Abandon Normal Devices Festival (AND) is an energetic festival of art, digital culture and new cinema. AND’s mission is to change the way we think and push the boundaries of audience experience through a programme that spills out from the screens into the imaginations and streets of the North West.
For 2012, AND explores the endless pursuit of success. In the year the UK hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games, AND looks at the high value we put on competitive lifestyles. How do we define success and how does this shape society? Featuring exhibitions, performances, screenings and debates, the Festival will challenge the current state of play to find an alternative.
The festival will take place in Manchester with an extended regional programme. Since 2009 AND has commissioned work from Carolee Schneemann, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Gillian Wearing, Phil Collins, Rafael Lozano Hemmer, the Yes Men, Ubermorgen and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
"Not only does AND champion a certain notion of experimental art, its very structure aims to upset received notions of what an art and film festival should be." – Sight and Sound