AV FESTIVAL 14: EXTRACTION
Sat 1 March 2014 – Mon 31 March 2014

AV Festival 14: Extraction explores the raw materials that create our experience of the world, from their origins deep in the ground, to their extraction, transformation and global exploitation. Everything comes from the ground, digging the earth, pulling out material through mining or quarrying. Extraction creates new landforms, substances and residues, making visible hidden geological strata across vast time periods.

Over a month the Festival re-imagines the geologic, with artists responding to the natural landscape of North East England and beyond. The curated programme features 11 exhibitions, 36 film screenings, 10 concerts and 11 new commissions. Each weekend has a specially curated focus, from postcolonial cinema to digging for sound. The dramatic end to the Festival is an unmissable large-scale event on the River Tyne with seminal music group Test Dept.

Festival Director: Rebecca Shatwell


Festival Launch: Middlesbrough Exhibitions

Thu 27 February 2014, 6–8pm

Various Venues

AV Festival 14: Extraction opens with two evenings of FREE exhibition openings across Newcastle, Sunderland... more

 


Festival Launch: Sunderland Exhibitions

Fri 28 February 2014, 5–6pm

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA)

AV Festival 14: Extraction opens with two evenings of FREE exhibition openings... more


Festival Launch: Newcastle Exhibitions

Fri 28 February 2014, 6–9pm

Various Venues

AV Festival 14: Extraction opens with two evenings of FREE exhibition openings across Newcastle, Sunderland... more


Group exhibition: Metal

Sat 1 March – Thu 24 April 2014

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

For the first time the Festival curated two thematic group shows. At mima the exhibition... more



Group exhibition: Stone

Sat 1 March – Sat 17 May 2014

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA)

The Festival group exhibition at NGCA focused on the raw material of stone and how it has been shaped by human agency... more


Akio Suzuki: na ge ka ke

Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014

Globe Gallery

AV Festival presented the first major solo exhibition of work by Akio Suzuki in the UK. When Suzuki was awakened to the world of sound in the 1960s, he began what... more


Akio Suzuki: oto–date Newcastle

Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014

Various outdoor locations, Newcastle

AV Festival commissioned the UK debut of Suzuki’s ongoing oto-date project. oto-date is... more


Lara Almarcegui: The Last Coal Extraction in Newcastle

Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014

NewBridge Project Space

Concerned with shifting landforms and land uses, Almarcegui's work reveals the evolving material qualities of natural... more



Susan Stenger: Sound Strata of Coastal Northumberland

Sat 1 March – Sun 6 April 2014

Laing Art Gallery

Susan Stenger’s new sound installation is based on a cross-section diagram of coastal geological formations... more


Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak

Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014

Platform A Gallery

Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak's new work is part of the ongoing series of sculptures After four rotations of A, B will... more


Jessica Warboys

Sat 1 March – Sun 6 April 2014

Laing Art Gallery

This solo exhibition brought together film, object and canvas, each addressing time, space and landscape in different ways. The exhibition included a... more


Anna Molska: The Weavers

Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014

The Mining Institute

This single screen film is based on The Weavers, a five-act play by the German Nobel Prize winning playwright and novelist, Gerhart Johann Hauptmann... more



Wang Bing: Crude Oil

Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014

Stephenson Works

Wang Bing’s epic fourteen-hour film follows the long working day of crude oil extractors in China’s remote Qinghai province. This used to be the country’s poorest... more


Salvatore Arancio: Cathedral

Sat 1 March – Sat 10 May 2014

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA)

Cathedral is a single screen film and sound work filmed and recorded at Fingal’s Cave, a geological formation on the uninhabited island of... more


Guided Tour: oto-date Newcastle

Sat 1 March 2014, 10.30am–12.30pm

Meet outside Castle Keep

Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda presented a guided tour of some of the locations that are part of... more


Wang Bing: West of the Tracks Part I: Rust

Sat 1 March 2014, 1–5.15pm

Tyneside Cinema

Wang Bing’s three-part, nine-hour portrait of industrial decline is considered the most monumental achievement in the Chinese... more



Michael Snow: La Région Centrale

Sat 1 March 2014, 1.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

This 1971 masterpiece of experimental cinema, presents the landscape in a way never seen before by the human eye... more


Akio Suzuki: Solo Performance

Sat 1 March 2014, 6-7pm

Castle Keep

This is the first opening weekend live performance by Akio Suzuki, who also presents a solo exhibition and oto-date project at the Festival. Known as a pioneer of... more


