COVER

AV Festival 06 is the UK’s newest, and largest, international festival
of digital arts, music, electronic art, game...
FESTIVAL CONSULTANTS
AV Expressions of Interest Selection Panel: Sarah Cook, Sally Jane Norman, Ele Carpenter, Alistair Ro...
Christo Wallers: Queens Hall Arts
Centre, Hexham
Dave Evans, Paul Bordner: Laser
Reproductions
Debenhams Middlesbrough
Dia...
WELCOME
The AV Festival is back and livelier than ever before.

The AV Festival is the UK’s newest and largest, internatio...
laboratory, growing artworks made of living tissue. At the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Andy Gracie &
Brian Lee Y...
AV FESTIVAL PASS
The best way to get the most out of AV at the very best value is to buy a festival pass. This costs £25 a...
Thursday 2 March
NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

RADIO:
Celestial Radio by Neil Bromwich & Zoe Walker
17.00 - 22.00
Where: River Tyne,...
SUNDERLAND
STREET LIFE:
Wonderland by Claire Davies
(World Premiere)
17.00 - 00.00
Where: National Glass Centre,
When: Thu...
Friday 3 March
NEWCASTLEGATEHEAD

LATE NIGH T LIFE:
AV Opening Gala
Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime night as AV takes ove...
working today. Carsten’s label, Raster-Noton, and his own albums; Infinity (1997), Telefunken (2000), and his recent criti...
Saturday 4 March
NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

FILM / FAMILY LIFE:
Iron Giant dir. Brad Bird
(USA, 1999, cert. U, 83min)

10.00
Wher...
In RoboticMusic you will experience an ensemble of five percussion robots: a gong, bass drum, tom-toms, snare drum with cy...
graphics, short films, animations, music promos, and also experimental works. Expect a real variety of challenging work wh...
LIVE CONCERT /LATE NIGHT LIFE:
2020 by NAME
20.30 - LATE
Where: Dance City, Newcastle
How Much: £4
Tickets/Info: 0191 232 ...
Sunday 5 March
NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

WORKSHOP / FAMILY LIFE:
Shadow Play
Where: The Sage Gateshead
When: Saturday 4, Sunday ...
includes an exclusive pre-concert on-stage interview with Michael Nyman by bio-ethicist Dr Tom Shakespeare. www.mnrecords....
Monday 6 March
NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

WORKSHOP / FAMILY LIFE:
Shadow Play
10.00 – 11.30 – 13.00 – 14.30 – 16.00
Where: The Sa...
SEMINAR:
Let Me Tell You A Story
13.00 – 15.00
Where: The Sage Gateshead
How Much: Free, but book early to avoid disappoin...
SUNDERLAND
FILM:
LifeLike Short Films Various Artists
(2005. cert 15.)

18.00
Where: Sunderland University
How Much: Both ...
Tuesday 7 March
NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

FILM :
Star & Shadow Short Films Various Artists, curated by Ray White
18.00
Where: Ty...
21:00 - late D-fuse Undercurrent live performance & party


EXHIBITION /FAMILY LIFE:
The Autotelematic Spider Bots by Ken ...
EXHIBITION:
Swell by Anthony McCall
(World premiere)

19.00 - 20.00
Where: Reg Vardy Gallery
When: Opening Event Tuesday 7...
This performance of Undercurrent is co-produced with the University of Sunderland’s s/LAB and is supported by Arts Council...
Wednesday 8 March
NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

SEMINAR:
The Creativity Summit
14.00 - 17.00
Where: Centre for Life
How Much: £20 / ...
Cone and Four Projected Movements. Having made his mark throughout the 1970’s he withdrew from making art, returning to ga...
Thursday 9 March
NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

FILM :
LifeLike Short Films Various Artists
(2005. cert 15.)

16.00
Where: Tyneside C...
MIDDLESBROUGH

SEMINAR:
GameHorizon: Show Some Emotion
15.00 – 18.00
Where: Cineworld, Marton Leisure Park, Middlesbrough
...
Friday 10 March
NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

FILM :
Blade Runner Dir. Ridley Scott
(USA, 1982, cert. 15, 117mins)

20.00
Where: Tyn...
When: Friday 10 - Saturday 11 March
How Much: £30 for whole symposium, £20 for day ticket (or £20/£15 if booked before 10 ...
EXHIBITION:
Planesong by James Hutchinson
19.30
Where: Gallery TS1
When: Friday 10 - Sunday 12 March
How Much: free
Ticket...
Saturday 11 March
NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

FILM / FAMILY LIFE :
Osmosis Jones Dir. Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly
(USA, 2001 c...
of risk keep people from ever actually experiencing what it is to live. Allen poses as a domestic robot, and in an oddball...
Speakers include: Oron Catts, Tissue Culture and Art Project (Australia); Andy Gracie, Artist (Spain / UK); Dr Jill Scott,...
Sunday 12 March
NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

