AV Festival 2012: What We Are Anticipating

The twelfth AV Festival, As Slow as Possible (titled after ASLSP [As SLow aS Possible], by pioneering artist John Cage), will be held in the UK this March, and it’s lining up to be an exciting one.  The biennial event is the leading international Festival of contemporary art, music and film and, for the first ever, will run an entire month.  Here’s what we are most excited about:


Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March

Radio Boredcast is a 744-hour continuous online radio project, curated by artist Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) with AV Festival. In response to our ambiguous relationship with time – do we have too much or not enough? – Radio Boredcast celebrates the detail, complexity and depth of experience lost through our obsession with speed.

With over 100 participants Radio Boredcast includes new and unpublished works, freeform radio shows, field recordings, interviews, monologues and much, much more. Thematic playlists will run throughout from “Acconci” to “Zzz…”  We’ve also caught word that Tapeworm is somehow related to this project.

You can listen continuously for a month, or for hours, minutes, or seconds online.


Wishful Thinking: In Remembrance of Peter Christopherson (1955–2010)

Sat 17 March, 8pm–12am

Throbbing Gristle founding member Peter Christopherson sadly passed before completing the final Gristle record and before performing his composition commisioned by AV Festival.  So with this event, other Gristle founding members Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti will be performing selections from the unfinished record (that is still calimed to eventually see the light of day), and Christopherson‘s original collaborators for the commission, visual artist Alex Rose, sound recordist Chris Watson, and vocalist Attila Csihar will premiere three performance sketches.  We are really excited about this.  Would be even better if Genesis P-Orridge was involved.


Exhibition: On Kawara’s One Million Years

On Kawara’s One Million Years is an ongoing epic work conceived by the artist in 1969, documenting the passage of chronological time. This 20-volume work is a typewritten record of one million years – Past and Future. Biblical in scale, each volume contains 2,068 pages. Past is dedicated to “all those who have lived and died” and Future is “for the last one”.

This exhibition is a unique opportunity for you to read from the work, and participate in the extraordinary project to complete a public reading of the entire One Million Years. This is only the second time live readings have taken place in the UK.


Phill Niblock: The Movement of People Working

Fri 2 March, 7.45-10.15pm

This leading US minimalist composer and filmmaker, presents his music and films simultaneously in a special concert. The films, made between 1973-1991, focus on labourers working in locations including Peru, Mexico, China and Japan. His slowly evolving music of long tones echoes the workers’ repetition, to create an otherworldly experience.


Screening: Sergio Caballero: Finisterrae

Two Russian-speaking ghosts leave the Sonar Music Festival, along the pilgrim path to Santiago de Compostela then on to Finisterre: the end of the world, to seek rebirth. Inspired by Garrel’s 1972 film The Inner Scar, this surreal and humorous tale is Caballero’s first feature, with a stunning soundtrack including Nico and Suicide.


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