AV Festival is a leading international Festival of contemporary art, film and music, based in North East England. A biennial event, the Festival is thematically curated to engage audiences with current ideas across contemporary artistic practice and wider society.
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 highlights included:
Sat 1 March 2014 – Sun 2 March 2014
The opening weekend introduces the Festival theme of extraction through a series of special concerts, film screenings, performances, talks and guided tours.
Wang Bing – Industrial Films
Sat 1 March 2014 – Mon 31 March 2014
The Festival special focus on Wang Bing includes three UK premieres of his films Crude Oil, West of the Tracks and Man with No Name alongside regional premieres of The Ditchand Coal Money.
Wang Bing is a leading figure of the documentary movement within Chinese cinema over the last decade. His films offer profound meditations on history, industry and human suffering caused by the inexorable progress of modern China, forging a rare intimacy with everyday life.
Wed 5 March 2014 – Wed 26 March 2014
The Festival film programme consists of weekly screenings, a special weekend on Postcolonial Cinema, and a focus on Wang Bing including three UK premieres of his films. The Postcolonial Cinema Weekend welcomes leading filmmakers in person to screen their rarely seen films, which address the complex histories of past colonial inequalities.
Postcolonial Cinema Weekend
Fri 7 March 2014 – Sun 9 March 2014
This special weekend welcomes leading filmmakers in person to screen their rarely seen work. The focus on postcolonial cinema explores the complex histories and material traces of past colonial inequalities through contemporary strategies across documentary and fiction including: manipulation of archival footage, re-construction, re-enactment and the essay-film. Each filmmaker addresses the very real ghosts of the colonial past.
The weekend includes the regional premiere screening of twelve films in person by filmmakers: Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi (Italy), Gabriel Abrantes (Portugal), Duncan Campbell (Scotland), Sven Augustijnen (Belgium) and Mathieu Kleybe Abonnenc (French Guiana/Paris).
Each screening is accompanied with a Q&A featuring the filmmakers and artists.
For more information and the full festival programme, visit the AV Festival website.