RADIO :
Celestial Radio by Neil Bromwich & Zoe Walker
Where: River Tyne, Outside Pitch...
AV Festival 06 is the UK's newest, and largest, international
AV Festival 06 is the UK's newest, and largest, international
AV Festival 06 is the UK's newest, and largest, international
AV Festival 06 is the UK's newest, and largest, international
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  1. 1. COVER AV Festival 06 is the UK’s newest, and largest, international festival of digital arts, music, electronic art, games, film and new media 2-12 March 2006 NewcastleGateshead Sunderland Middlesbrough www.avfest.co.uk / Box Office 0191 232 8289 / info@avfest.co.uk INSIDER COVER THANKS AND CREDITS AV JOINT PARTNERSHIP Mark Dobson, Tyneside Cinema, Jenny Hall, Middlesbrough Council, Kari Vickers, Sunderland Council, Janice Webster, University of Teesside FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Honor Harger FESTIVAL MANAGER Fiona Fitzpatrick @ Tyneside Cinema TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Tom Cullen ASSOCIATE TECHNICAL DIRECTORS Dan Adams @ The Sage Gateshead John Smith FUNDRISING OFFICER Danielle Pender TREASURER Gillian Wood @ Tyneside Cinema MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Cait Read, Manager Jonny Tull and Quey Craddock @ Tyneside Cinema Clare Watson @ Newcastle City Council PROJECT MANAGERS Michelle Hirschhorn Dianne Bowell Caroline Pearce EDUCATION & OUTREACH Alina Trewitt, Holli McGuire, Katherine Anderson & Julie Ballands @ Tyneside Cinema Kerrie Page, Middlesbrough Arts Development, Amanda Gould @ Sunderland Council FESTIVAL ASSISTANTS Alison Stockwell, Chris Thompson, Charlie Bennett, Antonella Mele VOLUNTEERS COORDINATOR Adam Thomas
  2. 2. FESTIVAL CONSULTANTS AV Expressions of Interest Selection Panel: Sarah Cook, Sally Jane Norman, Ele Carpenter, Alistair Robinson, Sharon Bailey, AV Partnership. Short film programme Curator Ray White, LifeLike Short Films Curator Tom Bland, Festival Curatorial Advisor Amanda McDonald Crowley PRESS RELATIONS Nicky Mamuj and Suhaine Stevens @ WhiteHotComms.com Clare Wilford (clare.wilford@virgin.net) GUIDE COPYWRITER Tamzin Mackie PRINT TRAFFIC Robert Hope FESTIVAL ART DIRECTION & DESIGN Multistorey www.multistorey.net WEBSITE BUILD David McClure @ Velcrobelly.co.uk FEATURE FILM PROGRAMME Stephanie Little @ Northern Lights Film Festival Damian Spandley Gail Nina Anderson AV WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR COLLABORATORS All our colleagues at The Sage Gateshead, especially Ros Rigby, Tamsin Austin, Katherine Pearson, Emily Till, Helen Fussell All our colleagues at the University of Teesside, especially Tony Chapman, Zulf Ali, Catherine Iles, Jeanne Moore & Andrea Abbas All our colleagues at the Tyneside Cinema Alistair Robinson: The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art David Metcalfe, Iain Pate, Kamal Ackerie, Hannah Civico, Ele Forsyth: Forma Graham Ramsay: Ten Feet Tall Grainne Sweeney, Steve Cowie, Alison Atkinson, Suzy O’Harasheader: The National Glass Centre Keith Whittle, Leigh Johnson, Alison Steel: University of Sunderland Judith Winter: Middlesbrough Institute for Modern Art Juliet Horsley, Jo Cunningham, Emma Pybus: Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens Nicola Triscott: The Arts Catalyst Nik Barerra, Andrew Nixon: Name Rob Blackson: The Reg Vardy Gallery Sarah Cook, Beryl Graham: CRUMB Sharon Bailey, Clymene Christoforou, Adinda van’t Klooster: ISIS Arts AV COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT: Andrew Rothwell: Newcastle City Council Lorna Partington, Tom Harvey: Northern Film & Media Rebecca Shatwell, Mark Robinson: The Arts Council of England Sophie Lee, Simon King, Nina Cliff: Codeworks Stella Hall, Carol Bell, Suzanne Goulding, Nicola Short & colleagues: NewcastleGateshead Initiative AV ACKNOLEDGES THE KIND SUPPORT OF: Alison Flanagan-Wood: Newcastle Arts Development Office Andrew Fletcher, David Jobe: Newcastle Central Library Anaïs Emery: Utopiales Festival, Nantes Arts Centre Washington Beverley Ogle BHS Middlesbrough
  3. 3. Christo Wallers: Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham Dave Evans, Paul Bordner: Laser Reproductions Debenhams Middlesbrough Dianne Scott & colleagues: CCAD John Archer Ken Gracey: Parallax Inc Ross Baldwin Tees Valley Creative Partnerships Throckley Community Centre Management Committee Ben Hall, Arc Peter Aldcroft, Robson Brown Stage Electrics AV EXTENDS A SPECIAL PERSONAL THANKS TO: All our brilliant volunteers Bev Briggs Carol Cooke Richard Fenwick Patrick Gyger Ruth Plater Tom Shakespeare AV Festival is based on an original idea developed by Jeff Cleverley
  4. 4. WELCOME The AV Festival is back and livelier than ever before. The AV Festival is the UK’s newest and largest, international festival of digital arts and music, electronic art, games, film and new media. AV Festival 06 is about vibrant audio and visual experiences, experiences that will entertain you, maybe frighten you and certainly make you question the way the modern world is turning out to be. The theme of AV Festival 06 is life — though it’s life not quite as we know it. You will see the very stuff of our existence portrayed, remixed and even made from scratch by some of finest international artists in the world and by some of the talented artists that we have right here in the North East of England. We have art happening in galleries, clubs, concert halls, cinemas, schools and even on the outside of buildings across the region. Why is the festival exploring life? Because advances in genetic engineering, bioscience and nanotechnology that not long ago seemed purely the stuff of science fiction are now real. On top of that we are all already increasingly swapping our ‘real’ lives for artificial realities, lived virtually in online communities and games. And a great deal of this is happening right here on our doorstep. A hundred years ago the North East of England was the crucible of technical innovation in the industrial revolution. Today, we are at the international leading edge of the biotechnical revolution, with pioneering work happening here. Many of the world’s leading artists are already grappling with this science and it has implications for us all. LifeLike – AV Festival 06 will remind us all that life is so much more than just breathing in and out! DIRECTOR'S INTRODUCTION Our perceptions of what life is, when it starts and ends and how it works have been transformed by science and technology. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, it seemed that the greatest challenges to our perceptions of life might come from technological advances. Cinema showed us visions of artificially intelligent robots on such a regular basis that the notion of lifelike technology became almost commonplace. AV Festival 06 features a range of work which vividly shows how technological creations can mimic, impersonate and simulate life. Japanese musician Suguru Goto presents his extraordinary robot musicians at The Sage Gateshead. At Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Ken Rinaldo’s uncanny and seemingly alive spider-bots will live alongside the Museum’s collection of real spiders. One of Britain’s most important inventors, Steve Grand, will discuss his own lifelike robotic child in a special edition of Café Scientifique, and the BHS Building in Middlesbrough will be transformed by Mariuz Watz’s artificially alive software drawing machines. A specially curated strand of films will explore the way that cinema has delivered us a vision of lifelike technology through perennial classics like Blade Runner, and The Stepford Wives and dazzling and dizzying new wave films from Asia such as Natural City and Casshern. On screen, in the gallery and in the concert hall, machines will come to life in AV Festival 06. But the festival goes beyond a mere technological exploration of life. We are interested not just in the way that silicon circuits manifest simulations of life, or imitations of intelligence, but in the way that biological life itself has been manufactured and mutated inside laboratories. Our festival explores the way that biotechnology, genetic engineering and cloning have swiftly and radically altered the way we imagine life. When the human genome was sensationally revealed in 2001, we had for the first time a genetic portrait of ourselves. From this moment onwards possibilities imagined by writers, filmmakers and artists became plausible reality. Genes, it seemed, could be programmed as easily as computers. Life could be designed. The reality portrayed by Andrew Niccol in his film Gattaca leapt suddenly closer. In one of the highlights of the festival, AV presents the score of that film, composed by eminent composer Michael Nyman and played live by Northern Sinfonia. In this major new concert entitled Orchestrating the Genome, Nyman will present and perform three works that explore biotechnical science. This audio-visual event also marks the world premiere of a new video work by Nyman and London based video group, Yeast. In the biotechnical age, artists are making laboratories their new studios, fashioning artworks from the very fabric of life. AV Festival 06 features the work of Australian artists, Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr who create sculptures inside the
  5. 5. laboratory, growing artworks made of living tissue. At the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Andy Gracie & Brian Lee Yung Rowe show an installation made of living bacteria and plants. Claire Davies shows us the secret life of plants, as seen by nanotechnology, in a projection onto the exterior of the National Glass Centre. AV Festival 06 will also present a strand of films which illustrate how genetic science can be manipulated to alter or control society, as seen in Gattaca itself, Graham Robertson’s cloning biopic, Able Edwards, and Michael Winterbottom’s genetic romance, Code 46. Though cinema’s biotechnological scenarios may seem fanciful to us, the real life predicament of artist Steve Kurtz from the Critical Art Ensemble reminds us that life can often imitate art. In a story which reads disturbingly like the plot of a science-fiction film, Kurtz found himself under arrest for bioterrorism in the USA in 2004, after the tragic death of his wife. Artwork using harmless bacterial cultures provided authorities with spurious evidence for his charges. The Critical Art Ensemble will premiere their new work, Marching Plague at AV festival 06, tracing the history of biowarfare and terrorism. In parallel with these audiovisual depictions of life science, AV Festival 06 shows us how our concept of daily life has been transformed. In Middlesbrough, workshops, seminars and exhibitions reveal how computer games are increasingly places where life is lived. At The Sage Gateshead, Ryoji Ikeda’s hypnotic audiovisual performances c4I and newly commissioned data.matrix reduce nature to data. Gina Czarnecki’s enticing outdoor projection onto Newcastle’s Civic Centre building presents us with an image of the human body mutated by future biotechnological possibilities. LifeLike – AV Festival 06 celebrates life in its widest, deepest, most provocative sense. It examines the boundaries of what is ‘natural’ and what is ‘synthetic’, and how life is shifting, evolving and mutating. We will show how artists and scientists are fabricating new life-forms, and changing the world in which we live. Honor Harger Director, AV Festival 06 HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE There is a lot going on in the festival. Ten days, across three major towns, events happening from 10am till 2am and we wouldn’t want you to miss anything. Everything in AV on a day-by-day basis. Its also colour coded so everything happening in NewcastleGateshead is pink, everything taking place in Sunderland is blue and everything in Middlesbrough is yellow. We have tried as far as possible to make sure that each event finishes in time to enable you to get to the start of the next event in the same town in time. This hasn’t always been possible — but we have tried! If your interest is just music or just films then the guide also tries to label each event as to what it ‘does on the tin’ e.g. film, exhibition, concert and you can also see the works listed by type in the event index on pages 50 and 51. But be warned that some of the work combines these conventional art forms in unexpected ways. This is part of the point of the AV Festival, so enjoy the surprises when you discover them. There are lots of fun activities at AV for kids — many of them hands-on. They are labelled as Family Life and we have given guidance as to the ages which the events are aimed at. Each event explains its venue, its time and its ticket prices — lots are free — and each venue is shown on the three city maps at the back. All the latest information about AV Festival 06 including last minute exciting additions to the programme will be updated on the website at www.avfest.co.uk. If you have a specific question about the AV programme please email us at info@avfest.co.uk. If it’s a more specific question about access to or the venue, ring them direct using the numbers listed in the venue index beneath the maps on pages 43-45. BUYING TICKETS You can book centrally here at the AV Festival Box Office on 0191 232 8289 or at the individual venue where the venue’s box office number is included in the event listing.
