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Douglas Gordon: The End of Civilisation

Great North Run Culture

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Douglas Gordon: The End of Civilisation

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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. The film 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. 

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Tyne Theatre
105-119 Westgate Road

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Great North Run Culture

Great North Run Culture is an annual series of arts projects, events and exhibitions which celebrate and explore sport and art. Featuring film, photography, dance, drama, writing, participation projects and much more, Great North Run Culture uses the world's largest half-marathon as the starting point for exciting, innovative and accessible art.

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