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.
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.Read more
SweatSHOP is an interactive, performative installation using humour and play to critique and subvert corporate practices. Using a local business as the temporary Mellor Management headquarters and under the guise of a corporate consultant, Mellor will attempt a test of endurance, cycling on a bicycle attached to a small generator powering a LED “SHOP” sign.Read more
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.Read more
Last chance to see this collection of new film and video works exploring the ideals of the Olympic movement.
Featuring artists Kota Ezawa, Cao Fei, Yeondoo Jung, Kimsooja, Torsten Lauschmann, Susan Pui San Lok, Emily Wardill, Hiraki Sawa and Kyungwoo Chun.
Open at Holden Gallery, Manchester until 20 Sep.Read more
Pigs Bladder Football launched in 2011 by setting out a remarkable challenge: by August 2012, artist John O’Shea would culture the world’s first bio-engineered football, grown from living cells.Read more
A Dream Came Through by Lanfranco Aceti questions the politics of exploitative labour. In a durational performance half-naked ‘workers’ sign a contract…Read more
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.Read more
Rafaël Rozendaal is an artist who uses the internet as his canvas. His work researches the screen as a pictorial space, reverse…Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
AND is proud to present the first UK solo exhibition of works by American artist Stanya Kahn, who presents a selection of recent drawings and video work, characterised by her signature blend of dark comedy, visceral characters and reluctant optimism.Read more