  6. 6. AV FESTIVAL PASS The best way to get the most out of AV at the very best value is to buy a festival pass. This costs £25 and is available from the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle and Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office. The AV Festival pass allows you free access to many one-off events, premieres, workshops, and talks throughout AV Festival 06. You will also receive personal invites to many special festival events, exclusive receptions and parties. And the pass will get you free access to all AV films at the Tyneside Cinema, and the film screenings in Middlesbrough and Sunderland. You’ll also get discounts on the AV events taking place at The Sage Gateshead. Passholders will get free cocktails at the AV Festival bar, Agora, 1 Side, Newcastle and discounts at many great bars and restaurants across the region including Café Sassari, Middlesbrough. More great pass-holder privileges will be announced shortly. Call into the Tyneside Cinema or call 0191 232 8289 to buy your pass or email info@avfest.co.uk for more information.
  7. 7. Thursday 2 March NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD RADIO: Celestial Radio by Neil Bromwich & Zoe Walker 17.00 - 22.00 Where: River Tyne, Outside Pitcher & Piano. When: Thursday 2 - Sunday 12 March How Much: free Info: 0191 232 8289 Broadcasting from the glittering mirror tiled boat, the Celeste, Celestial Radio is on a voyage around the coast of Britain in search of the answers to life’s big questions. Arriving from the Essex marshes to anchor on the Tyne the AV Festival are proud to host the second ever broadcast from this unique vessel. This small yacht is covered in 50,000 mirror tiles, enabling it to broadcast light as well as sound waves. A Chameleon vessel the Celeste’s appearance will shift with the weather, at times appearing as a disco mirror ball at others a miniature stealth boat. You will be thoroughly engaged by the station’s equally unpredictable programme shifting from science, spirituality, music and chat. Celestial Radio is brought to you by internationally acclaimed artists Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich, who live in Berwick upon Tweed. The broadcast will be on FM and www.avfest.co.uk. Watch out for the release of the radio frequency online and in the local media. RADIO: Celestial Radio Launch Event by Neil Bromwich & Zoe Walker 18.00 Where: River Tyne, Outside Pitcher & Piano. When: Thursday 2 March 2006 How Much: free Info: 0191 232 8289 Come and Welcome The Celeste! Artists Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich’s spectacular mirror balled boat will be illuminated as it sails up the Tyne to arrive at the Millennium Bridge at 7pm on Thursday 2nd March 2006. Collect your FM headphones (from 6.30pm) at the Pitcher and Piano, Newcastle Quayside to have an exclusive preview of “How the Universe Synthesized Itself into Being”, a newly commissioned broadcast for AV06. Featuring an original new soundscape by Newcastle based musicians Zoviet France and interviews with scientists working in the field of bio-science at Newcastle’s Centre for Life. Join the artists, Zoë Walker and Neil Bromwich, for a drink in the upstairs bar at the Pitcher and Piano. STREET LIFE: Spine by Gina Czarnecki (World Premiere) 17.00 - 22.00 Where: Bell Tower of Newcastle Civic Centre When: Thursday 2 - Sunday 12 March How Much: free Info: 0191 232 8289 This is Gina Czarnecki’s first ever outdoor artwork and is so bewitching that when watching it you may lose all sense of space, time and purpose. More than 1000 images of naked dancers falling through space will run the length of Newcastle Civic Centre’s famous tower. Gina’s past work is directly influenced by her own harrowing experiences in an isolation unit, suspected of having contracted the deadly Ebola virus. Spine is part-biology, part-technology, and asks, what happens when the human genetic mix is corrupted? The dancers in the film are only just recognisable as human forms as she tinkers with real time: stretching, smearing and distorting it until the dancers’ bodies gradually become intertwined, turbulent and mutated fragments. Individual forms merge, creating a super organism. Fleeting impressions are left which look like mutant animals or spectres. Gina equates them to most like smoke, “leaving a trail of movement behind them”. The result is beautiful and disturbing at the same time. Prepare to be bewitched by it. Spine is produced by Forma and commissioned by AV Festival 06, co-produced with Australian Dance Theatre and supported by Arts Council England.
  8. 8. SUNDERLAND STREET LIFE: Wonderland by Claire Davies (World Premiere) 17.00 - 00.00 Where: National Glass Centre, When: Thursday 2 - 30 April How Much: free Info: 0191 232 8289 Nanotechnology is the creation of an unimaginably small technology — imagine micro robots — that will enter the most complex systems — say the human brain and beaver away mending things, or more seriously perhaps saving someone from cancer. Durham-based artist Claire Davies has worked with scientists at Northumbria University’s Advanced Materials Research Institute, where nanotechnology is being developed, on a new work which uses this technology. Wonderland is the resulting work, which is likely to be the closest you will get to being able to see in ‘nano-vision’. It is created from observing the surface of a plant petal through an atomic force microscope, and this unique instrument has a probe like a record player stylus to map the surface of objects. The detailed lines it produces are 100 nanometres wide (bear in mind a human hair is 50,000 nanometres wide). Claire has abstracted and animated this line, scaled it up and created a beautiful and unique evocation of the secret life of plants. In Wonderland these organic living lines will appear to draw themselves on the façade of Sunderland’s landmark National Glass Centre layer by layer and extend across the river through surface reflections. The title is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s concept of animated and talking flowers. Claire says: “I was inspired by the beauty of what no human is able to see without the aid of technology and wanted to make that visible.” MIDDLESBROUGH STREET LIFE: System C by Marius Watz (UK premiere) 17.00 - 23.00 Where: BHS Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough When: Thursday 2 - Sunday 12 March How Much: free Info: 01642 803434 System C by Marius Watz is part of a projection programme called mima offsite: Animated Drawings, which is put together by the Middlesbrough Institute for Modern Art. The programme also features animated drawings by artists from the past and present. Marius Watz’s work is borne from his experiences creating graphics for the international techno scene in the early 90s. He has written some unique software which creates ever changing designs, which appear to grow and change organically. He refers to his software as ‘drawing machines’, and sees the designs they make as drawings. Projected onto the side of Middlesbrough’s BHS building, curves will grow, twist and branch, forming tangled webs that resemble neuron pathways. The neon-like colours turn the shapes into explosions of light, before dissolving back into nothing. Animated Drawings is part of mima offsite programme by mima – the Middlesbrough Institute for Modern Art.
  9. 9. Friday 3 March NEWCASTLEGATEHEAD LATE NIGH T LIFE: AV Opening Gala Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime night as AV takes over The Sage Gateshead to present six and a half hours of audio visual excitement including world premieres of work by Ryoji Ikeda, Carsten Nicolai and hotshot VJs at the First Friday club night. The Sage Gateshead’s Concourses will be transformed by all manner of AV antics by and UMAMi artists and stunning new visual work by Marius Watz (who is also showing his work System C in Middlesbrough). SPECIAL OFFER : With an AV Pass, you can but buy a ticket to the AV Opening Gala & First Friday for just £18. LIVE CONCERT: Data Matrix (working title) & C4i by Ryoji Ikeda (World premiere) 19.30 - 21.00 Where: The Sage Gateshead How Much: £12/£6/£18 with AV gala deal Tickets/Info: 0191 44 3 4661 Ryoji Ikeda is one of the most radical and innovative composers in the world. His elegant and hypnotic audiovisual work is unparalleled. At AV, not only can you see his acclaimed work C4I,but you can also be the first in the world to see his brand new work data.matrix (working title) which AV has co- commissioned. These two large scale performance works explore the relationship between data and nature. Stunning video images of landscapes are gradually abstracted into pure data. The essence of nature is glorified by being reduced to pure mathematics, DNA data, and economics. Facts, figures and diagrams collide with nature to dazzling graphic impact. Projected onto a huge screen with Ikeda playing live in the acoustic perfection of The Sage Gateshead’s Hall One. This is one not-to-be-missed. data.matrix (working title only) is produced by forma, co-commissioned by AV and ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge and ISEA2006, and supported by Arts Council England. C41 is produced by forma, commissioned by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), Japan, 2004 and supported by Arts Council England. LIVE CONCERT / LATE NIGHT LIFE: Who Am I? by UMAMi, Preamptive, Retina Glitch & Grainy Collective (World Premiere) 20.30 - 02.00 Where: The Sage Gateshead How Much: Free with an AV Opening Gala Ticket or a ticket to First Friday Tickets/Info: 0191 44 3 4661 Without the inspiration and drive of Newcastle creative Jeff Cleverley there would have been no AV Festival in 2003 and so it’s fitting that UMAMi, his new collective of audio visual artists, take centre stage (literally) at the gala and transform the mighty concourse spaces of Norman Foster’s The Sage Gateshead. The pure whiteness of the space will be transformed into living, breathing, technicolour happenings with cutting edge projection technology from Projected Image Digital. VJ’s Preamptive, and Retina Glitch and a unique soundtrack score by Grainy Collective will take you on a fully immersive audio and visual journey. LIVE CONCERT / LATE NIGHT LIFE: First Friday featuring Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai) 21.30 - 02.00 Where: The Sage Gateshead How Much: £10 in advance £12 door. Tickets/Info: 0191 44 3 4661 The Sage Gateshead’s regular club night First Friday follows hot on the heels of Ikeda and UMAMi and is given an AV spin with an exclusive live performance by, alva noto (Carsten Nicolai). This Berlin-based sound artist and producer is one of the most innovative, experimental electronic musicians
  10. 10. working today. Carsten’s label, Raster-Noton, and his own albums; Infinity (1997), Telefunken (2000), and his recent critically acclaimed Transall series (2004) are a study in cool precise rhythmic structures with electronic glitches and clicks as essential elements of his music. These pared-down electronic sounds are mixed with hip-hop and R&B, combining scientific experiment with artistic enquiry and the dancefloor. First Friday will also include stunning film work, animations and graphics from Warp VJs and musicians such as, Flat E, Ultre, Tim Exile, Freeform, and Matt Pyke. The touring work of alva noto is managed and produced by forma (www.forma.org.uk)
  11. 11. Saturday 4 March NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD FILM / FAMILY LIFE: Iron Giant dir. Brad Bird (USA, 1999, cert. U, 83min) 10.00 Where: The Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/info: 0191 232 8289 This wonderful family film is based upon the 1968 story, Iron Man by the British poet laureate, Ted Hughes. The film is about a giant metal machine that drops from the sky and frightens a small town in Maine in 1958, only to find a friend named Hogarth, and find its humanity saving the towns people of their fears and prejudices. FILM / FAMILY LIFE: Valley of the Gwangi Dir. Jim O’Connolly (USA, 1969 cert. U. 96mins) 12.00 Where: The Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/info: 0191 232 8289 Halfway between Rio Bravo and Jurassic Park, this creature feature classic is brought to life by the stop-action special effects talents of the legendary Ray Harryhausen. In this family friendly film, members of a struggling Wild West show discover what will become their newest attraction in Mexico: a tiny prehistoric horse. Exploration into a nearby forgotten valley uncovers living dinosaurs, including the fearsome “Gwangi” — a dinosaur that the cowboys capture for exhibition. But as everyone knows, monsters in cages always break free, and soon enough, the beast is running amok. WORKSHOP /FAMILY LIFE: Shadow Play 10.00 – 11.30 – 13.00 – 14.30 – 16.00 Where: The Sage Gateshead When: Saturday 4, Sunday 5 & Monday 6 March, How Much: £6 for one child & one adult; additional children £3 Tickets/info: 0191 44 3 4661 Shadow Play is a fantastic creative adventure in a magical audio-visual environment for under-7s. You make your own shadow creature and we’ll help you bring it to life in a surprising world of sound and vision where you will meet the mysterious Madam Sonicalia and her Sampler Trolley. Dance the light fantastic with Leaping Laura and find the music that will wake the sleeping singers. Children will be welcomed into the imagination of sonic artist Dan Fox, who uses shadow puppetry, child-friendly interactive music technology and live music in an extraordinarily entertaining way. All children must be accompanied by one adult. Places strictly limited so pre-booking essential. LIVE CONCERT & EXHIBITION /FAMILY LIFE: RoboticMusic by Suguru Goto (UK premiere) Where: The Northern Rock Foundation Hall, The Sage Gateshead When: Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 March, open from 11.00 performances at intervals throughout the day How Much: Free. Info: 0191 44 3 4661 This is your chance to see and hear robots playing their own music. Yes, read it again if you don’t believe us — robots playing their own music. Suguru Goto is a composer and multi-media artist and he is gradually constructing an orchestra of virtual robotic instrumentalists whose performances have to be seen to be believed. His work has been seen at the Inter Communication Centre in Tokyo and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, but never before in the North East.
