23 May 2012Douglas Gordon: The End of Civilisation

Photo by Colin Davison

Filming finished this week on our new commission The End of Civilisation by Douglas Gordon. Read all about it in the Guardian's Northerner Blog

A grand piano burns in this epic film by Turner prize-winning Scottish artist Douglas Gordon.

On a site overlooking the ‘barbarian border’ between England and Scotland, a beacon is hidden deep within the Cumbrian landscape. Although re-enacting an ancient tradition this is no ordinary burning, as Gordon is dragging one of the western world’s great icons to serve as a warning and a celebration, invoking Werner Herzog's 1982 film 'Fitzcarraldo'. The End of Civilisation will be shown at the iconic Tyne Theatre, built on the site of a stretch of Hadrian’s Wall in Newcastle city centre.

The End of Civilisation is a Great North Run Culture and Locus+ True Spirit co-commission – work that explores the true spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The film is also part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. 

Free but ticketed – Thursday 5th July 7.30pm, Friday 6th July 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tyne Theatre, 105-119 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AG

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