Saturday 19 March

AV FESTIVAL 2016: MEANWHILE, WHAT ABOUT SOCIALISM? (PART ONE)
Sat 27 February – Sun 27 March 2016

Socialism was the most looked-up word in 2015. Largely attributable to the popularity of US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party, it reflects a year of political alternatives becoming reality.

George Orwell’s polemical book The Road to Wigan Pier is the thematic framework for the next two editions of AV Festival. Eighty-years ago in 1936, Orwell was commissioned by the Left Book Club to write on the depressed areas of the North of England and spent two months living in the industrial North. The book is his account of working-class life amidst growing social injustice, poverty, unemployment and class division. The experience clarified his ideas about socialism, concluding that the basis for a democratic socialism is equality and fairness.

Mirroring the structure of the book the 2016 edition of the Festival is Part One followed by Part Two in 2018, representing a new way of curating a biennial Festival. AV Festival 2016 initiates this approach, presenting work by artists and filmmakers who situate themselves in relation to historic and contemporary political struggle, revolution and social movements, creating new forms of resistance to neoliberal capitalism.

Festival Director: Rebecca Shatwell


Thomas Spence

27 February – 27 March 2016 

The Lit & Phil

Thomas Spence, one of the leading English revolutionaries of the late eighteenth century, was born in 1750 on Newcastle’s Quayside. ‘Spence’s Plan’... more


The Socialist Café: Amber Films

27 February – 27 March 2016

The Mining Institute

As Orwell was making his journey across the industrial North, in 1930s Newcastle the Socialist Café in the Royal Arcade became a meeting ground... more


Tyneside Story: Jack Common

27 February – 27 March 2016

The Mining Institute

This propaganda film about the re-opening of the Tyneside shipyards during World War Two was made for the Ministry of Information in 1944, with a script... more


Hugo Canoilas

27 February – 27 March 2016

Workplace Gallery

This new installation by Hugo Canoilas creates a tension between the past and present, making it contemporary ‘like a knife with two blades’. It brings... more



Madhusudhanan: The Marx Archive - Logic of Disappearance

27 February – 27 March 2016 

BALTIC 39

The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance is an ongoing project rooted in... more


Pallavi Paul: Trilogy

27 February – 27 March 2016 

BALTIC 39

In her trilogy of films – Nayi Kheti (New Harvest) 2013, Shabdkosh (A Dictionary), 2013, and Long Hair, Short Ideas, 2014 – Pallavi Paul... more


Haim Sokol: Testimony

27 February – 27 March 2016

The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema

Haim Sokol’s work deals with issues of memory, history and trauma, specifically those histories that have been hidden, forgotten or oppressed. The… more


Tim Brennan: Crusade

27 February – 27 March 2016

Vane

In summer 1996, artist Tim Brennan spent 25 days walking 298 miles along the route of the Jarrow Crusade, the famous protest march that took... more



Claire Fontaine

27 February – 27 March 2016

Vane

Claire Fontaine has adopted the term human strike to define a type of strike that involves the whole of life, echoing Foucault’s statement that... more


Dan Perjovschi

27 February – 27 March 2016

NewBridge Project Space

Known for drawing with felt pen directly onto the walls and windows of galleries in-situ during exhibitions, Dan Perjovschi’s installations take... more


R.E.P. (Revolutionary Experimental Space)

27 February – 27 March 2016 

Gallery North

R.E.P. was formed in Kyiv in 2004 – the decade of their existence framed by the Orange Revolution of that year and the... more


Left Book Club

27 February – 27 March 2016

NewBridge Bookshop

During the Festival, NewBridge Bookshop becomes the Left Book Club, a reading room and meeting point, influenced by the original Left... more



Felix Sobolev: The Target is Your Brain

Sat 19 March, 12.45pm (56min + Q&A)

Tyneside Cinema

‘This film is about a plot against reason. The target is your brain’. Sobolev's last... more


Levels of Democracy

Sat 19 March, 2.50pm (100min + Q&A)

Tyneside Cinema

Rare short films made during perestroika, when documentary film could again have a social and political role... more


Sergei Loznitsa: The Event

Sat 19 March, 5.45pm (74min + Director Q&A)

Tyneside Cinema

Loznitsa’s new film is a found-footage epic about the failed coup of August 1991 that signaled the fall of the... more


Test Dept: Live soundtrack to Mikhail Kaufman's film An Unprecedented Campaign

Sat 19 March, 9pm (71min + Q&A)

Tyneside Cinema

The proletariat, having become master of one sixth... more