International exhibitions

International Archives 1st half of 2014

AV Festival 14: Extraction
Various locations, United Kingdom
01.03- 31.03.2014



E-Flux Press release

AV Festival 14: Extraction explores the raw materials that create our experience of the world, from their origins deep in the ground, to their extraction, transformation and global exploitation. Everything comes from the ground, digging the earth, pulling out material through mining or quarrying. Extraction creates new landforms, substances and residues, making visible hidden geological strata across vast time periods. Over a month this sixth edition of the biennial Festival re-imagines the geologic. The curated programme includes 11 exhibitions, 36 film screenings, 10 concerts, 11 new commissions and 25 UK premieres, across Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Middlesbrough in North East England.


AV Festival 14: Extraction, Different venues, United Kingdom

Artists: Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Gabriel Abrantes, Lara Almarcegui, Yuri Ancarani, Salvatore Arancio, Sven Augustijnen, Walead Beshty, Wang Bing, Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak, John Butcher& Rhodri Davies, Duncan Campbell, Pat Collins, Common Objects, Harun Farocki, Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi, Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Bruce McClure, Anna Molska, Aki Onda, Dennis Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Lee Patterson, Nicolas Rey, Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, Richard Skelton, Michael Snow, Simon Starling, Susan Stenger, Hito Steyerl, Akio Suzuki, Test Dept, The Otolith Group, Jessica Warboys, Chris Watson, and more…

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Exhibitions run throughout the Festival month. New works include Lara Almarcegui's geological tours of the last coal seams at Science Central in Newcastle; Akio Suzuki's sculptural sound works responding to the coast at Marsden Rock; Susan Stenger's sound installation transforming Northumberland coastal geology into the sonic; and Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak's installation referencing a bronze statue of the Russian miner Alexey Stakhanov.

UK premieres of existing works include Anna Molska's single screen film about the Polish coal mining region of Silesia; Wang Bing's acclaimed 14-hour film of Chinese crude oil extractors; and a solo exhibition by Jessica Warboys that brings together film, object and canvas.

The Festival curated group exhibitions focus on the materials of metal and stone. Metal includes work by artists including Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Simon Starling and Anja Kirschner & David Panos. Stone includes work by Dennis Oppenheim, Harun Farocki, Gabriel Orozco and Yuri Ancarani amongst others.