  12. 12. In RoboticMusic you will experience an ensemble of five percussion robots: a gong, bass drum, tom-toms, snare drum with cymbal and a pipe. Suguru explains “Music we have never heard can be played by robots. Robots can play very complex rhythms at the same time and perform at different tempos, beyond the capability of humans. Without the constraints of biology, robots can also play without rest around 30 times faster than humans”. Most intriguing of all, despite their appearance, the robots’ motion and interplay is lifelike, uncannily mimicking the gestures of a human musician. RoboticMusic poses intriguing questions. In our technologised world, can we reproduce the complicated performance act, which is so based on the extensive training of the musician? Can we even exceed the capabilities of a human player? Suguru Goto will be in attendance throughout and will give a number of short presentations at times to be advertised at The Sage Gateshead on the day. This project is a collaboration with Fuminori Yamazaki at iXs Research Corp. ARTISTS LIVE: Ryoji Ikeda & Alvo Noto (Carsten Nicolai) 11.30 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: Free Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 If you saw them last night at The Sage Gateshead, or even if you didn’t, take this rare chance to hear two highly influential electronic composers and artists discuss their work. Internationally renowned for their musical and visual arts practices, Ikeda and Nicolai have pioneered ultra minimalist approaches to electronic composition. Sharing a fascination with the minutiae of sonic design, the characteristics of sound itself and its relationship with architectural space and human perception they work together on the project cyclo, which creates a new hybrid of visual art and music through real-time analysis of sound signals. In this informal talk, they discuss this project and their artistic practices, along with examples of their work. The touring work of alva noto and Ryoji Ikeda is managed and produced by forma [www.forma.org.uk] SEMINAR: Frankenstein Created Bimbo With Dr Gail Nina Anderson 13.00 & 15.00 Where: Digital Lounge, Tyneside Cinema How Much: £4/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 Dr Gail Nina Anderson leads a hugely entertaining and thought-provoking look at the way film has depicted the female body, via scientific and medical mutation, modification and even construction from scratch as represented through classic films such as The Stepford Wives and Bride of Frankenstein. Tickets are limited for this event and it’s sure to be popular so please book early to avoid disappointment. T he seminar is 90 minutes long and many of the films discussed can be seen in AV Festival 06. The Stepford Wives will be screened in full at the end of the second seminar. FILM : The Stepford Wives Dir. Bryan Forbes (USA, 1975, cert. 15, 110min) 17.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass or Seminar: Frankenstein Created Bimbo ticket Tickets/info: 0191 232 8289 A classic of seventies Sci-Fi and a cult movie par-excellence. Joanna Eberhart arrives in the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut, with her family. Its the perfect place to live and everyone is kind and generous — especially the wives in the community. Soon she discovers a sinister truth behind the all too-perfect behaviour of the female residents, their fears and prejudices. FILM PREMIERE : Life Like Short Films Various Artists (2005. cert 15.) 15.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £3/£2/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 A fascinating selection of the best digital film and animation work to emerge over recent years, all fitting our festival theme. In the mix will be motion
  13. 13. graphics, short films, animations, music promos, and also experimental works. Expect a real variety of challenging work which question the very nature of LifeLike. What does the future hold? How might things go wrong? In what way will humans interact with rapid advances in technology? Many of the films look at artificial life – pure or engineered life forms being conceived, developed, nurtured, and even dying. The programme includes artists from the UK, USA, France and Germany and you will see 3D work, some cunning DV-meets-CGI, and vectorbased creations. Films will include the beautiful Quietus, directed by top graphics house Precursor, E-baby by Pleix and some good old-fashioned jump-out-of-your-seat horror from Dominic Hailstone’s The Eel which took onedotzero by storm. This short film programme is curated by Tom Bland. FILM PREMIERE /ARTISTS LIVE: What I Know About Stem Cells Dir. Richard Fenwick (UK 2005. Cert 15. ) (World premiere) 17.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 AV are proud to present the world premiere of a newly commissioned film by Richard Fenwick (Newcastle, UK). Beyond the soundbite culture that chews up and spits out complex science on a regular basis, what is really being said about Stem Cell Research? Do the general public know what all the fuss is about? Embryonic stem cell research raises passions, hopes, fears and fascinations. On the cutting edge of science and ethics, it offers the promise of treatments for many degenerative diseases, but prompts anxieties about the status of the embryo and the prospect of reproductive cloning. Richard Fenwick has been working with the Centre for Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the University of Newcastle on the production of a unique short film work, which will explore the issues, motivations and science behind embryonic stem cell research. The film unearths the facts, introduces the debate, frames the information and presents it to the general public. Fenwick will be part of a panel discussion on Stem Cell research, with invited experts and commentators, which will take place after the film is premiered. Tickets include the premiere, the panel discussion, and free glass of wine. What I Know About Stem Cells by Richard Fenwick is commissioned by AV. Supported by The Wellcome Trust. FILM PREMIERE / ARTISTS LIVE: Marching Plague by The Critical Art Ensemble (USA 2006. Cert 15) (World premiere) 18.45 Where: Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 AV are thrilled to be able to present this world premiere and to bring its creator to the North East, not least because Steve Kurtz, the founder of Critical Art Ensemble finds himself currently at the centre of one of the most controversial court cases thrown up by George Bush’s Patriot Act. In 2004 when his wife Hope died naturally of heart failure at their home, Kurtz called the authorities. The Police, finding science equipment and art materials for Critical Art Ensemble’s ongoing investigation into genetically modified plants, called in the FBI and Kurtz was illegally detained and investigated for bio-terrorism. He was later charged with mail fraud and wire fraud. He faces up to 20 years in prison and the US Justice Department are still seeking charges relating to biological weapons. Commissioned by by The Arts Catalyst, The film Marching Plague is Critical Art Ensemble’s newest work and a powerful critique of UK-US bio- weapons research — last century and this. During the Cold War, Britain secretly undertook biological warfare trials, releasing biological agents, including bubonic plague, at sea off the coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and testing the effects of the agents on caged animals. The idea was that germ warfare could be used as a naval weapon for ship-to-ship combat. For New York-based Kurtz, it is where the theatre of the absurd collides with absolute reality. “We wanted to show how crazy these germ warfare programmes are,” he comments. For Marching Plague, the Critical Art Ensemble recreated one of the experiments, with the same harmless bacterial simulant that was used to test dispersal. “Just like the navy back in 1952, we didn’t manage to hit the target but did get ourselves covered with the simulant,” he says. “The only thing we successfully did was to poison ourselves. Theoretically.” Marching Plague addresses fundamental political and ethical issues surrounding bioweapons research and also aims to dispel fear of the massively exaggerated threat of bioterrorism. Steve explains that fear is being exploited by governments to re-initiate expensive germ warfare programmes. “First time tragedy, second time farce. That was what we were trying to show. Embodying the experiment was the best way to criticise it.” The screening will be followed by panel discussion, featuring Steve Kurtz and Steve Barnes of The Critical Art Ensemble. Ticket includes free glass of wine. Marching Plague is commissioned and produced by The Arts Catalyst, and supported by Arts Council England.
  14. 14. LIVE CONCERT /LATE NIGHT LIFE: 2020 by NAME 20.30 - LATE Where: Dance City, Newcastle How Much: £4 Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 At AV in 2003, 2020 produced by Newcastle VJ duo NAME (Andrew Nixon and Nik Barrera), proved to be one of the biggest and most exciting nights in the festival. For AV Festival 06, NAME are commandeering the brand new Dance City building on St James’ Boulevard. 2020 grows directly out of the hugely successful Lumen events NAME run in Newcastle year-round to develop and promote new audio-visual artists in the North East. 2020 platforms many of these local artists alongside some the world’s finest VJs and aims to bring the art of VJing to a wider public audience. It will feature performances by Name (UK), Laser Finger (Germany), Spark (UK), Rhythm Vision (Switzerland), Little Lumen participants (UK).
  15. 15. Sunday 5 March NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD WORKSHOP / FAMILY LIFE: Shadow Play Where: The Sage Gateshead When: Saturday 4, Sunday 5 & Monday 6 March, How Much: £6 for one child & one adult; additional children £3 Tickets/info: 0191 443 4661 See Saturday 4 March for detail FILM : Gattaca Dir. Andrew Niccol (New Zealand/USA, 1997. Cert. 15 106mins) 13.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 As part of the AV film season, we present this film from Andrew Niccol, a film director ahead of his time. Vincent (Ethan Hawke) is one of the last natural babies born into a genetically-enhanced world. It’s a society where health and achievement in life is selected before birth, and as his genes define that he is destined to die at 30, Vincent has no chance of achieving his dream of being an astronaut for the Gattaca Corporation. Immersing himself into a murky underworld of illegal identity-swapping he assumes the guise of the crippled but genetically perfect Jerome (Jude Law). But as the mission approaches his disguise begins to slip… A sister event at The Sage Gateshead features Michael Nyman introducing a live performance of the Gattaca score. See Orchestrating the Genome on today at 18.30. LIVE CONCERT &EXHIBITION / FAMILY LIFE: RoboticMusic by Suguru Goto 11.00 - 18.00 Where: The Northern Rock Foundation Hall, The Sage Gateshead When: open from 11.00, performances at intervals throughout the day How Much: Free. Info: 0191 44 3 4661 See Saturday 4 March for details LIVE CONCERT / ARTISTS LIVE Orchestrating The Genome by Michael Nyman (World premiere) 18.30 When: 18.30 pre-concert interview, 19.30 concert How Much: £18/£13/£6 (concessions) Tickets/Info: The Sage Gateshead 0191 44 3 4661 AV and The Sage Gateshead are proud to present a new, specially commissioned concert by one of the world’s finest composers, Michael Nyman. A prolific composer, it is through film that Nyman’s work has reached its largest audience. He is famous for the score to Jane Campion’s The Piano, and his collaborations on the films of Peter Greenaway. In 1997 Nyman composed the music for Andrew Niccol’s film Gattaca, an experience which deepened Nyman’s personal interest in bioscience and eugenics. Nyman has also worked with these concepts in other scores, culminating in the creation of an opera — Facing Goya — which takes as its premise the cloning of the great Spanish artist from genetic data in his skull. For AV, Nyman has created a major new concert with the Northern Sinfonia and guests, David Lockington: Conductor, Hilary Summers: Contralto and Sarah Leonard: Soprano, which explores the way that biotechnology and cloning are changing our visions of life and art. In a perfect encapsulation of the AV Festival’s exploration of the effects of genetic science on our society, this concert will draw on the scores of both Gattaca and Facing Goya, as well as Nyman’s score for Jean Vigo’s 1930 short film A Propos de Nice. The concert also marks Nyman’s first foray into visual art, with his own images of human life transformed into video by the group, YEAST. This event
  16. 16. includes an exclusive pre-concert on-stage interview with Michael Nyman by bio-ethicist Dr Tom Shakespeare. www.mnrecords.com. TICKET OFFER: Bring your ticket for Michael Nyman’s Orchestrating the Genome to the Tyneside Cinema and see the screening of Gattaca for just £2. FILM: Abre Los Ojos Dir. Alejandro Amenábar (Spain, 1997. cert. 15, 117min) 20.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 Alejandro Amenábar’s labyrinthine film, famously remade into the Hollywood blockbuster Vanilla Sky, starring Tom Cruise, is a moving tale about the nature of memory and identity. Like the remake, it co-stars Penelope Cruz, and tells the story of a rich playboy whose life takes an unexpected turn for the worse when an ex-girlfriend tries to kill him by crashing the car they’re driving. He survives, horribly disfigured, and finds himself with a memory so unreliable that he starts to lose the sense of what is own reality is. This is essential viewing. MIDDLESBROUGH FILM : LifeLike Short Films Various Artists (2005. cert 15.) 18.00 Where: Cineworld How Much: £3 / £2 Tickets/Info: 01642 729700 See Saturday 4 March for details
