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Here in the North East we are currently in the midst of AV Festival with it’s theme of ‘As Slow As Possible’. Since the 1st March and through to the 31st March there is a multitude of exhibitions, film screenings, music events and radio broadcasts being held across Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

On Saturday past my girlfriend and I decided to go against the grain of the festival theme and try to cram in as much of what the festival had to offer in Newcastle within one afternoon. And it was certainly worth it.
We took in a variety of works ranging from the intriguing Jonathan Schipper’s ‘Slow Motion Car Crash’, the sensory overload of Benedict Drew’s ‘The Persuaders’, the minimal clattering of  Yoshi Wada’s sound installation, the super slow sounds of Jem Finer’s ‘Slowplayer’ amongst others.
All of which were great and very much worth a visit, but one exhibition in particular that really stuck a chord with us and that was Agnes Meyer-Brandis’ ‘The Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility’ 
Taking her inspiration from the 1638 book ‘The Man On The Moone’ by Francis Godwin that tells the story of a character who flies to to the moon on a chariot towed by moon geese. Meyer-Brandis combines modern science with romantic science fiction to amazing effect. You are first presented with a beautiful, warm and often very funny documentary of her raising and training here moon geese in preparation for their flight to the moon. You then get to enter the Control Room where you can view live streams of the moon geese within their lunar landscape, set up just like a real NASA facility. Amazing stuff!
Full listing of all the AV Festival goings on are available here.