north west for 2012

Abandon Normal Devices Festival

Part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

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


Upcoming events

The Humble Market - Trade Secrets 2 1

Fri 22 Jun 2012 to Sun 26 Aug 2012 at FACT

Mechanical Games

Wed 1 Feb 2012 to Wed 18 Apr 2012 & Wed 29 Aug 2012 to Sun 2 Sep 2012 at Manchester Live Site

Abandon Normal Devices Preview 2 1

Fri 22 Jun 2012 to Sat 23 Jun 2012 at Cornerhouse, Manchester

Pigs Bladder Football 2

Wed 29 Aug 2012 to Sun 2 Sep 2012 at Cornerhouse

Mobile Republic 1

Fri 10 Aug 2012 to Sat 11 Aug 2012 at Whitehaven Harbour

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Presented by FACT and Cornerhouse

The festival is funded by the Legacy Trust, Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, Creative England and the Wellcome Trust.

AND is part of WE PLAY, the North West cultural legacy programme for the Cultural Olympiad, funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from London 2012 by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.

Photo still from 'Piercing Brightness' 2012, directed by Shezad Dawood.

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