AND Festival of new cinema, digital culture, music and art

Unveils its programme for 2017

Peveril Castle (c) Peak District National Park

Peveril Castle (c) Peak District National Park

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival, the UK’s only roaming digital festival, surfaces in 2017 in the caves and rugged summits of the Peak District National Park. This biennial festival of digital culture, art and film returns for its 8th edition this September in Castleton, UK, with four days of site-specific installations and events.

ThomasThwaites0-PhotoCredit-Tim_Bowditch

ThomasThwaites0-PhotoCredit-Tim_Bowditch

The peaks and caverns of Castleton will be turned into a laboratory – a temporary haven – inviting world-class artists to reflect on time, the underground and sites of industrial discovery. Featuring: Nora Al-Badri, Antoine Bertin, Rose Butler, Arcángel Constantini, Beatrice Dillon, James Ferraro, Leslie García, Sioban Imms, Charlotte Jarvis, Lindsay Lawson, Ruth Levene, Victoria Lucas, Steve Maher, Martha Maya, Martha McGuinn, Gibrann Morgado, Ian Nesbitt, Simone C Niquille, Ooni Studio, Diego Ortega, Daan Roosegaarde, Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Shift Register, Ikbal Simamora Lubys, Thomas Thwaites.

Titan, Peak Cavern from above the Event Horizon-Photo by Robbie Shone www.shonephotography.com

Titan, Peak Cavern from above the Event Horizon-Photo by Robbie Shone www.shonephotography.com

The stork, Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton

The stork, Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton

To the west of the village of Castleton, in the National Trust’s Peak District Estate, lies the dramatic v-shaped valley of Winnats Pass, for the Festival we will see Waterlicht, a breathtaking, large-scale digital installation by Dutch Designer, Daan Roosegaarde and Studio Roosegaarde, (featured in our printed #futureForecast edition) flood the valley with light to reveal the geological and glacial histories of the valley. Artist, Steve Maher will run a series of public workshops using Heavy Metal Detectors that have been hacked to play locally-sourced, pre-recorded Heavy Metal Music every time a piece of metal is located. An augmented-reality exhibition will geo-fence a part of Castleton in My Wall is Your Filter Bubble, exploring the ideas of border and silos being created by digital cultures.

Waterlicht, Studio Roosegaarde

Waterlicht, Studio Roosegaarde

Waterlicht, Studio Roosegaarde

Waterlicht, Studio Roosegaarde

Waterlicht, Studio Roosegaarde

Waterlicht, Studio Roosegaarde

Entering the voids, shafts and veins of the peaks for a subterranean Festival, an international selection of Artists, Designers, Composers, and Music Producers will descend. In Peak Cavern Beatrice Dillon, James Ferraro, and Ikbal Simamora Lubys will create, conjure and perform a series of radical and ground-breaking new works and one-off performances for Listening to the Dark. In Treak Cliff Cavern, an exhibition, Digital Dark Ages, featuring a selection of firebrand Artists from the UK and further afield, including Thomas Thwaites, Simone C Niquille, Martin Howse, Jamie Allen, Charlotte Jarvis and Nora Al-Badri, will probe the possibilities and challenges we face when preserving our digital lives for future generations in unique manifestations, and experiments.

My Wall Is Your Filter Bubble by Various Artists

My Wall Is Your Filter Bubble by Various Artists

Music of the Spheres, Charlotte Jarvis part of Digital Dark Ages

Music of the Spheres, Charlotte Jarvis part of Digital Dark Ages

Music of the Spheres, Charlotte Jarvis part of Digital Dark Ages

Music of the Spheres, Charlotte Jarvis part of Digital Dark Ages

Artists have long-explored how space is controlled according to what is above and below. From aerial imagery, militarized airspaces and ‘luxified skies’, to the subterranean spaces of mining, storage, and extraction. In 2017, AND Festival will reveal the earth’s layers, from the drone’s eye view to subterranean bunkers. The festival will be a prophetic, provocative and uncanny reflection on the verticality of the earth, an exhilarating exploration of the terrain, which will appeal to adrenalin junkies, cave dwellers, film fans and those who want to appreciate the natural world through a new geological and evolutionary frame. Revealing an alternative approach to understanding this dramatic landscape, AND invites you to abandon your normal devices and experience the landscape anew.

Heavy Metal Detector, Steven Maher

Heavy Metal Detector, Steven Maher

Heavy Metal Detector, Steven Maher

Heavy Metal Detector, Steven Maher

ROOT, Simone Niquille part of Digital Dark Ages

ROOT, Simone Niquille part of Digital Dark Ages

ROOT, Simone Niquille part of Digital Dark Ages

ROOT, Simone Niquille part of Digital Dark Ages

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival happens Thursday 21 – Sunday 24 September at Castelton, Peak District National Park (UK)


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