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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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)

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
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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)

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)

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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)

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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)

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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

Dir. Tim Brunsden and starring Scottee.  Told over four episodes, Follow was commissioned in 2012 as a live and evolving documentary about…

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Follow / Tim Brunsden (2012)

Fri 22nd — Sun 2nd Sep 2012