AND Festival 2011 \\ Liverpool + Knowsley, Preston & Egremont UK \\ 16 September – 02 October
Our default position is to suspend disbelief. The Millennium bug, an apparition of Christ in a piece of toast, the reliability of news coverage or the possibility of life after death: whether it is laziness, a deep seated need or because it is part of our DNA, humans want to believe in something. When looking at the works presented at AND Festival 2011, we can see that in very real terms artists make it their job to question our beliefs. AND’s ambition for 2011, was to create a thought provoking festival made up of extraordinary experiences, with projects starting life in the playing fields and pubs of Egremont and ending up in shop fronts in Liverpool.
AND Festival 2011 abandoned the gallery to spill out into cafes, shops, clubs and markets in a quest to test the trust and gullibility of the public, whether they are consenting or not! Audiences were told to expect phoney Beatles, celebrity cults, gurus, gimmicks, satanic messages and scryers in places where mysticism meets money.Read more
Dead Drops Dead Drops was an anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer file-sharing network for public spaces, incorporating USB drives embedded into walls, buildings and…Read more
Since the phone-hacking scandal engulfed Rupert Murdoch’s news empire, the methods journalists use to find stories have been brought into question. Luckily…Read more
LevelFive was a performance workshop inspired by the self-actualization seminars that first became popular in the 1970s. Also known as “human potential…Read more