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AV FESTIVAL
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Review: Extraction theme brings depth and meaning to AV Festival

Throughout March, venues across the North-East are hosting exhibitions, film screenings and live performances as part of the biennial AV Festival, which this year is themed around the idea of ‘extraction’. We report from the opening weekend and take in some of the key shows in Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

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Derek Jarman. Photo: Ray Dean
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Derek Jarman: “He was shy and proper, radical and subversive”

The artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman died on 19 February 1994. To mark 20 years since his death from an AIDS-related illness, a series of events and screenings are happening throughout the year, including two recently opened exhibitions in London. We talk to the shows’ curators and explore the riches on display.

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Elizabeth Price receives the award from Mark Wallinger
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Elizabeth Price wins Annual Award

The £60,000 Contemporary Art Society Annual Award has been won by Elizabeth Price, in conjuction with an Oxford-based partnership led by the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.

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Encyclopaedia
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Life before Wikipedia: Encyclopaedia of ‘not-always-expert’ opinions

Originally released on CD-ROM, Alan Currall’s Encyclopaedia could be seen as a forerunner of today’s information and social networking sites. Now available online as part of Film and Video Umbrella’s 25th anniversary programme, we speak to the artist about his encyclopaedia of “apparently ‘certain’ knowledge”, while FVU Director Steven Bode explains the thinking behind the organisation’s celebrations.

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Moving image festival examines ecology of art

The second edition of the Artists’ Moving Image Festival at Tramway, Glasgow, features an eclectic selection of film exclusively programmed by artists and writers who have a connection to the city, and includes screenings of work by the American artist Ellen Cantor, who died earlier this year.

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Gesture Piece
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Sound gesture: an audio-visual collaboration

A new film by Vicki Bennett, screening exclusively online, takes footage of gestures and instructions and sets them to specially commissioned music and sound art. We talk to the artist – also known as People Like Us – about process, collaboration and digital viewing habits.

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