  17. 17. Monday 6 March NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD WORKSHOP / FAMILY LIFE: Shadow Play 10.00 – 11.30 – 13.00 – 14.30 – 16.00 Where: The Sage Gateshead When: Saturday 4, Sunday 5 & Monday 6 March, How Much: £6 for one child & one adult; additional children £3 Tickets/info: 0191 44 3 4661 See Saturday 4 March for details WORKSHOP : Sound Art Lab 10.00 - 17.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema and Isis Arts When: Monday 6th - Thursday 9th March How Much: Free by application only Info: Isis Arts on 0191 261 44 07 ISIS Arts and the AV Festival are delighted to present this four day intensive workshop. This is an opportunity for 8 artists from the North East of England to upskill in sound art, electronic sound production and music performance. 8 selected participants will collaborate with three internationally renowned sound artists, including Zoë Irvine (a sound artist and audio producer) and Adinda van ‘t Klooster (a media and installation artist), to produce electronic sound art. This workshop will be tailored to the individual levels and abilities of the participants. It will include hands on tutoring in Protools, LiSa and other software. For more details on applying, contact Isis Arts, http://www.isisarts.org.uk. Deadline for applications is 13 February 2006, women are positively encouraged to apply. Supported by the European Social Fund and Arts Council England. ARTISTS LIVE: Presentations By Sound Artists 10.00 - 15.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: Free Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 To mark the beginning of the Sound Art Lab run by Isis Arts and the AV Festival, we will hold presentations by three of the country’s most innovative female sound artists, who will discuss their work, techniques and inspiration. Zoë Irvine is a sound artist and audio producer and a recent Creative Scotland Award winner. Her practice includes the creation of publications, installations, soundwalks and net projects. Her most recent project is Dial a Diva. Kaffe Matthews is an English live sampling and laptop performer, as well as an accomplished violinist. She specialises in live sound performance and sonic sculpture. Intriguingly for our festival on life, Matthews holds a Zoology degree, as well as a Masters in Music Technology. She is most known for her live performances in real time heard on stage, in galleries, clubs, concert halls, tents, churches, warehouses, or ambient tea rooms. Adinda van ‘t Klooster has worked with a wide range of media such as video and interactive sound installation, animation and sculpture. Recent commissions include a 16-channel sound installation for the Lincoln City and County Council Museum for Archaeology and Art and a soundpiece about abortion and assisted conception for Leeds. Supported by the European Social Fund and Arts Council England.
  18. 18. SEMINAR: Let Me Tell You A Story 13.00 – 15.00 Where: The Sage Gateshead How Much: Free, but book early to avoid disappointment Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 ext. 107 How can technology and digital tools be best used to support creative play and learning in Early Years settings? Are desktop computers an appropriate tool to use with young children? How can we think outside of the box, using existing technologies in a more creative way and placing them firmly in the pedagogical toolbox? A panel discussion with some of the leading national academic and industry experts in this field will explore these questions and look at new digital products that are being designed for young children. There is also a chance to experience Shadow Play, a new magical audiovisual workshop created by sonic artist Dan Fox. FILM : S1m0ne Dir. Andrew Niccol (USA/New Zealand 2002, cert. PG, 117mins) 16.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 Andrew Niccol places Hollywood’s collective paranoia and shallowness under scrutiny with this satire about a computer generated actress. When the heroine walks off the set, a film producer looks to a digital actress to save the day, S1m0ne then becomes an overnight sensation. FILM : Code 46 Dir. Michael Winterbottom (UK 2005. cert. 15, 92mins) 18.30 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 In a near future, in a world ruled by a totalitarian government, checking of the genetic code is mandatory for any type of possible relationship between man and woman. People cannot travel unless they have “papelles,” a special travel permit. An investigator from Seattle, William (Tim Robbins) travels to Shanghai to investigate the faking and stealing of special papelles. The main suspect is Maria Gonzales (Samantha Morton). Although he realises she is behind the forgeries, he falls in love with her. He hides her crime and they have a wild, passionate affair that can only last as long as his papelles: 24 hours. Soon after, they find that they are genetically incompatible to each other and they have violated the Code 46. SEMINAR: Café Scientifique: Artifical Life & Virtual Reality Steve Grand 19.00 - 21.00 Where: World Headquarters, Curtis Mayfield House How Much: Free Tickets/Info: 0191 241 8614 Newcastle’s Café Scientifique is a regular event hosted by the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Institute. To celebrate the AV Festival, Café Scientifique are holding a very special evening with acclaimed programmer Steve Grand (Cyberlife Research), whose innovative work on the Creatures game and Lucy the Robot is described in his books, Creation: Life And How To Make It and Growing up with Lucy. Can something that happens inside a computer ever be really alive, or really real? What does this imply for our traditional understanding of reality? Steve Grand (OBE) is often credited as Britain’s most intelligent man And has been cited as one of the 18 scientists most likely to revolutionise our lives during the 21st century. He is in conversation with Dr Tom Shakespeare.
  19. 19. SUNDERLAND FILM: LifeLike Short Films Various Artists (2005. cert 15.) 18.00 Where: Sunderland University How Much: Both films £2/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 See Saturday 4 March for details FILM : Able Edwards Dir. Graham Robertson (USA 2004. cert 15, 87mins) 20.00 A vital addition to the AV film programme, Able Edwards explores one of the festival’s key themes – cloning. Set in a future where a virus has wiped out life on Earth, the last survivors of mankind live confined in a satellite. To a combat falling market share in their entertainment company, the bigwigs of Edwards Corporation decide to genetically replicate their cryogenically frozen genius founder, Able Edwards to help them in their plight. But will the clone be ‘able’ to be Able Edwards? Cheekily referring to entertainment icon Walt Disney, and with loads of clever cinematic nods to other films, this fantastic film maintains an original flavour largely through its unique style. Shot entirely on mini-DV against green screens with the sets scanned and added from architecture books, Able Edwards has gone on to achieve critical success. Described by reviewer Neil Young as “perhaps the most resonant, complex, moving and beautiful in recent American cinema”, it shows that digital technology can be put to inventive use in the making of feature films. MIDDLESBROUGH WORKSHOP : Build Your Own Computer Game 10.00 - 17.30 Where: Middlesbrough City Learning Centre (MCLC) When: Monday 6th - Friday 10th March How Much: £25/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 01642 729700 This is a unique opportunity to upskill in one of the fastest growing areas of new media – game design. This intensive five-day, 30-hour workshop for adults will offer comprehensive coverage of both the creative and technical know-how required to develop a game, using the open-source interactive design package, Blender. The workshop will cover all aspects of game design, such as 3D meshmodelling, animation, texturing, rendering techniques, 3D sound and event management/game logic. All software used in the course is available on any major operating system free of charge. Each student will leave the course with a 3D game that can be played on a Linux, OSX or Windows platform. A free manual will also be available. This workshop for adults is lead by Julian Oliver , a software developer, educator, composer and media-theorist. Oliver has given numerous workshops and master classes in game-design, artistic game-development, virtual architecture, interface design, and augmented reality worldwide. In 1998 he established the artistic gamedevelopment collective, Select Parks. Participants on the workshop need not have any prior experience in Blender, modelling, programming or image processing. However you need basic familiarity with computers and some experience with desktop software would be advantageous. Only those with a full six hours a day available for each day of the course should register. FILM : Blood Dir. Charly Cantor (UK, 2000, cert X) 19.30 Where: KINO @ University of Teesside How Much: £3/£2/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 01642 729700 In a contemporary subversion of the Bride of Frankenstein tale, this film depicts a scientist named Carl, who genetically engineers Lix, a girl with narcotic blood while working on “Project Elixir”. Her veins contain a heroin-like drug with powerful effects on those who drink it. After rescuing Lix from addicts, Carl finds himself dangerously walking the line between love and narcotic addiction.
  20. 20. Tuesday 7 March NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD FILM : Star & Shadow Short Films Various Artists, curated by Ray White 18.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema When: Tuesday 7 March How Much: £3/£2/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 The seven works in this short programme, range from films that engage with biotechnology, videos that the use new media to represent biological and technological convergence, and films that explore the recorded medium as a way of conveying philosophical and psychological issues. Signal by Simon Tegala transposes the model of the human immune system onto the architecture of the round reading room of the British Museum. The characters mirror the staff and clerks of the reading room, protecting and ordering the knowledge base of books that become analogous to the DNA within our cells.Jemima Brown’s Seven Lonely Nights depicts the artist’s relationship with her synthetic twin sister and ‘collaborator’ Dolly. Sean Burn’s Stealing Brecht explores rituals of healing, and asks how we can create fragile moments of hope, compassion in the face of oppression. Sciatica by Peter Nancollis makes use of visual and aural descriptive tools to provide the viewer with an insight into the sensations and emotions experienced as a result of this condition. Francesca Steele’s Fleurs du Mal draws the viewer into an optical and aesthetic encounter, which evolves into one that is experiential in nature. Jane Arnfield’s Humanity depicts the Geneva Spar, which starts at about 24,000ft, just before the summit of Mount Everest, a place of final and impossible decisions. Curated by Ray White. FILM : Seconds Dir. John Frankenheimer (USA, 1966 cert. 15, 100mins) 20.30 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 We’ve all had days where we wished we could escape ourselves and our lives, and to be someone else, somewhere else. But even if it were possible, could we really start over? Seconds asks that very question. John Frankenheimer made Seconds as the concluding film in his “paranoia trilogy”, following The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Seven Days in May (1964). When Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) realises that he’s intensely dissatisfied with his life he’s offered the chance by a shadowy organisation to be killed and reborn in an entirely different body. Starkly lit and dazzlingly shot by well known cinematographer James Wong Howe, this dark depiction of second chances is still disturbing to watch forty years on and features one of the most harrowing closing sequences ever filmed. SUNDERLAND EXHIBITION OPENINGS: LifeLike Art Exhibition launch night AV presents four m a jor new ar t exhibitions in Sunderland. On this special evening, AV with our partner galleries are inviting you to the unveiling of all of these fantastic shows. Celebrate these unique commissions and then to end the night, join us for at a party at Sunderland’s National Glass Centre with a world premiere audio visual performance by the global design collective D-Fuse. AV Passholders travel for free to each opening reception via the AV bus, and can book a place on a bus travelling from the National Glass Centre to Newcastle at the conclusion of the D-Fuse event. Timetable: 17:15 - 21:00 Exhibitions open 17:15 - 18:30 Sunderland Museum & Winter Garden 18:00 - 19:00 Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art 18:00 - 20:00 Reg Vardy Gallery 20:00 - 21:00 National Glass Centre
