FESTIVAL LAUNCH AND OPENING WEEKEND
Fri 26 – Sun 28 February 2016

The Festival launches on Fri 26 February at The Mining Institute Library with a short introduction to the Festival theme and programme, followed by the preview of the Festival Exhibition in venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.

The Opening Weekend includes talks with exhibiting artists Claire Fontaine, Dan Perjovschi, R.E.P., Haim Sokol, Hugo Canoilas and Pallavi Paul. Special events over the weekend include the UK premiere of two international feature films with the directors and producers in attendance. No Place For Fools by Oleg Mavromatti reveals how individual life is affected by politics in capitalist Russia; whilst Quarter 4/11 by Ranu Ghosh is about human displacement and resilience amidst accelerated capitalism in India today.

On Sat 27 February we present the UK premiere of Roee Rosen’s performance concert Buried Alive, an elaborate satire in which the childlike avatar of Vladimir Putin is murdered by animated objects. Durational gallery-based performances take place on Sunday 28 February with Haim Sokol presenting a live reading of a text work reflecting the ongoing post-Holocaust politics of exclusion and racism in society today; and Tim Brennan reads from the personal diary of his walk along the route of the Jarrow Crusade.


Festival Launch and Exhibition Preview

Friday 26 February, 6pm–1am

Various Venues

The Festival launches in The Mining Institute Library with a short introduction to the Festival theme, Meanwhile, what... more


Gallery Talk: Thomas Spence

Sat 27 Feb, 10–11am

The Lit & Phil

Gallery talk led by Alastair Bonnett co-editor of the recent publication Thomas Spence: The Poor Man’s Revolutionary and Professor of... more


Artist Talk: Haim Sokol and R.E.P.

Sat 27 Feb, 11.30am–12.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

In conversation event with the Kyiv-based artist collective R.E.P. and Moscow-based artist Haim Sokol, both artists will discuss their practice... more


Artist Talk: Claire Fontaine

Sat 27 Feb, 12.45–1.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

Claire Fontaine present an illustrated talk about their work and the term human strike. Claire Fontaine has adopted the term human strike to... more



Artist Talk: Hugo Canoilas

Sat 27 Feb, 2.15–3pm

Workplace Gallery

Taking place at the gallery, Hugo Canoilas discusses the interconnection of things within his work from political texts on Marxism to... more


Artist Talk: Dan Perjovschi

Sat 27 Feb, 3.45–4.45pm

NewBridge Project Space

Join artist Dan Perjovschi for an informal discussion and coffee break in the gallery space. During the opening weekend he is working in-situ... more


Oleg Mavromatti: No Place for Fools

Sat 27 Feb, 5.30pm (82min + Q&A)

Tyneside Cinema

Resurrecting the tradition of the holy fool, the film draws a shockingly critical portrait of Russia’s darkest side... more


Special Event: Roee Rosen: Buried Alive

Sat 27 Feb, 8.30–10.30pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

In the performance concert Buried Alive visual artist Roee Rosen has created an elaborate... more



Artist Talk: Pallavi Paul

Sun 28 Feb, 11am–12pm

Tyneside Cinema

Pallavi Paul discusses her approach to documentary film, in which she extricates the political from a language of nostalgia or mourning, to get... more


Haim Sokol: Testimony Reading

Sun 28 Feb, 12.30–3pm

The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema

Haim Sokol presents a live reading of a text work reflecting the ongoing post-Holocaust politics of exclusion and racism in society today. The text is based... more


Tim Brennan: A Red Shoe Diary #4

Sun 28 Feb, 3.15–5.15pm

Vane

Tim Brennan reads from the personal diary of his walk along the route of the Jarrow Crusade, re-activating the walk and... more


Ranu Ghosh: Quarter Number 4/11

Sun 28 Feb, 5.45pm (69min + Q&A)

Tyneside Cinema

South City Project in Calcutta is Eastern India’s largest mixed-use real estate development... more