AV FESTIVAL 12: SYMPOSIA, TALKS & TOURS
Thu 1 March 2012 – Sat 31 March 2012

Symposia, talks and tours ran throughout the Festival, ranging from professional symposia for artists, curators and academics, to informal drop-in exhibition tours for everyone.

The Festival opened with the As Slow As Possible Symposium at mima. It explored ideas of slowness and resistant temporalities in contemporary art and culture with guest speakers: philosopher Eric Alliez, culture and music critic Paul Morley, performance art specialist and writer Laura Cull, and film theorist and philosopher John Mullarkey, plus Festival artists.



For the first time free informal exhibition tours took place each weekend of the Festival, designed and led by Festival volunteers.

Other talks and seminars were run in collaboration with Festival partners Teesside University, CRUMB, Datarama, Contemporary Art Society and Intersections.


Iain Sinclair: Middlesbrough Talk

Thu 15 March 2012, 6–7.30pm

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Iain Sinclair is a leading writer, filmmaker, poet and psychogeographer...more


Slow Cinema Discussion

Fri 9 March 2012, 11am-12.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

A panel of filmmakers and critics discussed their work and current trends within contemporary cinema, including: Lav Diaz... 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


Musick to Play in the Dark: A Talk by Rob Young

Sat 17 March 2012, 5–6pm

Tyneside Cinema

Rob Young is the author of Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music, and Editor-at-Large at The Wire magazine. In a talk... more



As Slow As Possible Symposium

Thu 1 March 2012, 2–5pm

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Taking its point of departure from the AV Festival 12 theme of slowness, the symposium investigated how we might... more


Exhibition Tour: Trying it for 32

Sat 10 March 2012, 3.30pm

Various Venues

This tour was part of a series of ‘slow’ tours designed and led by AV Festival Volunteer Guides, to further explore the AV Festival 12 theme: As Slow As Possible... more


Exhibition Tour: SLOW

Sat 17 March 2012, 3pm

Various Venues

The tour was part of a series of 'slow' tours designed and led by AV Festival Volunteer Guides, to further explore the AV Festival 12 theme: As Slow As Possible... more


Exhibition Tour: SLOW

Sat 24 March 2012, 3pm

Various Venues

The tour was part of a series of 'slow' tours designed and led by AV Festival Volunteer Guides, to further explore the AV Festival 12 theme: As Slow As Possible... more



Torsten Lauschmann Tour

Tue 27 March 2012, 6.30–8pm

Laing Art Gallery

Clive Gillman, Director of DCA, Dundee, introduced the work of Torsten Lauschmann in this exhibition tour, organised by Contemporary Art Society... more


Seminar: Distribution and Dissemination after New Media

Mon 5 March 2012, 9.30am

The Literary & Philosophical Society

For AV Festival 12 CRUMB delivered a new professional development workshop for contemporary... more


Duration Conference

Thu 29 – Sat 31 March 2012

Culture Lab

This international interdisciplinary conference explored the temporality of contemporary public arts practice, organised by Intersections at Newcastle University... more


Datarama #17

Fri 16 March 2012, 7–9pm

Tyneside Cinema

Datarama is a democratic data-sharing event led by Polytechnic, an open show-and-tell session for people that like to make interesting things with technology... more



Exhibition Tours: Sunderland - Sat 10 March 2012

Fri 16 March 2012, 7–9pm

Various Venues

This new series of FREE drop-in exhibition tours are led by our Festival Volunteer Guides. These one-hour informal lunchtime tours of exhibitions in... more


Exhibition Tours: Middlesbrough - Wed 7 March

Fri 16 March 2012, 7–9pm

Various Venues

This new series of FREE drop-in exhibition tours are led by our Festival Volunteer Guides. These one-hour informal lunchtime tours of exhibitions in... more


CRUMB Drop-In

Fri 2 March 2012, 3–4pm

CRUMB, University of Sunderland

During the 24-Hour Launch drop by the CRUMB office for a cup of tea, and to find out about their work on curating new... more


Exhibition Tours: Sunderland - Sat 17 March 2012

Fri 2 March 2012, 3–4pm

Various Venues

This new series of FREE drop-in exhibition tours are led by our Festival Volunteer Guides. These one-hour informal lunchtime tours of exhibitions in... more



Exhibition Tours: Sunderland 'SLOW' - Sat 17 March

Fri 2 March 2012, 3–4pm

Various Venues

This new series of FREE drop-in exhibition tours are led by our Festival Volunteer Guides. This two-hour 'SLOW' tour of Newcastle exhibitions includes... more


Exhibition Tours: Middlesbrough - Wed 24 March

Fri 2 March 2012, 3–4pm

Various Venues

This new series of FREE drop-in exhibition tours are led by our Festival Volunteer Guides. These one-hour informal lunchtime tours of exhibitions in... more


Exhibition Tours: Sunderland - Sat 24 March 2012

Fri 2 March 2012, 3–4pm

Various Venues

This new series of FREE drop-in exhibition tours are led by our Festival Volunteer Guides. These one-hour informal lunchtime tours of exhibitions in... more


AV in Middlesbrough

Sat 17 March 2012, 11–1.30pm

Starts Platform A gallery

Contemporary Art Society hosts an introductory tour of our Middlesbrough exhibitions, followed by an informal discussion about collecting film... more