Abandon Normal Devices

This October sees the return of Abandon Normal Devices (AND), celebrating all that’s new and exciting in digital culture, art and cinema.

AND Festival 2013
AND Festival 2013

The theme of 2013’s AND is ‘making the impossible possible’, featuring artists whose practise organisers deem to do just that.

The works on show, which often fuse disciplines including film, art, science and technology, will cover topics such as modern defence tactics and the use of special effects.

 Los Ferronautas
Los Ferronautas

While last year’s festival took place across the whole of the North West, coinciding with the Manchester leg of the Olympic torch relay, this year’s festival will take place in Liverpool, with the FACT gallery as its hub.

No Permanent Address, 2010, Mark Boulos

Source: Image courtesy of artist and Lisson Gallery.

No Permanent Address, 2010, Mark Boulos

Another change for this year’s event is a new format – a week-long atelier programme of ‘training for artists by artists’ will precede a three-day festival of exhibitions, performances, debates and live events.

Souvenir, Soviet Animation in 3D
Souvenir, Soviet Animation in 3D

One of the highlights looks set to be the AND Fair on Saturday 5 October, which organisers say is based on the format of olden-day World Fairs. Projects on show will range from the large and fantastical, such as ‘flying machines’, to optical illusions and biological probes to the minutiae of computer algorithms.

Elsewhere, Mexican artists Los Ferronautas will be showing his SEFT-1 vehicle, created in collaboration with The Arts Catalyst.

 Los Ferronautas
Los Ferronautas

The piece is a terrifying-looking road and rail research vehicle, which has thus far traversed the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

From Yu to Me, Aleksandra Domanovi.
From Yu to Me, Aleksandra Domanovi.

Among the films on show will be From Yu To Me by Aleksandra Domanovic, which explores the history of the internet in former Yugoslavia, and Mark Boulos’ Echo immersive video installation, which will see ‘doppelgangers’ of visitors to the show transposed into a new urban setting, placed in steams of fast-moving traffic.

Echo, Mark Boulos
Echo, Mark Boulos

Abandon Normal Devices runs from 3 – 5 October at various Liverpool venues. For more information visit www.andfestival.org.uk

 Los Ferronautas
Los Ferronautas

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