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 Ι Various Times

Empire Drive-In is a large-scale, post-apocalyptic drive-in movie theatre made from wrecked cars and a 40-foot screen constructed of salvaged wood.

AND will be presenting a specially programmed series of film screenings at Empire Drive-In when it comes to Manchester, including new cinema, short films and trashy modern classics such as Mad Max II: Road Warrior.

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Empire Drive-In / Jeff Stark and Todd Chandler (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)

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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)

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Director and author Virginie Despentes burst onto the scene with the controversial Rape Me (Baise-moi) and has since become a tour de force in the French hardcore feminist movement.

A tender-hearted tale of punked out lesbian love, Bye Bye Blondie is a cinematically freewheeling and emotionally sincere portrayal of a star-crossed couple reunited years after a youthful romance.

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UK Premiere: Bye Bye Blondie (2012)

Ongoing Ι Thu 11:00 - 18:00

30 October 2012 A Dream Came Through by Lanfranco Aceti questions the politics of exploitative labour. In a durational performance half-naked ‘workers’…

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A Dream Came Through / Lanfranco Aceti (2012)

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29 August – 02 September 2012 The Inventory is a fanzine compilation of digital artefacts produced online, seeking to explore the relationship between…

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The Inventory / Peter Martin and Orla Foster (2012)

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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)

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Mockbusters are cheaper, cheesier, straight-to-rental versions of well-known films. In association with Optic Films we present two of these gaudy treasures with a global twist. Will you be able to distinguish them from the real McCoy?

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OPTIC Presents: Mockbuster Double Bill (2012)

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Innocence, naivity, curiosity and vulnerability are a few of the traits that make up the young protaganists in this double bill. These quiet compositions from two French-speaking directors remind us of
the cinematic form as well as the nature of childhood.

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Double Bill: Nana & Jouer Ponette (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)

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01 September 2012 Girl Gang is swagger and adventure, bluff and bravado. Girl Gang is open to any bold and fearless female….

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Dare / Girl Gang (2012)

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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)