Thursday 27 May – Sunday 11 July 2021

Birkenhead – Ellesmere Port – Liverpool – Online

AND Festival resurfaced for 2021, taking us on an extraordinary journey responding to the Manchester Ship Canal and River Mersey. The programme followed the flows of shipping, energy and political power structures, from container ports on our doorsteps to the depths of the ocean floor; through ecosystems bound up with industrial chemicals, minerals and microplastics, to their effects on our planet, human and non-human bodies.

AND Festival 2021 took place online, on docklands and on the water, featuring field trips in the physical world via augmented reality seascapes, immersive voyages and floating laboratories, expanded through an online programme of radical and disruptive artworks, film screenings, performances, talks and workshops. Inviting radical artists, critical thinkers and curious audiences to renavigate the industrial landscape from physical and virtual perspectives, the programme brings into focus the oceanic scale of networked industries and infrastructures that form part of our daily contemporary consumption.

Audiences local and remote were invited to trace the entangled flows of shipping routes, oil refineries, chemical industries, recycling plants and energy systems from these ports, and unearth the impact on our ways of living.

Artists who presented work in the festival: Hakeem Adam, aio0o0o0, AssemblyYaYa Bones (Ayesha Tan Jones)Marija Bozinovska JonesKate DaviesSarah DavachiAngeliki DiakrousiAnita FontaineMary MaggicKali MaloneLuiza Prado de. O MartinsMaxwell MutandaNew EmergencesTulapop SaenjaroenAura Satzmariëlle verdijkIgnatia Nilam Agustapublic works and Sissel Marie Tonn.

Guest curators and contributors included: Dr Danielle-Maria AdmissAngela ChanTendai MutambuIgnatia Nilam AgustaScalarama Merseyside, Natasha Thembiso Ruwona and Matt Turner.

Thu 27th May 2021

AND Festival will resurface on the physical and virtual waves of the Manchester Ship Canal and River Mersey for 2021.

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AND Festival 2021

Thu 27th May — Sun 11th Jul 2021
Fri 9th Jul 2021

Enter an subaqueous sonic reality on Kate Davies’ By the Sound of Things; a 3-hour immersive audiovisual experience onboard the unique steam-powered Mersey-built, Daniel Adamson.

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By the Sound of Things \\ Kate Davies

Fri 9th Jul — Sun 11th Jul 2021
Digital images of plastic above seawater
Thu 27th May 2021

Toxicity’s Reach presents a collection of installations, spanning multiple disciplines as a way of exploring how industrial chemicals that are found in our waterways affect humans, animals and the landscape we live in.

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Toxicity’s Reach

Thu 27th May — Sun 31st Mar 2024
Thu 27th May 2021

Re-enacting the historical and modern flow of people, cargo, data and power One-Fifth of the Earth’s Surface invites you to walk amongst it and view how three continents are tethered via transatlantic data cables, air and sea routes and trade.

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One-Fifth of the Earth’s Surface \\ Hakeem Adam and Maxwell Mutanda

Thu 27th May — Sun 31st Mar 2024
Fri 11th Jun 2021 Ι

Conceived as a floating laboratory, WetLab is a space for creative minds to openly engage with the public and explore the ecology of the canal, envisaging potential future uses for this once essential piece of this national infrastructure.

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WetLab \\ public works + Assembly

Fri 11th Jun — Sun 13th Jun 2021
Thu 24th Jun 2021

Psychedelic audio-visual sculptures explode from land and water, and the Liverpool skyline playfully shapeshifts revealing a surreal alternate reality of the urban landscape in this new AR work.

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The Blue Violet River \\ Anita Fontaine

Thu 24th Jun — Sun 27th Jun 2021
Bodies intertwined against white background
Sat 12th Jun 2021 Ι

This new edition of Beginningless Mind activated embodied knowledge through movement, in an ongoing collaboration with 33EMYBW, J.G. Biberkopf (Gediminas Zygus) and Jayson Haebich, and an…

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Beginningless Mind: (rivers, rhythms, rituals) \\ Marija Bozinovska Jones

Sat 12th Jun 2021
Thu 1st Jul 2021

Does Spring Hide Its Joy was an immersive audio experience by American composer Kali Malone featuring musicians Stephen O’Malley and Lucy Railton….

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Does Spring Hide Its Joy \\ Kali Malone

Thu 1st Jul — Sun 4th Jul 2021
Fri 18th Jun 2021 Ι 7pm

AND Festival 2021 commissioned artist and filmmaker Tulapop Saenjaroen to create a new short film exploring themes of globalised networks, territoriality, and…

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Notes from the Periphery \\ Tulapop Saenjaroen

Fri 18th Jun — Sun 11th Jul 2021