Fri 2 March 2012 – Sun 4 March 2012

The Festival opening weekend focused on strategies used by artists to explore the concept of durational experience, through music, live performance and film across Newcastle and Gateshead.

From the sustained music of Phill Niblock, Yoshi Wada, Susan Stenger and John Cage at The Sage Gateshead; to Hanne Darboven’s century of composed time and Kenneth Goldsmiths’ weather diary; to the slow shifts from dawn to dusk in the films of James Benning and Sharon Lockhart.

This weekend included new commissions and UK premieres, plus special guest appearances and talks by the artists.

Highlights included: the pairing of films by James Benning and Sharon Lockhart screened as dusk descended over the Festival; performances by Yoshi Wada with the City of Newcastle Pipe Band; Kenneth Goldsmith’s epic reading in the unique environment of Morden Tower; and the closing concert of Hanne Darboven’s Requiem.

Various Artists: Lament for John Cage

Sat 3 March 2012, 8-10.30pm

The Sage Gateshead

Marking the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth and 20th anniversary of his death, this evening focuses on... more

James Benning: Nightfall

Sat 3 March 2012, 3.50–6pm

Tyneside Cinema

Widely acclaimed for his great 16mm durational films about the American landscape, James Benning has been making new work in digital HD since 2009. We were... more

Hanne Darboven: Requiem

Sun 4 March 2012, 8-10pm

St Thomas the Martyr Church

The UK premiere of Hanne Darboven’s Requiem is performed by Thomas Dahl, Director of Music at St. Peter’s Church in Hamburg and selected by the...more

Phill Niblock: The Movement of People Working

Fri 2 March 2012, 7.45-10.15pm

The Sage Gateshead

This leading US minimalist composer and filmmaker, presented his music and films simultaneously in a special concert. The films... more

Kenneth Goldsmith: The 1703 Weather Diary of Thomas Appletree

Sun 4 March 2012, 11am-2pm

Morden Tower

In this new commission, Kenneth Goldsmith read for three hours continuously, from the... more

Yoshi Wada: Sound Ship upon Tyne Live

Sun 4 March 2012, 2-30-3.15pm

Discovery Museum

This new composition for bass drum and highland bagpipes, is performed live within Yoshi Wada’s sound installation at the Discovery... more

Leif Inge: 9 Beet Stretch

Thu 1 March, 12am – Fri 2 March 2012, 12am

Star and Shadow Cinema

Leif Inge’s 9 Beet Stretch is Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony stretched to 24-hours, with no pitch distortion. This marathon... more

Sharon Lockhart: Double Tide

Sun 4 March 2012, 4–6pm

Tyneside Cinema

Double Tide documents a female clam digger in the mudflats of coastal Maine, as she wades slowly through the water. Filmed on the rare occasion in which... more

Fergus Daly & Katherine Waugh: The Art of Time

Sat 3 March 2012, 1.30-3.20pm

Tyneside Cinema

The Art of Time explores how leading artists and thinkers are inventing new and radical notions of time, contesting the idea that... more

Talk: Phill Niblock, Susan Stenger, Yoshi Wada

Sat 3 March 2012, 11am-12pm

Tyneside Cinema

A rare chance to hear these musicians talk about their work and shared histories, referencing the New York minimalist... more

Jem Finer: Slowplayer Live Mix

Sat 3 March 2012, 12-6pm

The NewBridge Project

Bring along your own vinyl records and hear them played live by the artist on his specially adapted slow record player, within his Slowplayer exhibition... more