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AV Festival 08 - starts today!

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Honor Harger <[log in to unmask]>

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Honor Harger <[log in to unmask]>

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Dear New Media Curators,

I hope this email finds you well.

AV Festival 08: Broadcast 
<http://www.avfestival.co.uk/> begins today with 
the opening of the exhibition Crumb co-founder, 
Sarah Cook, has co-curated - Broadcast Yourself.

Some of the highlights of the coming few days are outlined below.

Very best wishes

Honor Harger
Director, AV Festival 08
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/



AV FESTIVAL 08 - STARTS TODAY!

AV Festival 08
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/
Newcastle, Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, UK
28 February - 8 March 2008

The AV Festival <http://www.avfestival.co.uk/> is 
a biennial international festival of electronic 
art, moving image and music. AV Festival 08: 
Broadcast will take place across the three urban 
areas of NewcastleGateshead, Sunderland & 
Middlesbrough, 28 February - 8 March 2008.

The theme of the festival is broadcast.

The UK has begun to switch off analogue 
television signals, paving the way for television 
to become entirely digital. At the same time the 
internet and mobile networks have created 
opportunities for us to 'broadcast ourselves' in 
entirely new ways.  As the landscape of 
broadcasting changes irrevocably, AV Festival 08 
will be a catalyst for debate about the future of 
broadcasting, and an event to celebrate a century 
of on-air and online transmission.

AV Festival 08: Broadcast features of over 100 
new commissions, exhibitions, screenings, 
concerts, workshops and events.


___AV Festival 08: Highlights

Our opening weekend is focused on Newcastle & Gateshead.  Highlights include:

- Broadcast Yourself - Various artists
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/programme/events/broadcast_yourself
This international group exhibition, co-curated 
by Sarah Cook and Kathy Rae Huffman, includes a 
selection of TV, video installation and web-based 
works which demonstrate how artists have 
successfully challenged the dominant culture of 
television since the 1960s. The exhibition 
includes artists who have taken TV technology and 
turned it into a performance space, a cultural 
forum, and an interactive media platform, as well 
as projects which document how artists are now 
using the Internet to broadcast themselves.
The single channel video broadcast on television 
by Stan Douglas, Chris Burden, and Ian Breakwell 
(his landmark diaries made for the launch of 
Channel4 twenty-fix years ago) will be 
experienced through the recreation of a period 
living room for watching TV. Also included are:
Bill Viola's 'Reverse Television: Portraits of 
Viewers' (1983/4); 'Piazza Virtuale' by Van Gogh 
TV (1992);  'Hole in Space' (1980) by Kit 
Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz; 'KhirkeeYaan' 
(2006) by Shaina Anand  and many other works.
Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to 
make and stream their own celebrity-style 
television interviews in the gallery with the 
restaging of the online web project MakeTV (2006) 
by artist group Active Ingredient (Rachel Jacobs 
and Matt Watkins)


- Yokomono by the Staalplaat Soundsystem
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/programme/events/staalplaat
Yokomono is one of the best known projects of 
Staalplaat Soundsystem founded by Geert-Jan 
Hobijn and  Carsten Stabenow. Four cars called 
'vinyl killers' will run round specially made 
vinyl records. Each one is effectively a record 
player, fitted with a wireless FM transmitter 
which sends signals to stacks of radios piled up 
in Newcastle's alt.gallery.


- Bairdcast: A History of Machine Translation - 
Yuko Mohri (exhibition, commission)
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/programme/events/bairdcast-media
Japanese media artist Yuko Mohri, has created a 
new installation for AV Festival 08 inspired by 
the work of TV pioneer John Logie Baird.  The 
installation at Newcastle's Discovery Museum 
reflects Yuko Mohri's take on old and new 
television technologies.


- 3 radio stations, - AV Festival on NE1FM, 
Resonance FM at mima & Soundscape FM
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/onair
AV Festival 08 has three radio stations all 
broadcasting on FM. If you live in 
NewcastleGateshead, Sunderland or Middlesbrough 
you'll be able to tune in any time 24 hours a day 
from 28 February - 8 March. These special radio 
stations will be broadcasting radio art, news, 
music, live concerts and special programmes from 
across the festival to your radio.


