AV FESTIVAL 14: OPENING WEEKEND
Sat 1 March 2014 – Sun 2 March 2014

Our opening weekend introduces the Festival theme of extraction through a series of special concerts, film screenings, performances, talks and guided tours.

It highlights the work of sound artist Akio Suzuki with site specific performances at the Castle Keep, a duo with Aki Onda at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and a guided tour of his oto-date sites across Newcastle. The weekend also sees the start of our Festival focus on Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing.

Films by The Otolith Group and Michael Show connect the geologic and cinematic, revealing the natural landscape in new ways. This is continued by the world premiere of a new 16mm performance by America artist Bruce McClure, which brings to life Robert Smithson’s 1971 proposal for a truly underground cinema cavern.


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 RĂ©gion 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