About Us

 

“The revolution will be televised, digitised, analysed and theorised if this festival for ‘anarchists of the imagination’ is anything to go by.”

- The Guardian

 

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a catalyst for new approaches to art-making and digital invention, commissioning ground breaking projects which challenge the definitions of art and moving image.

Inviting artists to hijack the imagination, by developing projects which abandon traditional settings and partnerships. AND brings together an eclectic mix of academics, filmmakers, scientists and anarchists to actively push the boundaries of audience experience and arts production.

With a distinct emphasis on creative enquiry and provocations, AND creates a space where artists can reflect on and play with the impact of new technologies.

The AND portfolio consists of screenings, visual and media art, performances, residencies, public realm interventions and a roaming biennial Festival.

 

“Not only does and champion a certain notion of experimental art, its very structure aims to upset received notions of what an arts organisation and festival should be.”

- Sight & Sound

 

Background: AND was originally founded by national organisations FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Cornerhouse and folly.

To date AND has commissioned 56 new works and has worked with over 300 contemporary artists including Eva and Franco Mattes, Brody Condon, Molleindustria, Ubermorgan, Andrew Kötting, John O’ Shea, Heath Bunting, Oreet Ashery, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Stephen Fortune, Carolee Schneeman, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Gillian Wearing, Phil Collins, Rafael Lozano Hemmer, The Yes Men, Centre of Attention and Jamie King.

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