  21. 21. 21:00 - late D-fuse Undercurrent live performance & party EXHIBITION /FAMILY LIFE: The Autotelematic Spider Bots by Ken Rinaldo & Matt Howard (World premiere) 17.15- 18.30 Where: Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens When: Opening event Tuesday 7 March 17.15 - 18.30, exhibition open daily 8 - 19 March. How Much: free Info: 0191 553 2323 Eminent US artist Ken Rinaldo is bringing his brand new robotic spiders to Sunderland’s Museum & Winter Gardens. Rinaldo is a multi-awardwinning artist and inventor, who has been at the forefront of media art for more than a decade, regularly showing at major institutions across the globe. For AV, he is creating an awe-inspiring artificial life installation — and giving you your chance to come face to face with the Autotelematic Spider Bots. There will be a gaggle of 2ft x 1.5ft Spider Bots, made from plastics and electronics. Ken’s Spider Bots look like spiders, search for food like ants, see like bats and communicate like twittering birds. The robots are programmed to interact and react with you. Don’t be surprised if a Spider Bot wants to investigate what a human is or even try to communicate with you. They even have the power to activate your phone. Ken says: “My work is related to research of living systems. I am interested in the intertwined symbiosis of all living things at all levels and scales. What is happening in our technological world is a systemic approach which doesn’t take on ecology and communication.” Ken Rinaldo’s work often blurs the boundaries between the organic and inorganic. Over 20 years he has pioneered interactive robotics, biological art, artificial life, interspecies communication, rapid prototyping and digital imaging. With Spider Bots, Ken is pioneering a new revolutionary invention. And you get to see and experience it first! This project is commissioned by AV. Supported by Laser Productions and Parallax inc. EXHIBITION Autoinducer Ph-1 (cross cultural chemistry) The Phumox Project: Andy Gracie and Brian Lee Yung Rowe (World premiere) 18.00 - 19.00 Where: Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland When: Opening Event Tuesday 7 March 18.00 - 19.00. Exhibition open daily 8 March - 13 April How Much: free Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 Welcome to the most unusual garden you will ever experience. Andy Gracie and Brian Lee Yung Rowe are installing a mesmerising water garden into Sunderland’s Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. However before you start to think Diarmuid Gavin or Charlie Dimmock this is, of course, a garden with a difference as it’s an eco-system manipulated by software — a landscape presided over by an artificially intelligent god. The “garden” is made up of three pool systems mediated and manipulated by a brand new artificial intelligence programme. One pool houses azolla water ferns, another has an artificial indoor rice paddy, and the third will have culture chambers of blue-green algae, bacteria on the cusp between plant and animal which helps azolla thrive. The three different aquatic environments are all connected up, relating and interacting with each other. autoinducer PH-1 makes a simple, natural process rich and complex. You can read into this a critique of the “great white hope” we have of genetically modified plants feeding the world and building an agricultural utopia… Andy Gracie says: “We are interfering with the natural symbiosis by creating a triangular one using artificial intelligence…When you start to manipulate the natural environment you are opening a Pandora’s box and it needs to be addressed.” autoinducer PH-1 works on many levels. As well as being aesthetically engaging the sheer theatricality of life unfolding and developing before your very eyes inspires a sense of wonder. It is intellectually fascinating and asks serious questions of the mechanical and artificial manipulation of biological processes. You will be thinking about autoinducer Ph-1 for days. This project is commissioned by AV. Supported by The Arts Council of England.
  22. 22. EXHIBITION: Swell by Anthony McCall (World premiere) 19.00 - 20.00 Where: Reg Vardy Gallery When: Opening Event Tuesday 7 March 19.00 - 20.00 Exhibition runs until 7 April How Much: free Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 AV are proud to co-commission one of Britain’s most acclaimed visual artists, Anthony McCall. Swell is a fifty-foot horizontal projection inspired by the North East coastal landscape. Situated at the meeting-place of sculpture and cinema, this new work draws the visitor into a three-dimensional envelope of projected ‘solid light’. Anthony McCall is an illustrious British artist, perhaps best known for his ‘expanded cinema’ pieces from the 1970’s, such as Line Describing a Cone. He has exhibited worldwide in museums such as Tate Modern, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. The inspiration for Swell came after the artist took a stroll on the coast near the Roker Lighthouse while in town visiting the Reg Vardy Gallery. The resulting work focuses on the phenomenological force of projected waves of white light, recalling the rolling waves of an ocean. The air of the gallery is filled with a sea-mist-like haze which reveals the projected beam as a palpably present, three-dimensional form of astonishing beauty. Unlike a conventional film or video, the audience can move around the space, finding their own perspectives as the room-sized membranes of light rise and fall and turn through space, and one another. Visitors may explore Swell for a short time or they may prefer to stay for longer, following the progress of the form as it very gradually unfolds and changes. This is a unique opportunity to experience a new work of art by an artist of international importance. This project is co-commissioned by AV. Supported by The Arts Council of England. EXHIBITION: Trip The Light Fantastic by Kate Owens.Katy Dove, Martin Richman, The Illustrious Company: Martyn Ware & Pip Rhodes 20.00 Where: National Glass Centre When: Reception Tuesday 7 March 20.00, Exhibition runs until 30 April How Much: free Tickets/Info: 0191 515 5555 AV are pleased to support the new exhibition at the National Glass Centre. Trip the Light Fantastic explores the theme of light. The ubiquitous yet elusive qualities of light have been a constant fascination to artists; from the dramatic chiaroscuros of early baroque painting to the Impressionists’ obsessive documentation of natural light patterns; to Minimalist neon sculptures, projected lightworks and the experimental Light Shows of the 1960s that accompanied psychedelic gigs and club events. This new exhibition brings together a group of five British artists and designers who, working with glass, light, sound, mixed media and animation, continue this legacy in their contemporary practice. It is curated by the National Glass Centre, and Emma Underhill, UP Projects. Wonderland by Claire Davies (commissioned by AV) is also showing at the National Glass Centre. See Thursday 2 March for details. LIVE PERFORM ANCE & PARTY/ LATE NIGH T LIFE: Undercurrent by D-Fuse 21.00 - 24.00 Where: National Glass Centre How Much: Free but booking essential Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 Undercurrent will be a spectacular close to the exhibition night in Sunderland. D-Fuse are one of the UK’s top VJ collectives and a truly global collective of artists and designers who work across an extraordinary range of creative media, from art and architecture, to live audiovisual performances. Their new work Undercurrent is a multi-screened live audiovisual extravaganza which will be projected across the walls of the National Glass Centre and spilling onto the River Wear. It explores the changing nature of urban life in China and the UK and it is inspired by Shanghai, Guangzhou, London and Sunderland. D-Fuse follow the rivers as a medium for travel, transport, trade and communication, exploring and documenting the urban spaces they find along the way, in sound, photography and video. D-Fuse, in collaboration with a number of Chinese sound and video artists, have captured the emotions, histories and stories of each city.
  23. 23. This performance of Undercurrent is co-produced with the University of Sunderland’s s/LAB and is supported by Arts Council, England. MIDDLESBROUGH WORKSHOP Tissue Engineering with Oron Catts 09.00 – 17.00 Where: University of Teesside, Middlesbrough When: Tuesday 7 - Wednesday 8 March How Much: £20/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 This two days intensive workshop, lead by Oron Catts & Dr. Stuart Hodgetts (Symbiotica Lab, Australia) will introduce artists and other interested people to basic principals of animal tissue culture and tissue engineering. The workshop also provides a history of tissue engineering and an outline of different artistic projects which use tissue culture. Tissue culture and tissue engineering represent a new area for artistic engagement. These branches of biomedical research have a major influence on perceptions of body, self and medical thinking. Tissue engineering enables researchers to grow three dimensional living tissues constructs of varying sizes, shapes and tissue types. FILM : eXistenZ Dir. David Cronenberg (Canada/UK/France 1999 cert 18, 97mins) 19.30 Where: KINO @ University of Teesside How Much: £3/£2/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 01642 729700 Celebrating AV’s twin explorations of bio-technology and computer games as living spaces, we present David Cronenberg’s amazing movie. Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is the world’s leading games designer. Her new virtual reality game ‘eXistenZ’ links players to the game by a console that resembles a lump of living animal tissue, which is connected to the player’s nervous system through a ‘bio-port’ at the base of the spine. Fleeing violent anti-eXistenZ protestors, Allegra and her bodyguard Ted (Jude Law) retreat inside the game, where reality and real life are impossible to separate… Introduced by film historian and sci-fi buff, Dr. Gail Nina Anderson.
  24. 24. Wednesday 8 March NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD SEMINAR: The Creativity Summit 14.00 - 17.00 Where: Centre for Life How Much: £20 / Free for Connect members & with AV Pass Tickets / Info: 0191 211 2592 Codeworks Connect is holding its annual Creativity Summit, as part of AV. The summit explores the issues of creativity in digital media and technology. It will examine some of the core themes of the festival and will bring together speakers from the AV programme and leading thinkers in digital technology. Expect debates about the way in which life and creativity have been changed by developments in technology. FILM : Frankenstein Dir. James Whale (USA, 1931, cert. PG, 71mins) 18.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 What better way to explore AV’s theme of life created through human intervention than this classic film? Dr. Frankenstein creates a monster from various posthumous ‘donors’ and combines them into a creature, to whom he wishes to bestow life. The movie centres on this monster and his struggle in this ‘life after death’. We all know the story , but it’s never been better told than in James Whale’s supreme movie. This is a rare chance to enjoy the definitive horror classic, which embedded Boris Karloff as the doomed monster in our popular culture. There will be an introduction to the film by film buff and sci-fi buff, Dr Gail Nina Anderson. FILM : Able Edwards Dir. Graham Robertson (USA 2004. cert 15, 87mins) 20.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 See Monday 6 March for details. SUNDERLAND ARTISTS LIVE: Anthony McCall 1600 Where: Reg Vardy Gallery How Much: free Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 New York based Anthony McCall will introduce the themes and concepts which drive his work, concentrating on his new work, Swell. Anthony McCall was born in 1946 in England. He entered the art and avant-garde film world in 1972 with a series of works including Line Describing a
  25. 25. Cone and Four Projected Movements. Having made his mark throughout the 1970’s he withdrew from making art, returning to galleries only four years ago to show work at Shoot, Shoot, Shoot at Tate Modern and Into the Light at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Since then he has produced a series of strong and original works, most recently, Swell at the Reg Vardy Gallery. This is a rare opportunity to meet one of Britain’s most distinguished visual artists. The talk will also include a tour through the work. See Tuesday 7 March for details on Swell. ARTISTS LIVE: Gallery Tours & Artists' Presentations 1800 – 2000 Where: Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art / Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens How Much: free Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 To celebrate the AV Festival’s important new commissions, we will host tours through exhibitions by the artists themselves, followed by a discussion at the Sunderland Museum. The event will begin at 18.00 at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, where Andy Gracie & Brian Lee Yung Rowe will give a short introduction to their new work, autoinducer Ph-1 (cross cultural chemistry). We will then take a short work to the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens where Kenneth Rinaldo and his collaborator, Matt Howard will demonstrate The Autotelematic Spider Bots. The event will culminate in a panel discussion, also featuring AV artists Claire Davies and Anthony McCall, chaired by Beryl Graham and Sarah Cook (University of Sunderland). MIDDLESBROUGH WORKSHOP FOR MIDDLESBROUGH TEACHERS: Making The Most Of Open Source Software 18.00 - 20.00 Where: Middlesbrough City Learning Centre How Much: Free Tickets/Info: 01642 729700 “Open Source” software provides free equivalents of expensive licensed software such as Photoshop for image editing, sound editing software, web page design. There are lots of free tools available for communities to use to communicate with each other, build networks and share ideas. Renowned experts in the field Polytechnic, will guide you through a string of exciting opportunities to further your multimedia work in and out of schools with your students. FILM : Shivers Dir. David Cronenberg (Canada 1975, cert. 18, 87mins) 19.30 Where: KINO How Much: £3/ £2/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 01642 729700 AV presents a collection of films in Middlesbrough which explore the way that biology and technology collide to create strange new mutations. There is no more accomplished master of this genre of cinema than Canadian director David Cronenberg. Though he made a huge splash last year with his acclaimed A History of Violence, Cronenberg’s reputation was built on a string of truly strange and disturbing films in the seventies and early eighties, of which Shivers is arguably the best. Parasites designed in a laboratory to replace damaged organs escape in an apartment block and turn their human hosts into slavering, sex-mad zombies. Medical centre doctor Roger St Luc battles to prevent a sexual apocalypse. With no antidote and a hundred aggressors after him, the poor doctor doesn’t seem to have a chance.
