newcastle Quayside

~Flow is a tidemill: a floating building on the River Tyne that generates its own power using a tidal water wheel. The building houses electro acoustic musical... more