- the AV Festival 08 Opening Gala, featuring John Cage's Variations VII
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/programme/events/opening-gala
On BALTIC's Level 1, as part of AV Festival 08's 
opening gala, one of John Cage's most noted 
performances is to be recreated for the first 
time in the UK. The original Variations VII took 
place at 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering in New 
York, in 1966. Cage intended the work to 
transform the building into a broadcast space. 
Alongside, radios and televisions collecting 
sounds, there were 10 phone lines connected to 
city locations. Photoelectric cells triggered 
different sound sources off and on as the 
performers moved around. The aim, said Cage, was 
to "go fishing" for sounds. AV Festival 08 are 
staging an entirely new version of the work, 
performed by an exceptional ensemble - Atau 
Tanaka, Matt Wand, and Newcastle duo 
:zoviet*france:
After Variations VII, Staalplaat Soundsystem will 
delight visitors by orchestrating a wireless 
symphony with a performance version of Yokomono.


- Music & Machines VIII  - AV Festival 08 conference
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/programme/events/music-and-machines
This international two day conference will 
present different ways that artists and musicians 
engage with radio and broadcast technologies. 
Douglas Kahn, Brandan LaBelle (Norway/USA), 
Tetsuo Kogawa (Japan), Marko Peljhan (Slovenia), 
Sneha Solanki (UK), Laura Kuhn (USA), Julie 
Martin (USA) and others all feature on Day 1. 
Atau Tanaka (UK/Japan/USA), Heidi Grundmann 
(Austria), Andreas Broeckmann (Germany), Tao G. 
Vrhovec Sambolec (Slovenia) and others, all 
feature on Day 2.


- Radiophonia - by Broadcast, Dick Mills ( BBC 
Radiophonic Workshop), Jean-Jacques Perrey et al
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/programme/events/radiophonia
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the BBC 
Radiophonic Workshop, original workshop member 
Dick Mills will give an illustrated talk about 
their work. Radiophonia also includes an 
appearance by the legendary Jean-Jacques Perrey, 
whose inventive work since the 1950s firmly 
placed electronic music within popular culture 
and influenced a generation. + a radiophonic DJ 
set by the UK band Broadcast and a live 
performance by electronic artist Brian Duffy in 
collaboration with a participation group from The 
Sage Gateshead.


- Waygood's Amateur Radio Rally
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/programme/events/radio-rally
A radio rally in the Grainger Market, Newcastle, 
in collaboration with Waygood Gallery which has 
created a new Arts Amateur Radio Club to explore 
the creative possibilities of the medium.


- Reality Soundtrack by Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/programme/events/reality-soundtrack
Reality Soundtrack by Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec is 
a moving sound intervention in public spaces. 25 
or more participants equipped with small radio 
receivers walk together through the city, all 
transmitting the same electronic composition, 
broadcasted from a radio station. The goal of the 
intervention is to transpose an actual situation 
in public space onto a plane of fictionality. The 
sound intervention alters the mode of perception 
of a random passer-by listener. That which a 
listener sees becomes a fiction and support for 
that which he or she hears.


- Autechre with SND & Rob Hall
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/programme/events/autechre
Autechre bring angular machine music to the 
masses, celebrating their new album Quaristice 
(Warp). This unfeasibly popular duo take the 
sounds of Todd Terry, Mantronik and Kraftwerk, 
jam them through corrupted hardware, and bring 
Cage and Stockhausen to the dancefloor. In the 
dark. Also in attendance will be Sheffield's 
clicks n' cuts funk duo SND and Rob Hall of 
Gescom and Manchester's legendary Skam label.


- Desert Island TV
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/programme/events/desert-island
Listeners to BBC Radio 4 will be familiar with 
the iconic show Desert Island Discs, which asks 
well- known personalities to choose the songs 
which have been the soundtrack to their lives.
In this twist on the broadcast classic, we have 
asked two very special guests along.
We're delighted to announce that North East 
broadcasting legend Paddy MacDee who talked his 
way to the top of the radio tree many years ago 
and is currently riding on the crest of an 
airwave with his popular late night show on BBC 
Radio Newcastle will be under the spotlight as he 
is interviewed about the television programmes 
that have shaped his life.






