Saturday 3 March

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, 8-10.30pm

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


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