Canal & River Residency / Fragments (2012)

A residency programme has been a key part of Abandon Normal Devices since it was founded in 2009, providing artists with a test bed for new work as well as giving them the opportunity to collaborate with organisations such as the Forestry Commission and DaDa (Disability and Deaf Arts).

In 2011 AND initiated a residency with the Canal & River Trust that provided artists with a period of time on the waterways in which to research and create new work.

Fragments International Ensemble were chosen for the residency for their film proposal Inside/Out. A small crew lived, worked and filmed on a canal boat for one month during the summer of 2012, creating four short films about a couple trying to find love in a confined space. Their journey down the Manchester and Pennine waterways brought together devised cinematic scenes, interactions with characters along the canal and stunning photography of the Manchester and Rochdale waterways. The films (below) were released through social media in the lead up to the AND festival that year.

Inside/Out was developed in partnership with The Canal & River Trust and Rochdale Canal Festival.

Inside/Out Episode One from Fragments on Vimeo.

Inside/Out from Fragments on Vimeo.