AND Festival 2012  \\ Manchester, UK \\ 29 August – 02 September

AND invited visitors to experience a festival that highlighted the complexities, gradations and anomalies encountered when we examine success as an ideal. AND Festival 2012 continued to be as much about work evolving over time, artists experimenting, and setting ambitious parameters, as it was about finished exhibitions. The experience of success can be fleeting and addictive. Through unusual strategies, the artists and filmmakers presenting in the festival revealed alternative ways of being by offering rich counterpoints to perfection and undermining accepted logic.

Ongoing

What is glitch aesthetics? Is dropping data like dropping acid? And who is The Artist 2.0? Grab your datamoshing goggles and have your questions answered by this online project and exhibition from net art pioneer Mark Amerika.

Featuring digital video art, digitally manipulated still images, game design, stand-up comedy, sound art, electronic literature and a mock museum catalogue in free e-book and print-on-demand editions.

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Museum of Glitch Aesthetics / Mark Amerika (2012)

Ask A Teenager
Sat 1st Sep 2012 Ι

It’s a scientific fact that teen brains are particularly alive, active and sensitive; fast, risking-taking blobs that make creative and sometimes bizarre leaps, giving them an evolutionary edge.

Putting these highly adaptable brains to the test, we’ve assembled a teen panel to answer your problems at a special event at First Street. Submit online, then see our teens in action on 01 Sep.

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Ask A Teenager \ Mammalian Diving Reflex (2012)

Sat 1st Sep 2012
Fri 10th Aug 2012

Mobile Republic: Digital Caravans was commissioned to tour the North West of England in 2012, travelling to Whitehaven, Blackburn, Preston, Beacons Festival…

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Mobile Republic: Digital Caravans (2012)

Fri 10th Aug — Mon 9th Sep 2013
Thu 30th Aug 2012

Monetised was a performance that looked at how we materialise our dreams by monetising specific aspects of them, and the difference between…

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Monetised / Steven Ounanian (2012)

Thu 30th Aug 2012
Thu 30th Aug 2012

Iraqi American artist Wafaa Bilal is known internationally for his controversial online, performative and interactive works. For his latest project Bilal continues this trend, making a traditional public square home to a very different kind of monument: a giant, inflatable representation of Technoviking.

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Meme Junkyard: Technoviking / Wafaa Bilal (2012)

Thu 30th Aug — Sun 2nd Sep 2012
Ongoing

The train project is an ongoing body of speculative investigation into the language and aesthetics of transport culture by artists HeHe. They…

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M-Blem: the train project / HeHe (2012)

Wed 29th Aug 2012

The Inventory is a fanzine compilation of digital artefacts produced online, seeking to explore the relationship between user-generated content and the ways in…

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The Inventory / Peter Martin and Orla Foster (2012)

Wed 29th Aug — Sun 2nd Sep 2012
Thu 30th Aug 2012

Who is really to blame for the current financial crisis? Is it the over-zealous drive of corporate bankers, or the demand for private property?

Are we here because of the pursuit, or indeed failure, of a particular notion of capitalist success?

This exhibition at BlankSpace examines the perpetual disillusionment of a generation of artists living through global financial turmoil.

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What have I done to (de)serve this? / Group show (2012)

Thu 30th Aug — Sun 16th Sep 2012
Ongoing

Rafaël Rozendaal is an artist who uses the internet as his canvas. His work researches the screen as a pictorial space, reverse…

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Happy Mondays / Rafaël Rozendaal (2012)

Thu 30th Aug 2012

Clearing is a new work by Ultimate Holding Company (UHC) that seeks to create a dialogue around the subject of higher arts education and the globalized trade in ‘knowledge capital’. The piece takes data from the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and the London stock market Stock Exchange to create an animated digital display and a physical space for critical reflection.

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Clearing / Ultimate Holding Company (2012)

Thu 30th Aug — Sun 2nd Sep 2012
Ongoing

29 August – 01 September 2012 The challenge was to take on a new identity, with a little help from Heath Bunting’s…

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New Identity Residency / Martin Johnson (2012)

Ongoing

Chasing Nimbus is a project that explores digital and analogue techniques for project moving images onto clouds from aircrafts. Artist, director and inventor Dave Lynch has been developing his ambition to deliver multiple projections onto water vapor canvases including urban vents, cooling towers, steam trains and clouds.

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Project Nimbus / Dave Lynch (2012)

Fri 31st Aug 2012