Posts Tagged ‘AND Festival’

Tactical Transmedia Fictions Workshop with Paolo Cirio

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Title: Tactical Transmedia Fictions Workshop with Paolo Cirio
Location: MadLab
Description: Transmedia Fiction Workshop
Start Date: 2012-08-30
End Date: 31-08-2012
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:00
Booking: Sign up here




This workshop will explore ‘cross media’ practices for producing fiction, such as ‘Transmedia Storytelling’, ‘Alternate Reality Games’ and ‘Dispersed Fiction,’ looking at how these products are changing cinema, theatre, marketing and games through Internet platforms and networked devices. The workshop will focus on how Transmedia storytelling can also be used for educational and political goals, engaging people in social change and raising awareness about real world problems, or even for psychotherapy.

Artist, Paolo Cirio, who leads the workshop, has been researching the cross media field for several years as a natural continuation of his studies in theatre and film and acclaimed practices in net-art and radical media interventions.



Monday, February 20th, 2012

It is a good time to refresh our memory about the connection between the AND (Abandon Normal Devices) Festival and MadLab. There are some upcoming events that we should keep our eyes open to, especially the bimonthly Citizen X workshops run by Heath Bunting in MadLab (first on the 25th of February).

This is how AND Festival has defined itself:

“Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is an energetic regional festival of new cinema, digital culture and art. The festival takes place annually in Liverpool and Manchester on alternate years, with an extended regional programme. AND’s mission is to change the way we think and push the boundaries of audience experience through a programme that spills out from the screens into the streets of the Northwest.”

Citizen X workshop:Heath Bunting

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Citizen X

Title: Citizen X workshop:Heath Bunting
Location: MadLab
Description: In the run up to this years AND Festival in Manchester join Heath as he leads a series of bi-monthly workshops at Madlab that will give you the skills to develop new identities.
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2012-02-25
End Time: 17:00
Booking: Free, but essential.

Heath Bunting has worked with performance, intervention, pirate radio, fax/mail art and BBS systems before becoming an active participant in the explosion of the Internet. In 1996, Bunting also set-up the server, a system for irrational information and products for the roaming and displaced.

In the run up to this years AND Festival in Manchester join Heath as he leads a series of bi-monthly workshops at Madlab that will give you the skills to develop new identities.

Entailed to prepare you for the final stages of the Bankster-generated economic collapse, participants will be encouraged to acquire some solid assets, a weapon and an exit strategy at this workshop, with the help of some useful maps you can learn how to build a new off-the-shelf identity to help you escape! The message: Don’t be content with rioting and looting! Arm yourself with your rights and really get even! The workshop is based on concept the that “our identity is constructed as human beings that can possess one or more natural persons and control one or more artificial persons. The higher up in the class system the better the access to status variety.”

To register for the workshop please email and we will send you more information prior to the workshop.

*Tea and cake will be provided, but no guns or gold.

Dead Drops

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Dead Drops

Title: Dead Drops
Location: MadLab
Description: ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2011-09-18
End Time: 19:00

‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space developed by artist Aram Bartholl. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data.

AND Festival are putting together a region wide programme of ‘Drop Days’ to help seed and further spread the un-clouding of data in the North West of England. Look out for Dead Drops near you and if you cant find one, make one!

Long live the deaddrop!

Analogue is the New Digital

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Analogue is the new Digital

Title: Analogue is the New Digital
Location: MadLab & various locations across Manchester
Description: Interventions across Manchester with newly commissioned, inspirational and experimental artefacts that reflect on the invisible sub-structure of data that permeates our world.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2010-10-01
End Time: 17:00

Analogue is the New Digital is an exhibition across the digital networks of Manchester.

Opening 5:00 – 9:00 pm, Friday 1st October at MadLab

Featuring physical analogue works growing out of the invisible lines of technological communication in our everyday environment. The city’s networks and rich technological history become a gallery. Digital hubs, conceptual venues and historical hot spots have been selected along specific routes that run from the Northern Quarter via Chinatown and up along Oxford Road. 18 artists and collectives play with the surreal and unexpected, bridge the gaps, map the two spheres and provoke the differences. Their responses to the given theme represent a fascinating kaleidoscope of kinetic devices, ready-made objects, and delicate and decorative sculptures that are imaginative and unique in their very own ways. Resolutely analogue, yet mirroring most recent technological processes that range from mapping via hybrid and mobile media to distortions of the body and models of audience involvement.

James Prevett - In Search of the Miraculous

James Prevett - In Search of the Miraculous

Analogue is the New Digital debates information space as an essential artistic one by leading it back to its origins and the corporeal; ironic at times, and as a symbolic manifesto, proving how inseparably intertwined these areas and our identity within have become.

The exhibition is spread out through 7 venues.




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Curated by Simon Blackmore and Andrea Zapp.

Participating Artists: Eimer Birkbeck & Stuart Hartley, Simon Blackmore, Stephen Calcutt, Ele Carpenter, Ross Dalziel, Rachel Goodyear, Dave Griffiths, Antony Hall, Hamilton, Southern & St Amand, Nick Jordan, Monomatic, Florin Mocanu, Phoebe Myers, Spyros Paparoulias, Daksha Patel, James Prevett, Sid Volter, Andrea Zapp

Participating Venues: MadLab, NUA Lifestyle, Manchester Tourist Information Centre, Easy Office, MDDA, Grosvenor Park and Kilburn Building.

Join a guided tour with the artists on Sunday, October 3, 2:00 pm from Cornerhouse, including a physical GPS audience performance.


Analogue is the New Digital is part of Abandon Normal Devices (AND), Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture.