Abandon Normal Devices. Festival of new cinema and Digital Culture

Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture. Liverpool. 23-27 septembre 2009.
23-27 September 2009 & 2011 Liverpool
April 2010, 2011, 2012 Cumbria & Lancashire
September 2010 & 2012 Manchester & Cheshire

«Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a new festival that welcomes audiences to experience the best in new cinema and media art in a celebration that spills from screens and galleries into the streets and imaginations of the North West. AND exists to create a space where artists and filmmakers can offer striking new perspectives, and visitors can enjoy, discuss and interact with ideas, in a festival that questions the normal and champions a different approach.

The festival will take place in Liverpool and Manchester on alternate years, with an extended programme in Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire. Expect an eclectic array of screenings, installations, online projects, public realm interventions, workshops and live events, with a distinctive emphasis on ideas and discussion.»

AND is presented by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) (Liverpool), Cornerhouse (Manchester) and folly (Lancaster).

Artistes :

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Primitive
Primitive is a multi-screen video installation harmonising Weerasethakul’s talent as a filmmaker and video artist.

Carolee Schneemann
Revered for her pioneering and provocative work in performance and film, Schneemann deploys her own body as both subject matter and a source of knowledge.

Keep It Slick - Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men
Political artists of the last decade. The show will also involve opportunities for interaction with the Yes Men themselves.

Krzysztof Wodiczko War Veteran Vehicle
War Veteran Vehicle is a new large-scale video projection for a public space in Liverpool. Wodiczko is interested in the situation of soldiers who fought during recent armed conflicts and are returning to civilian life, and for the this project will work with men and women from the Northwest who have experienced active duty in the armed forces. He represented Poland in this year’s Venice Biennale.

KMA Strange Attractors - The Anatomy of Dr Tulp
Strange Attractors - The Anatomy of Dr Tulp is a study of embodied discourse; how we use our bodies to move and to communicate in a material world, and how our bodies mediate between the internal and external worlds, at a microscopic and global level. Using light projected onto the ground, it examines the relationship between the motion of real, inanimate, and virtual bodies.

DJ Spooky presents Rebirth of a Nation
Transforming the new Liverpool Museum into a gigantic cinema screen, AND will present a night of remixed and remastered moving image, including a unique version of Rebirth of a Nation, DJ Spooky’s audiovisual remix of DW Griffith’s infamous Birth of a Nation.

Action Diana by The Centre of Attention
Artists The Centre of Attention have been creating a cover version of a classic feature film shot for shot using members of the public as the stars. Experimenting with the notion of re-appropriation and re-mix, The Centre of Attention push participation into uncomfortable realms, questioning both the gallery as an exhibition space, and the poverty of video art in relation to cinema.

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