Posted: Jan 23, 2010
ENGLISH JOURNEY REVISITED: IAIN SINCLAIR AND ALAN MOORE
with FM EINHEIT, STEPHEN O'MALLEY, SUSAN STENGER AND GRAHAM DOLHIN
The Sage Gateshead, Sun 14th March, 8:00pm
In 1933, during the Great Depression, JB Priestley travelled from London to the North East to write his legendary book English Journey. His social commentary influenced the thoughts of an entire generation, inspiring George Orwell and informing both the creation of the welfare state and the birth of CND.
Over 75 years since its publication, in a new era of recession, AV Festival 10 brings together leading writers and musicians to perform moments from a contemporary journey, offering new social observations and predictions of the future.
Iain Sinclair is one of Britain’s most original writers and filmmakers. Since the 1960s his work has presented a new vision of the modern city. His seminal work London Orbital was based on a walk around the M25.
Alan Moore is a British writer most famous for his powerful work in graphic novels including the acclaimed series Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell.
The performance is underscored by a specially commissioned soundscape performed by musicians: FM Einheit (from influential 1980s German band Einstürzende Neubauten), Stephen O’Malley (founder of leading drone doom bands Sunn O))), KTL, Gravetemple) and Susan Stenger (leading performer of music by John Cage and Christian Wolff and co-founder of Band of Susans, The Brood, Big Bottom).
It also features a new projected moving image work by Iain Sinclair and artist Graham Dolphin, which follows their residency at the Northern Region Film and Television Archive.
Just as Priestley’s travels across Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Middlesbrough marked the northern ending point of his journey, this performance marks the dramatic end of AV Festival 10.
Alan Moore, Southbank Centre, London 2007. Photo Andrew Bulhak