Abandon Normal Devices (AND) [uk Manchester]

Abandon Normal Devices (AND)Festival of New Cinema & Digital Culture :; October 1-7, 2010 ::

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a new festival, taking place across the Northwest until 2012 and beyond. A catalyst for production and experimentation, AND invites us to consider what are our normal devices and how might we abandon them?

From October 1-7, 2010 AND ventures into Manchester for a hybrid undertaking of cinema, performance and media art. We invite anarchists of the imagination to challenge the behaviours and systems that define who we are, through politically deconstructed networks, archives and reconfigured stereotypes. Our identities will be contested by an array of thinkers, cultural provocateurs, designers, filmmakers and artists. A week long feast for curious minds and disillusioned spirits – Welcome to Abandon Normal Devices!

Highlights October 2010

Shrink performances by Lawrence Malstaf – Friday, Monday, Tuesday at The Freemasons’ Hall. Shrink invites you to contemplate and analyse the human form as volunteers are shrink-wrapped in a PVC cocoon.

AND Salons Join us for the AND Salons, the festival’s popular midday debates that bring together a variety of leading voices to challenge our beliefs and stir our opinions. 12:00 – 14:00 – Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Protect Me From What I Want – film plus Q &A with internationally renowned musician and artist, Kalup Linzy – Saturday midday

Self Made, UK Premiere of Gillian Wearing’s first feature film with Q & A after 20:00 performance – Saturday Night

Midnight Mass AND proudly presents the UK debut of underground San Francisco phenomena, starring horror hostess Peaches Christ in this Rocky Horror-style celebration with UK premiere of All About Evil – Saturday & Sunday late night

Pepperminta, Dir Pipilotti Rist first feature film plus Q&A – Sunday Evening

#media2012 – social media conference, with expertise in new and social media from around the UK, discussions will focus on opportunities, strategy and vision, to create a new media legacy for the Games and engage UK networks to discuss prospects within the context of an increasingly Digital Britain – Monday all day

Radioactivism Workshop – Plan C How Did They Get Away with it? Thursday

Running throughout the festival

marxism today – Phill Collins – Cornerhouse

UnSpooling:artists and cinema – Cornerhouse, greenroom, Islington Mill, 52
Princess Street

Plan C activity is still a mystery, however it will be as imposing as it is inviting. “We wanted to share something special from Chernobyl with the rest of the world,” declared artist Eva Mattes, “Kids will love it” – Whitworth Park

Recorders – Rafael Lozano-Hemmer – Manchester City Art Gallery

Empire’s Borders II – Western Enterprises inc – Chinese Arts Centre

Designed Disorder – CUBE

Offering a high calibre and energetic programme, Abandon Normal Devices 2010 will sprawl across and out from Manchester’s cultural spaces. The festival is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and forms part of WE PLAY, the North West cultural legacy project led by new regional partnerships and managed by Arts Council England.

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