Bruce McClure: Showshadows Surrounded by Obscurity

Sat 1 March 2014

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Level 1

Bruce McClure’s immersive 16mm projector performances use the phenomena of visual flicker... more


A talk by Bruce McClure

Sun 2 March 2014, 10.30am–12pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Level 1

This talk by artist Bruce McClure, revisited his 16mm projector performance from the... more



Wang Bing: West of the Tracks Part II: Remnants

Sun 2 March 2014, 12–3pm

Tyneside Cinema

Wang Bing’s three-part, nine-hour portrait of industrial decline is considered the most monumental achievement in the Chinese... more


The Otolith Group: Medium Earth

Sun 2 March 2014, 1.45pm

Tyneside Cinema

Medium Earth is a visual essay on the millennial time of geology and the seismic psyche of the state of California. It focuses on... more


Jessica Warboys & Morten Norbye Halvorsen

Sun 2 March 2014, 3pm and 4pm

Laing Art Gallery

Jessica Warboys and Morten Norbye Halvorsen performed within Warboy’s solo exhibition... more


Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda

Sun 2 March 2014, 7–10pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Level 1

The second live performance by Akio Suzuki is a duo with fellow artist Aki Onda. This extended durational performance... more



Bill Morrison and Jóhann Jóhannsson: The Miners' Hymns

Wed 5 March 2014, 7.30pm

Sage Gateshead

Forma and Sage Gateshead present a live performance of The Miners’ Hymns by American artist... more


Lee Patterson: Orefield

Fri 14 March 2014, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm)

Sage Gateshead

Orefield explores the North Pennines lead mining industry, an industry prevalent until its decline began in the late... more


John Butcher and Rhodri Davies: Roughting Linn

Fri 14 March 2014, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm) 

Sage Gateshead

This new performance by the duo John Butcher (saxophone) and Rhodri Davies (harp)... more


Common Objects: Cup and Ring

Sat 15 March 2014, 8pm

The Mining Institute

Common Objects is an ensemble of composers and improvisers lead by harpist Rhodri Davies including: John Butcher (saxophone... more



Chris Watson: Searching for Diamonds

Sat 15 March and Sat 22 March 2014

Low Newton Carpark

These sound walks with Chris Watson explore the particular sounds stored along... more


Chris Watson: Dunstanburgh Diamonds

Sun 16 March 2014, 7.45 (doors 7.15pm)

Sage Gateshead

This new commission by Chris Watson captures the voices and rhythms locked inside... more 


Richard Skelton and Elysian Quartet

Sun 23 March 2014, 8pm

Brinkburn Priory

Richard Skelton is an artist who creates music, text and assemblages resulting from a deep, sustained engagement... more


Wang Bing: West of the Tracks - Part III: Rails

Mon 3 March 2014, 5.45–8.15pm

Tyneside Cinema

Wang Bing’s three-part, nine-hour portrait of industrial decline is considered the most... more



Wang Bing: Coal Money

Tue 4 March 2014, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

This short documentary follows a convoy of trucks on the coal road linking the Shanxi mines with the large port of Tianjin, in northern China. Along the route we... more


Wang Bing: Man with No Name

Tue 4 March 2014, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Man with No Name is an intimate portrait of an anonymous man living in a deserted wasteland in an unnamed part of China. He lives in an underground... more


Noël Burch & Allan Sekula: The Forgotten Space

Wed 5 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

This epic essay film journeys around the world, to the ports of Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Bilbao, to construct a... more


Nicolas Rey: SCHUSS!

Thu 6 March 2014, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Nicolas Rey's first feature begins as a documentary about everyday life in a French ski resort. Gradually the film's attention shifts to the dominant presence of the... more



Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi: Pays Barbare

Fri 7 March 2014, 8.45pm 

Tyneside Cinema

This new work selects and edits recently discovered Italian colonial films of the 1920s and 1930s, to show the atrocities of... more


Gabriel Abrantes: Palacios de Pena

Sat 8 March 2014, 11.30am

Star and Shadow Cinema

In a parable on guilt and oppression, which alludes to aspects of Portuguese colonial history, two cousins... more


Sven Augustijnen: Spectres

Sat 8 March 2014, 2pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Fifty years after his assassination, Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of the newly independent Congo, is back to haunt Belgium. Through commemorations... more


