AND Festival 2009 \\ Liverpool, UK \\ 23 – 27 September

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival premiered in 2009, welcoming audiences to experience the best in new cinema and media art in a celebration that spilled from screens and galleries into the streets and imaginations of Liverpool. AND created a space where artists and filmmakers could offer striking new perspectives, and visitors could enjoy, discuss and interact with ideas, in a festival that questioned the normal and championed a different approach. Audiences were told to expect an eclectic array of screenings, installations, online projects, public realm interventions, workshops and live events, with a distinctive emphasis on ideas and discussion.

Wed 23rd Sep 2009

The festival explored physical, social and technological concepts of normality. Featuring artworks that were provocative, asking questions in a variety of ways, be they humorous, subtle or direct. Key themes included the body, intimacy and transformation, nomadic identities and trade, and innovators playing with cinematic form.

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AND Festival 2009

Wed 23rd — Sun 27th Sep 2009
Wed 23rd Sep 2009

AND presented a mouth-watering selection of Northwest premieres, mixing special previews of films seen on the big screen for the first time. From the imaginative use of archive material to marauding zombies, stand-up comedians and vengeful women. The programme featured outsiders and troublemakers, bodies and philosophy and plenty to discuss in the bar afterwards.

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AND Festival Film Programme (2009)

Wed 23rd — Sun 27th Sep 2009
Thu 24th Sep 2009

AND presented a series of workshops to accompany the 2009 programme.

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AND Festival: Workshops (2009)

Thu 24th — Sat 26th Sep 2009
Sun 20th Sep 2009

Taking its title from a piece by Michael Bell-Smith – a simple Google search for the phrase – From Now On This Blog Is Going…

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Net Art Programme: From Now On This Blog Is Going To Be… (2009)

Sun 20th — Sun 27th Sep 2009
Sun 27th Sep 2009 Ι 20:00 - 23:00

For the duration of the AND Festival 2009, filmmakers and artists from Liverpool and beyond worked together to produce exciting new short…

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Liverpool Kino Caberet (2009)

Sun 27th Sep 2009
Thu 24th Sep 2009

Showing time-based art is very different to exhibiting art objects, so how can art which uses the Internet, interactivity, social systems, or…

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Real-Time – Showing Art in the Age of New Media (2009)

Thu 24th Sep 2009
Thu 24th Sep 2009

Abandon Normal Devices and the Bluecoat teamed up to work with three artists, selected for their interest in live art, expanded cinema…

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Artists at Work \ Rules and Regs (2009)

Thu 24th — Fri 25th Sep 2009
Sat 26th Sep 2009

Inspired by a trade fair scene in the 1974 Francis Ford Coppola film “The Conversation” and your local jumble sale. Interface Amnesty played with the conventions…

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Interface Amnesty (2009)

Sat 26th Sep 2009
Sun 27th Sep 2009

As part of the online programme, curator Michael Connor provided the pizza and took us back to the heady days of 2004,…

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Stupid Pet Trick Pizza Party (2009)

Sun 27th — Sun 27th Sep 2009
Tue 28th Jul 2009

Founded by artists Tapio Mäkelä and Marko Peljhan, M.A.R.I.N. was a mobile residency programme set on board a catamaran sailboat, redesigned and equipped to be a sustainable environment for transdisciplinary research in arts, sciences and technology.

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M.A.R.I.N. \ Media Art Research Interdisciplinary Network (2009)

Tue 28th — Fri 9th Oct 2009
Fri 25th Sep 2009

AND Festival 2009 previewed an early demo version of Blast Theory’s Rider Spoke in Liverpool inviting the audience to feed into its…

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Rider Spoke \ Blast Theory (2009)

Fri 25th Sep 2009
Ongoing

Nearly 100 years after DW Griffith’s epic Birth of a Nation was released, DJ Spooky (aka Paul D Miller) has applied a…

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Rebirth of a Nation \ DJ Spooky (2009)

Fri 25th Sep 2009