Monday 26 March

AV FESTIVAL 12: AS SLOW AS POSSIBLE
1 March 2012 – 31 March 2012

“One of the most imaginative festivals to be staged in the UK for many years.”
(The Guardian)

Titled after ASLSP (As SLow aS Possible), by pioneering artist John Cage, the AV Festival 12 theme explored how artists have stretched, measured and marked the passage of time. Some works lasted the full 31 days of the Festival, others were infinite in duration or moved imperceptibly slowly.

For the first time, the Festival ran for a whole month. It took place at different speeds, paces and times of day, across Newcastle, Gateshead, Middlesbrough and Sunderland. Including 22 exhibitions, 38 film screenings, 15 concerts, six walks, a 744-hour continuous online radio, plus 16 new commissions and 18 UK premieres.



AV Festival 12 achieved 94,096 visits, a 33% increase on 2010. It attracted 24% of visitors from outside the region, contributed £516k GVA to the local economy, and achieved a return on investment of £2.88 for every £1 of public funding received.

Festival Director: Rebecca Shatwell


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: 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


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


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



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


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


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


Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Syndromes and a Century

Mon 26 March 2012, 5.45pm-7.50pm

Tyneside Cinema

Described as a hospital comedy with a metaphysical bent, Syndromes and a Century is inspired... more


Radio Boredcast: Day 26

Mon 26 March 2012, 5.45pm-7.50pm

Tyneside Cinema

Mon 26 March 2012,12am–12am
Radio Boredcast is archived at WFMU where you can listen to all 744-hours of this online radio project that ran continuously for the Festival month. The programme schedule for this day can be viewed here


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