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AV FESTIVAL 12: OPENING WEEKEND
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, 8-10.30pmThe 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, 3.50–6pmTyneside 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
Fergus Daly & Katherine Waugh: The Art of Time
Sat 3 March 2012, 1.30-3.20pmTyneside 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-12pmTyneside 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, 12-6pmThe 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