Abandon Normal Devices (AND) returns to Grizedale Forest with this dynamic festival of new cinema, digital culture and art.
Grizedale Forest, Cumbria
18th – 20th September 2015
A site for discovery and adventure, AND Festival at Grizedale Forest will create a space where audiences can experience the forest anew, inviting world-class artists to create new art works for the historical site.
AND Festival will turn the forest into a laboratory and become a temporary haven for filmmakers, artists, creative technologists, philosophers and scientists, who will explore the secret infrastructure of the forest and natures processes. The programme will provide new perspectives on the forest, through the eyes of the plants, animals and machines that inhabit it, allowing visitors an insight into natures technologies as well as emerging trends in digital practice.
Artworks are sited across the forest in temporal, distributed and sculptural ways. Discovered via trails and treks they look at everything from the biological resonance in technology to the simulation of nature and the ‘smart forest’.
Virtual reality experience In the Eyes of the Animal from Marshmallow Laser Feast will invite audiences to experience the forest through the journey of three species common to the site.
Liam Young will look at how we visualise the landscape through the eyes of the machines that construct it through his short film, Where the City Can’t See and the festival exhibition Seeing The Forest Through the Trees is dedicated to understanding plant intelligence and the lifestyle of plants.
There are plenty of ways to participate and navigate the site with biking, trekking and running routes on offer. Whether you want to venture deep into the woods or simply abandon the city for a different perspective there will be something for young and old and those with a desire to explore.
We want to keep ‘Abandoning our Normal Devices’ every time we deliver the festival. It is because of this the festival has taken the challenge and returned to Grizedale Forest.
We hope you abandon the obvious. Prepare to be offline. Leave for the woods! Visit the Grizedale event page for more information.
AND have partnered with Forestry Commission England’s Forest Art Works programme to host the Festival as we create many ambitious projects including Jerwood Open Forest which commissioned ‘Cosmos’ by Semiconductor and most recently Living Symphonies.