  26. 26. Thursday 9 March NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD FILM : LifeLike Short Films Various Artists (2005. cert 15.) 16.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £3/£2/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 See Saturday 4 March for details FILM / FAMILY LIFE: Gojira / Godzila Dir. Ishirô Honda (Japan 1954, cert. PG, 98mins) 20.30 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 Last year the bfi gave the original uncut Japanese Godzilla (Gojira) it’s first-ever UK release, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the first atomic bomb. This glistening new print has never been seen before in the North East, and AV urge you to take this unique opportunity to see it on the big screen of The Classic at the Tyneside Cinema. Not only is this the great monster movie of the post-World War II era, but as the Village Voice intoned, “it is a daring attempt to fashion a terrible poetry from the mind-melting horror of atomic warfare”. The star of the film, the 30-storey-high Jurassic monster, Gojira, is awakened by atomic bomb tests. The resulting panic and mass destruction, caused by spectacular attacks on Tokyo, as well as liberal references and its references to nuclear contamination, black rain, bomb shelters and the incineration of Nagasaki, meant Gojira struck a chord of terror with Japanese audiences traumatized by the events of World War II. Judge for yourself by coming along to see this all-time classic. There will be an introduction to the film by film historian and sci-fi buff, Dr Gail Nina Anderson. SUNDERLAND FILM DOUBLE FEATURE: Star & Shadow Short Films Various Artists 18.00 Where: Thornhill Park Cinema, University of Sunderland How Much: £2 for both films/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 See Tuesday 7 March for details FILM : Incident At Loch Ness Dir. Zak Penn (USA, 2004, cert PG, 94mins) 20.00 Incident at Loch Ness is a part of AV’s strand of film which explore, constructed, muated or imaginary creatures, in celebration of the artificial creatures we are showing in the galleries of Sunderland, Nothing is quite as it seems this witty and fun pseudo-documentary. Conceived and directed by Hollywood screenwriter Zak Penn (author of The Last Action Hero and X-Men 2), the film begins with cult German director Werner Herzog (as himself), preparing to film a documentary about Scotland’s mysterious Loch Ness monster. But a Hollywood producer (Penn, playing himself) surrounds the unknowing Herzog with actors trying to make things more interesting. And, as everyone knows, the mythical lake holds many surprises… Incident at Loch Ness is a unique mixture of suspense and humor.
  27. 27. MIDDLESBROUGH SEMINAR: GameHorizon: Show Some Emotion 15.00 – 18.00 Where: Cineworld, Marton Leisure Park, Middlesbrough Tickets/Info: 0191 211 2593 This event celebrates the AV Festival’s dynamic programme of games activity, which is inspired by the way in which the computer game is increasingly becoming a place where life is lived. GameHorizon, the collaborative network for the North East games companies, will host a forum to explore the link between real life and games. With the advent of next generation consoles, real time software, and artificial intelligence, developers are now able to produce games that are closer to real life experiences than ever before. As games more closely mimic life, gamers are increasingly demanding games ave an emotional as well as technical dimension. This seminar and networking event will look into the methods of building emotion into games, creating an immersive experience for gamers. EXHIBITION: Sensory Circus by Time’s Up (UK Premiere) 18.30 Where: Middlesbrough, Town Hall Crypt When: Open daily until Sunday 12 March How Much: Free. Opening reception AV Passholders only Tickets/Info: 01642 729700 Roll Up! Roll Up! The Sensory Circus is coming to Town! The world’s most creative digital playground is taking us residence in Middlesbrough Town Hall crypt for AV. Time’s Up are one of Europe’s most innovative arts groups and their Sensory Circus has become a star-attraction at festivals across the globe. This is the first time it has come to the UK. The Sensory Circus is a series of rooms and interactive environments in which you animate the space yourself in conjunction with some cunning games technology. It’s an amazing adventure playground in which you can swing on the Mood Swings triggering projections and sound, playing with forms of machine perception and reaction. Sonic Pong embeds you in a lifesized world of the computer game, Pong. Your body mass controls the paddles as you manipulate samples of old 8bit games. Beatcycles puts you in whirling control of an organically growing beatbox. The adjacent fully licenced bar allows some cooling off after the playground, and a spot of singing with The King on the Cavity Resonator might be just the trick for the Karaoke minded. Sensory Circus is great fun for all, and you don’t even need to run away from home to join this Circus!
  28. 28. Friday 10 March NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD FILM : Blade Runner Dir. Ridley Scott (USA, 1982, cert. 15, 117mins) 20.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 We tried to convince ourselves that it would be a cliché to show Blade Runner in a festival about lifelike technology, and that maybe we should give it a miss... but thankfully we failed. Ridley Scott’s seminal take on Phillip K Dick’s story has influenced film makers, advertisers, fashion designers and architects and at this rate will probably prescribe the unwritten future of our urban landscapes. Harrison Ford is the bounty hunter struggling to tell human from fake as he’s sent to terminate a group of renegade android ‘replicants’ led by the terrifying Rutger Hauer. It even has a strong local flavour, with Ridley Scott drawing inspiration from the Tees Valley industrial lanscape. Believe it or not there is not a single 35mm film print of this film available in the UK today, but we’ve tracked one down. Here then is a truly rare screening that you can’t miss under any circumstances. FILM : Natural City Dir. Byung-chun Min (South Korea, 2003, cert. 15, 114mins) 22.30 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 Billing itself as an unofficial sequel to Blade Runner, Natural City picks up on the story set out in the original and takes it in a familiar direction. In a distant future, R, a police officer whose job is to eliminate defective cyborgs, meets Ria, a young dancer who he falls in love with. The problem is that Ria is a cyborg only days away from the end of her lifespan. Rebelling against the rules of society, R does everything to save her. A super-production full of special effects, in a true South Korean style, Natural City presents an impressive, futuristic world. MIDDLESBROUGH EXHIBITION: Work Your Heart Into Original Art 09.00 – 18.00 Where: Centuria Building, University of Teesside How Much: Free to symposium delegates Info: 01642 729700 Come and see the art of your heart at work. Sam Harrison of Animation Ltd has developed an amazing piece of equipment for you to explore. By cycling on a Technogym exercise bike, your changing heartbeats will affect the display of the virtual art. This project looks at the interaction between physical exercise, physiology, psychology and video game semiotics to make exercise more fun, safe and appealing for older adults. The exhibition is a spin-off from a collaborative project between Codeworks ATL, Technogym and University of Teesside. SYMPOSIUM: Sustaining Life, Designing Life 10.00 - 18.30 Where: Centuria Building, University of Teesside
  29. 29. When: Friday 10 - Saturday 11 March How Much: £30 for whole symposium, £20 for day ticket (or £20/£15 if booked before 10 February). Includes entry to other AV events in Middlesbrough Tickets/Info: 01642 342321 Sustaining Life, Designing Life is a major two-day international symposium, organised by The Social Futures Institute at the University of Teesside and the AV Festival. The symposium will be an exploration of life from a social, scientific, technological, artistic and ethical perspective. With artists and scientists alike fabricating new life-forms and ecologies, our understanding of what life is and where it can happen is shifting, evolving and mutating. It will examine the shifting ethical, scientific, philosophical and artistic borders of life. Over two days, the symposium will stage a series of sessions which explore how life can be sustained and designed. On Day 1, we will ask, what is the impact of technology on Sustaining Life? Designers, artists and scientists have made claims about the way people’s lives can be sustained and enhanced through the mediation of natural systems and digital technology. The day will include sessions on Transforming The Body: is the body being transformed from something that people are born and have to live with to a blank canvas for improvement, decoration and celebration? Sustaining Environment And Ecology: what role can artists and designers play in raising consciousness about environmental issues and designing sustainable environments? Sustaining Lives And The Geopolitics Of Food Production: what are the impacts of modern methods of food production and consumption on life in the richest and poorest countries of the world? Speakers include: Gina Czarnecki, Artist (Australia / UK); Professor Robin Bunton, Social Futures Institute, University of Teesside (UK); Amanda Drago, Choreographer, Dancer (UK); Professor Eileen Green, Social Futures Institute, University of Teesside (UK); Heath Bunting & Kayle Brandon, Artists (UK); Kate Rich, Artist (UK); Professor Gerda Roper, School of Arts and Media University of Teesside (UK); Dr Tom Shakespeare, Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre (PEALs) (UK); John Thackera, Doors of Perception, Design of the Times (UK/NL), Lynette Wallworth, Artist (Australia). EXHIBITION & PARTY / LATE NIGHT LIFE : LifeLike Art Exhibition Launch Night AV presents four major new a rt exhibitions in Middlesbrough. On this special evening, AV and the Middlesbrough Arts Development team invite you to visit The Primrose Path, Planesong, State and The Remains of Disembodied Cuisine. They are all located within ten minutes walking distance of each other and AV Guides will be on hand to guide you between events. There will be free refreshments at each event and the evening will culminate in a late night party inside Time’s Up’s amazing Sensory Circus. Tickets are free for AV passholders and symposium delegates, but capacity is limited so book a ticket in advance by calling 01642 729700. EXHIBITION / STREET LIFE: The Primrose Path Dave Allinson & Michelle Trip 19.00 - 20.30 Where: Retail spaces & public places including Thistle Hotel, BBC Bus, O2 shop window When: Opening event starts at Thistle Hotel, Friday 10 March Exhibitions continue until Sunday 12 March How Much: Opening free for AV Passholders & symposium delegates, Exhibition, free Tickets/Info: 01642 729700 Stockton artists, Dave Allinson & Michelle Tripp have created an art trail, siting new and intriguing artworks in retail spaces, public places, and other unusual locations, around Middlesbrough. In Trans-Plant, the artists transform the BBC’s very own bus, turning it into a ‘conceptual garden’ with film and animated material based on the theme of growth. Simple Mechanisms is an installation in the Thistle Hotel, which features machine ‘robots’ navigating pre-mapped landscapes. Flag-block in the 02 shop window uses material designed to fool security firewalls, to avoid being flagged as junk mail, to explore the fallibility of literal meaning and assumed truth. These evocative works explore the poetic qualities embodied in AV’s themes. EXHIBITION: State by Helena Swatton 19.30 Where: Gallery TS1 When: Friday 10 - Sunday 12 March How Much: free Tickets/Info: 01642 729700 The magnificent and awe-inspiring natural environment is the starting point for this reflective journey of images by by local artist, Helena Swatton. State is a large single screen video installation, filmed on location in Iceland, especially prepared for, and premiered at, AV Festival 06. Representing the transient state of life itself, it reveals an intriguing window of opportunity to dwell on the ‘moment’, to allow the viewer to consider the inherent and incessant passing of time.
