Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Feast for Eyes and Ears

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Feast for Eyes and Ears

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Andrew fenwick has been at the AV Festival, which ends this weekend. Here's what he has thought of it so far

ONE of the most innovative and exciting arts programme the region has seen in recent times opened last week in Newcastle and Sunderland.

The Audio:Visual (AV) Festival is a celebration of digital music, animation, art and new media aimed at showcasing the growing bond between man and machine.

The grand opening of the event, which runs until this weekend, took place at the former Odeon Cinema building on Pilgrim Street.

Unleashing their awe-inspiring Man With A Movie Camera production in the dazzling Art Deco surroundings, were The Cinematic Orchestra, a band whose revolutionary fusion of jazz and techno with classic cinema has gained them an international cult following.

Their cult status has been heightened by the fact that they rarely perform live due to the overwhelming logistics involved in staging the production, so the chance of seeing them provide a note-perfect soundtrack to Dziga Vertov's avant-garde masterpiece of 1929 was made even more special.

Other highlights included Finisterre, a film made by experimental dance pop outfit, Saint Etienne. The 60-minute movie was designed to act as a psycho-geographical exploration of London.

The film formed part of the Onedotzero series of digital productions, which emphasise the growing use of digital technology in the once analogue-ruled industry.

The British premiere of Interstellar 5555 was also witnessed at the Tyneside Cinema. Commissioned by French electro-funk entrepreneurs Daft Punk for a cool pounds 2.5 million, this animated feature film is the work of legendary Japanese artist Leiji Matsumoto.

The wildly colourful and hugely entertaining Manga House Rock Opera was appreciated by adults and children alike, and successfully complemented the excellent soundtrack. …

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