Duncan Campbell: It for Others

Sat 8 March 2014, 5pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Duncan Campbell has taken Chris Marker and Alain Resnais’ 1953 film Les Statues meurent aussi (Statues also Die) as both source and artefact, to pursue a... more



Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi: Images of the East, Barbaric Tourism

Sat 8 March 2014, 9pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

The filmmakers use footage shot in India by tourists in the late 1920s to illustrate the elitist attitudes... more


Gabriel Abrantes: A History of Mutual Respect, Liberdade, Ornithes

Sun 9 March 2014, 11am

Star and Shadow Cinema

Shot in Portugal, Brazil and Argentina, A History of Mutual Respect, 2010, responds to... more


Mathieu Kleyebe Abbonenc with Will Rose: Africa Addio

Sun 9 March 2014, 2pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Made in 1966 by Italian filmmakers Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco E. Prosperi, Africa Addio is a shock-documentary... more


Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi: Electric Fragments Nos. 4, 5: Asia-Africa

Sun 9 March 2014, 5.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Archival material from the 1970s reveals social problems in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kashmir... more



Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi: From the Pole to the Equator

Sun 9 March 2014, 8.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

This experimental film is drawn from the 1910 archives of Luca Comerio a pioneering... more


The Otolith Group: The Radiant

Mon 10 March 2014, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

On March 11, 2011, the Great Tohoku Earthquake struck the northeast coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami that killed tens of thousands and caused the... more


Kaoru Ikeya: Roots

Tue 11 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

The UK premiere of this tender and humorous film about Naoshi, a 79 year old lumber man from the Kesen district, won awards at the Berlin Film Festival... more


Michael Madsen: Into Eternity

Wed 12 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

Into Eternity is an award-winning documentary about long-term safety issues in nuclear energy production. The film is set at ’Onkalo’ the world’s... more



Nikolaus Geyrhalter: Pripyat

Thu 13 March 2014, 6pm 

Tyneside Cinema

After the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986, a 20-mile restricted zone was erected around the nuclear power plant, and 116,000 people were evacuated from the area... more


J.P. Sniadecki, Huang Xiang, Xu Ruotao: Yumen

Mon 17 March 2014, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Set in the largely abandoned town of Yumen in China’s western Gansu province, a once-thriving, oil-rich community in the 1980s... more


Ulrike Franke & Michael Loeken: Losers and Winners

Tue 18 March 2014, 7.30pm 

Star and Shadow Cinema

For one and a half years, the filmmakers watched the most modern coke factory in the world, located in Germany’s... more


Rachel Boynton: Big Men

Wed 19 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

This UK premiere follows Big Men’s acclaimed debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. It documents Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy between 2007 and 2011... more



Andreas Horvath: Earth's Golden Playground

Thu 20 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

The UK premiere of this new documentary by Andreas Horvath depicts a modern day gold rush. Set in the legendary Klondike... more


Pat Collins: Silence

Fri 21 March 2014, 8.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

Silence follows the journey of a sound recordist returning to Ireland for the first time in 15 years, to record landscapes free from man-made sound... more


Pat Collins: Tim Robinson: Connemara

Sat 22 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

The artist, writer and cartographer Tim Robinson has been extensively mapping and studying Connemara, in the west of Ireland, for... more


Kief Davidson & Richard Ladkani: The Devil's Miner

Mon 24 March 2014, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

The Devil's Miner follows two brothers as they work in the Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico, in which over eight million... more



Adrien Lecouturier: Fiebres

Tue 25 March 2014, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

This atmospheric new film by Adrien Lecouturier is set on the high Amazonian plateaus of Venezuela, amongst the gold and diamond mines. Fiebres follows the... more


Victor Lopes: Serra Pelada – The Legend of the Gold Mountain

Wed 26 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

The UK premiere of Serra Pelada follows its recent debut at the Rio International Film Festival... more


Wang Bing: The Ditch

Thu 27 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

The Ditch focuses on the suffering of thousands of Chinese deported for re-education in the Jiabiangou forced labour camp in the Gobi Desert between 1957 and... more


Test Dept at Dunston Staiths

Thu 27 – Sun 30 March 2014

Boarding at River Escapes Pontoon, Newcastle Quayside

Seminal industrial music group Test Dept returns with a world premiere for the closing weekend of the Festival. This large-scale outdoor event takes place at the... more