  30. 30. EXHIBITION: Planesong by James Hutchinson 19.30 Where: Gallery TS1 When: Friday 10 - Sunday 12 March How Much: free Tickets/Info: 01642 729700 Planesong is an installation by Newcastle based artist James Hutchinson. It presents the audience with an immersive space consisting of multiple projection screens which show abstract graphic ‘planes’ created using the software ‘Processing’. The title refers to the structured nature of the medieval music, ‘plainsong’. Viewers will see animated constructions of architectural planes, which are controlled by algorithms. Separate animations ‘exist’ until the architecture reconfigures itself. The architectural planes are self-generating while a viewer controls their navigation through the space using the hardware of the console game — a game-pad controller. Planesong suggests the construction and deconstruction of the basic building blocks of life, both digital and biological — it questions life, power, control and technology. Hutchinson himself will also be on hand to demonstrate Planesong. The hardware and programming in Planesong is by Spencer Roberts.” EXHIBITION: The Remains of Disembodied Cuisine by Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr 20.30 Where: Café Sassari When: Opening event Friday 10 March 20.00. Exhibition runs until Sunday 12 March How Much: free Tickets/Info: 01642 729700 AV is delighted to host the UK exhibition debut of the extraordinary team of Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr, who work together as The Tissue Culture & Art Project. Credited as the leading lights in the rapidly developing ‘bioart’ movement, Catts & Zurr raise direct and controversial issues about life. These artists actually grow their own art — literally — in biology labs. Using the techniques of bioscience, the artists grow sculptures using living tissue. For Catts & Zurr, the stuff of life is both the physical substance and the subject of their work. Fittingly located in one of Middlesbrough’s most popular restaurants, AV are presenting Catts and Zurr’s parody of a fine dining experience, The Remains of Disembodied Cuisine. In a critique of the exploitation of animals for food, the artists’ used their tissue-culture lab to grow “victimless steaks” from frog cells (without hurting any frogs). The resulting “steaks” were consumed in a performance banquet in France. The Remains of Disembodied Cuisine documents the growing of the “steaks”, shows the people who ate them and presents the tissue which remains from the banquet. This is one cafe experience not to be missed! These artists are also eloquent and powerful speakers, and AV are delighted to present Oron Catts at the AV Symposium, Sustaining Life, Designing Life in iddlesbrough. LATE NIGHT LIFE : Sensory Circus by Time’s Up 21:00 - late Where: Town Hall Crypt Tickets/Info: 01642 729700 Time’s Up’s amazing interactive installation becomes the venue for a late night party to celebrate the opening of the Middlesbrough exhibitions and the start of the Sustaining Life, Designing Life Symposium.
  31. 31. Saturday 11 March NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD FILM / FAMILY LIFE : Osmosis Jones Dir. Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly (USA, 2001 cert. PG, 95mins) 10.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 Frank Pepperidge (Bill Murray) has an incredibly unhealthy diet. Inside Frank, his body is waging war to keep him healthy. Osmosis Jones is part of the police squad of Frank’s white blood cells. With the introduction of a new, highly deadly virus into Frank’s body, it becomes up to Osmosis and his unlikely partner — a cold pill, Drixorial — to stop the virus from killing Frank. FILM / FAMILY LIFE : Robots Dir. Chris Wedge & Carlos Saldanha (USA, 2005, cert. U, 86mins) 12.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 In a world populated solely by mechanical beings, Rodney Copperbottom, the son of a dish washing robot, sets off for the great Robot City in search of a career as an inventor. But life in the big city isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Soon, Rodney is jettisoned into the streets like a scrap of tin. Out in the slums, he encounters a band of misfits, including an obsolete bot named Fender. With the help of his new friends, young Rodney rises up and fights the sinister power that threatens their society and their very lives. FILM : Casshern Dir. Kazuaki Kiriya (Japan, 2004, cert. 15, 141mins) 16.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 Some of the most brilliant films of recent years have come from Japan, and the dizzying music-video-esque epic that is Casshern is a grand example. It is set late in the 21st century. After 50 years of devastating war between Europa and the Eastern Federation, the latter has emerged victorious, and the new federation of Eurasia is formed. There can be no glorious peace, however, as the planet has been ravaged by chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons and the entire human race is dispirited and exhausted by half a century of war. A geneticist named Azuma brings hope in the form of a “neo- cell,” which can rejuvenate human parts with no risk of rejection. But nature interferes with science to create a new kind of menace that forces the entire human race to fight an ultimate war against its own extinction. their society and their very lives. FILM : Sleeper Dir. Woody Allen (USA, 1973, cert. PG, 89mins) 18.00 Where: Tyneside Cinema How Much: £5/£3/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 Woody Allen stars as Miles Monroe, a health-food store owner and clarinet player who walks into a hospital for minor treatment, falls into a coma, is frozen in suspended animation and wakes up 200 years later, in the year 2173. But the future is bleak in a world where the populace is kept in check by an ever-watchful government that feeds them mind-affecting drugs and cheap entertainment; where constant stimulation, bad poetry and a complete absence
  32. 32. of risk keep people from ever actually experiencing what it is to live. Allen poses as a domestic robot, and in an oddball mix of slapstick madness and futuristic paranoia, encounters cops, giant computers, robots and strange, body parts. SUNDERLAND FILM DOUBLE FEATURE: AV are holding a special strand of films in Sunderland depicting the fictional counterparts of the extraordinary flora and fauna created by the artists, Kenneth Rinaldo, Andy Gracie and Brian Lee Yung Rowe. Long a staple of cinema, the Creature Feature will reign in Sunderland over this weekend, in a series of films. Valley of The Gwangi Dir. Jim O’Connolly (USA, 1969 cert. U. 96mins) 12.00 Where: Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens How Much: £2 for both films/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 Halfway between Rio Bravo and Jurassic Park, this creature feature classic is brought to life by the stopaction special effects talents of the legendary Ray Harryhausen. In this family friendly film, members of a struggling Wild West show discover what will become their newest attraction in Mexico: a tiny prehistoric horse. Exploration into a nearby forgotten valley uncovers living dinosaurs, including the fearsome “Gwangi” — a dinosaur that the cowboys capture for exhibition. But as everyone knows, monsters in cages always break free, and soon enough, the beast is running amok. FILM / FAMILY LIFE : Godzilla Dir. Roland Emmerich (USA, 1998 cert. PG, 98mins) 15.00 Godzilla (or Gojira in Japanese) is perhaps one of the most enduring “creature features” of all-time. Whilst the original 1953 version, set in Japan, is being shown at the Tyneside Cinema on Thursday, here at the Sunderland Museum, you have the chance to see the 1998 Hollywood version — a fun adventure for kids of all ages. Following the French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passing eastward through the Panama Canal. Scientists conclude that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla then makes its way north, landing at Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city. MIDDLESBROUGH EXHIBITION: Work Your Heart Into Original Art 09.00 – 18.00 Where: University of Teesside How Much: Free to symposium delegates Info: 01642 729700 See Friday 10th March for details SYMPOSIUM: Sustaining Life, Designing Life 10.00 - 18.30 Where: Centuria Building, University of Teesside How Much: £30 for whole symposium, £20 for day ticket (or £20/£15 if booked before 10 February). Includes entry to other AV events in Middlesbrough Tickets/Info: 01642 342321 Sustaining Life, Designing Life is a major two-day international symposium examining life from a social, scientific, technological, artistic and ethical perspective. On Day 2, we ask what role does science and technology play in Designing Life? Genetic engineering allows for the creation of synthetic biological worlds, which are constructed in the laboratory. Life is increasingly something which we can design and evolve through our interactions with science and technology. Sessions will include: Mimicking Life: if artificial life mechanisms, robotics and cybernetic systems can successfully simulate life, what are the consequences for humanity and society? Life In The Lab: now that biotechnology laboratories are becoming places in which life is sculpted, is it time to relax ethical objections to the limits of scientific interventions?
  33. 33. Speakers include: Oron Catts, Tissue Culture and Art Project (Australia); Andy Gracie, Artist (Spain / UK); Dr Jill Scott, School of Art & Design Zurich (Switzerland); Dr Sally Jane Norman, Director, Culture Lab, University of Newcastle (UK); Kira O’Reilly, Artist (UK); and Kenneth Rinaldo, Inventor and Artist (USA). FILM PREMIERE / AV CLOSING GALA PARTY Artificial Worlds V.3.0 Dir. Richard Fenwick (World Premiere) (UK, 2006, cert. 15) & AV Festival Closing Gala 19 30 - 23:00 Where: Empire How Much: £5, free with AV Pass or Symposium ticket Tickets/Info: 01642 729700 The last night of AV culminates in a special event at Middlesbrough’s Empire Nightclub. The first part of the evening is a reception to celebrate the world premiere of a stunning new film by Richard Fenwick, one of a generation of new filmmakers emerging within the world of digital graphics. Shot on Teesside, Artificial Worlds 3.0 was commissioned to close the festival. The premiere is followed by live performances and DJ and VJ sets by Cathode, Andrew Hodson, Moshine, Preamptive and others. The Empire’s hugely popular PLAY Club night follows (from 2300 - 0300), and is given an AV spin with some of the region’s best VJs including Retina Glitch and Seen, adding visuals to the usual mix of aural delights. Artificial Worlds 3.0 is a dramatic and fittingly discordant way to end the AV Festival’s exploration the impact of technology on life. The film depicts a group of people running for their lives, but not from a visible discernible enemy. This monster is fast, destructive and cruel: but does it have consciousness? As each runner is consumed by a digital interface, each body is fractured and detonated, right up until the final act of human defiance. The film asks to what extent this lifelike technology that surrounds us is taking us over. Yet despite its somewhat techno-dystopian feel, Artificial Worlds 3.0 is a testimony to the power of new technology to change the future of the North East. Fenwick worked alongside local artist, Marcus O’Keefe, and many talented individuals from Middlesbrough’s Digital City project, to create a film of immense power. The Artificial Worlds 3.0 Premiere and AV Closing Gala are produced in collaboration with UMAMi and Middlesbrough Arts Development team.
  34. 34. Sunday 12 March NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD RADIO : Celestial Radio by Neil Bromwich & Zoe Walker Where: River Tyne, Outside Pitcher & Piano When: Thursday 2 - Sunday 12 March How Much: free Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 See Thursday 2 March for details Last day of broadcast SUNDERLAND FILM DOUBLE BILL: Arachnophobia Dir. Frank Marshall (USA, 1990, cert. PG, 93mins) 14.00 Where: Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens How Much: £2 for both films/Free with AV Pass Tickets/Info: 0191 232 8289 What better film to show in the Sunderland Museum to compliment Kenneth Rinaldo’s Autotelematic Spider Bots? This movie begins when a deadly poisonous spider hitches a ride (inside the coffin of a deceased photographer) from its home in the jungles of Venezuela to a small California town, where it starts to breed hundreds of tiny poisonous spiders. It is up to Ross Jennings, a doctor newly arrived in the small town, to try and save the whole community. Jennings faces the threat with the help of the local exterminator, but it’s no small task for him, since he suffers from arachnophobia (fear of spiders). AV challenges you to overcome your own arachnophobia and face both the on-screen spiders and the robotic ones in the gallery. FILM : The Day Of The Triffids Dir. Steve Sekely (USA, 1962, cert. 15, 93mins) 15.30 With Sunderland housing the North East’s stunning Winter Gardens, as well as AV’s own artificial garden in the form of Andy Gracie’s exhibition at The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, we felt it was time for us to have a second look at plants! This sci-fi classic starts as a shower of meteorites produces a glow that blinds anyone that looks at it. At the same time, strange plants — known as triffids — are being stimulated by the meteor shower and are growing into man-eating creatures. With most of the world’s population blinded, those who still can see have to do whatever it takes to survive. MIDDLESBROUGH EX HIBITION: The Remains of Disembodied Cuisine by Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr Where: Café Sassari When: Friday 10 March until Sunday 12 March How Much: free Info: 01642 729700 See Friday 10 March for details Last day of exhibition

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