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.

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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)

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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.

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SweatSHOP / Alexia Mellor (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 — Sun 2nd Sep 2012
Thu 30th Aug 2012

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.

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Blue Crystal Ball / Group show (2012)

Thu 30th — Thu 20th Sep 2012
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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.

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Pigs Bladder Football \ John O’Shea (2012)

Thu 30th Aug 2012

A Dream Came Through by Lanfranco Aceti questions the politics of exploitative labour. In a durational performance half-naked ‘workers’ sign a contract…

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A Dream Came Through / Lanfranco Aceti (2012)

Thu 30th Aug 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 — Sun 16th Sep 2012
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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 — Sun 2nd Sep 2012
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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 22nd Jun 2012

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.

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It’s Cool, I’m Good \ Stanya Kahn (2012)

Fri 22nd — Sun 16th Sep 2012
Thu 30th Aug 2012

We are all familiar with the stories about what the stork brought and the birds and the bees – Papadopoulou asks how these stories will evolve in an age of invitro fertilisation and stem cell research.

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Reproductive Futures / Zoe Papadopoulou (2012)

Thu 30th Aug 2012