AV Festival 14: EXTRACTION presents the work of artists and filmmakers who are re-imagining the geologic by responding to the natural landscape of North East England and beyond, from Neolithic rock art and glacial erosion to the remnants of the coal mining and minerals industries. With a focus on historic and contemporary interests, the works will explore social concerns with the global exploitation of material resources.
The project explores the raw materials that create our experience of the world, from their origins deep inside the earth, to their extraction and transformation through artistic, industrial and manufacturing processes. The curated programme features exhibitions, film screenings and new commissions by internationally renowned artists.
At Newcastle’s Mining Institute, Anna Molska’s film installation re-imagines Nobel Prize winner, playwright and novelist Gerhart Johann Hauptmann’s play about the revolt of weavers in 1844 in the contemporary context of workers’ apathy in the Polish coal mining region of Silesia.
A major figure in a new documentary movement, Wang Bing has been gathering momentum in China over the last decade, and will present as a gallery installation the UK premiere of his acclaimed 14-hour film Crude Oil, following the long working day of Chinese crude oil extractors. Cinema presentations of his other films includes the three-part, nine-hour depiction of industrial decline in West of the Tracks and Man with No Name. Bing reveals intimate portraits of people living in a deserted wasteland in an unnamed part of China in his films Coal Money and The Ditch.
AV Festival 14: EXTRACTION takes place 1 – 31 March. Venues include mima, Middlesbrough; Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland; Sage Gateshead, BALTIC; Laing Art Gallery; Tyneside Cinema and Star and Shadow Cinema and other places in Newcastle and across the region.
For more information on the full programme visit www.avfestival.co.uk.
1. Film still from Roots (2012), Kaoru Ikeya. Courtesy of the director and AV Festival 14.