___ AV Festival 08: programme

The full programme can be downloaded or viewed 
online: http://www.avfestival.co.uk/programme

Forthcoming commissions & premieres include:

- A Marriage of Shadows - by Michael Edgerton (concert, world premiere)
- Aeriology - by Joyce Hinterding (exhibition, UK Premiere)
- Atlas of Electromagnetic Space - (installation, co-commission)
- Deep Play - Harun Farocki (exhibition, UK Premiere)
- Now Hear This - Marcus Coates, Zoe Irvine & 
People Like Us (outdoor sound works, commissions)
- War of the Worlds - directed by Joanna Read 
(theatrical performance, commission)
- Scatter! - by Marko Peljhan (performance, commission)
- Whispering in the Leaves - Chris Watson 
(installation & performance, co-commission)
- AV:ISIONs Club & lounge nights - various dates
- Disinformation & Strange Attractor - in National Grid - 5 March
- Prepared Radios - Ryota Kuwakubo
- Slow TV - Various artists
- Artists' Talks by JosÚ Luis de Vicente & Irma 
VilÓ, Chris Watson, Yuko Mohri & others
- At the Top of the Game: Jimmy McGovern - a talk 
by the celebrated television writer
- Northern Screenwriters Conference 2008  - a 
conference for screenwriters - 4 - 5 March
- The Television Will Not Be Revolutionised - a 
2-day debate on broadcasting featuring Bill 
Thompson and others - 6 - 7 March

Download the full programme online: http://www.avfestival.co.uk/programme


___AV Festival 08: tickets
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/tickets

Tickets to all AV Festival events are on sale 
from the AV Festival Box Office at the Tyneside 
Cinema.
Phone:  +44 191 232 8289
Email:  [log in to unmask]

** Tickets are already selling out for major 
events so book now if you wish to attend **


___AV Festival 08: organisation
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/about

AV Festival 08 is organised by Audio Visual Arts 
North East and forms part of NewcastleGateshead's 
world-class festivals and events programme 
managed by culture10, based at NewcastleGateshead 
Initiative.


___AV Festival 08: supporters
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/supporters

Arts Council England, North East, Newcastle City 
Council, Gateshead Council, ONE NorthEast, 
Middlesbrough Council, Sunderland City Council, 
Tyneside Cinema, Northern Film & Media, UK Film 
Council, European Regional Development Fund, V.

Event Supporters: Anime projects, Castle Keep, 
Digista, The Leverhulme Trust, MAP, Media Routes, 
Ormiston Wires, PRS Foundation, Triple Echo.

AV has developed close working relationships with 
some of the region's key cultural organisations. 
Our partners include alt.gallery, BALTIC, Centre 
for LIFE, Centre for Excellence In Teaching and 
Learning Music and Inclusivity (Newcastle 
University), Cineworld, Cornerhouse, CRUMB, 
CultureLab (Newcastle University), Design Centre 
(University of Sunderland), Discovery Museum, 
forma, IDI (University of Teesside), ISIS, 
Locus+, mima, Media Centre (University of 
Sunderland), Mobile Cinema, National Glass 
Centre, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, 
NE1 FM, No-Fi, NOVAK, Northern Screenwriters 
Conference, Reg Vardy Gallery, Resonance FM, 
/slab, Star & Shadow Cinema, Sunderland Museum & 
Winter Gardens, The Hatton Gallery, The Sage 
Gateshead, Tyne & Wear Museums, Waygood, 
Multistorey, White Hot Communications, 
Velcrobelly & Evolve.


___AV Festival 08: contacts

For more information contact:

AV Festival
c/o Tyneside Cinema at Gateshead Old Town Hall
West Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HE
UK
Tel: +44 (0)191 2328289, ext 112
Email: [log in to unmask]
http://www.avfestival.co.uk/

The AV Festival is run by Audio Visual Arts North 
East. A Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered 
in England No 06141603. Registered Charity Number 
1120368.  Registered Office: c/- Tyneside Cinema 
at the Old Town Hall, Gateshead, West Street, 
Gateshead, NE8 1HE, UK

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