About Abandon Normal Devices

Yes Men for Abandon Normal Devices at AND Festival

“Not only does Abandon Normal Devices 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 and Sound

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a nomadic commissioner and born-digital producer unafraid to enter new territories and broker new partnerships.

We propose a significant shift in the way that art is experienced through staging projects that spill out of the gallery and into the ‘street’. Our portfolio includes the UK’s only roaming festival, which takes place in a new location every edition and an annual commissioning programme, which can take the form of public art, site specific film happenings and cross platform productions.

Bypassing traditional formats and disciplines, our projects are essential and urgent guides to understanding the dynamic and ongoing relationship between audiences, art and technology, often providing multiple, disruptive,  and profoundly different worlds to exist in.

With a distinct emphasis on creative enquiry and provocation, our commissions foster a richer and more critical digital culture, offering complex and global perspectives from the worlds of cinema and contemporary art. Audiences around the world and in the UK, are invited to interact with bold ideas, encounter new art-forms and experience art, in the everyday and in unexpected locations.

Abandon Normal Devices has commissioned 100 new works and has worked with pioneering and award winning artists, which now amounts to over 300 contemporary artists including Aram Bartholl, Eva and Franco Mattes, the award winning Julian Oliver, Brody Condon, Molleindustria, Ubermorgan, HeHe, Andrew Kötting, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, Heath Bunting, Oreet Ashery, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Carolee Schneeman, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Gillian Wearing, Phil Collins, Rafael Lozano Hemmer, The Yes Men.  Works have toured internationally to Germany, China, Indonesia, USA, Italy, and Australia, as well as across the UK.

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