Top things to see in Liverpool at FACT'S Abandon Normal Devices festival 2013

By Ben Miller | 03 October 2013

Based predominantly at FACT and various locations around the city centre, Abandon Normal Devices brings screenings, digital art and cutting-edge technology to Liverpool for the next few days. Here are a few highlights...

Jesse Darling's Our Bodies, Our Selfies is a soul-searching part of Abandon Normal Devices
Our Bodies, Our Selfies

Everyone, suggests London artist Jesse Darling, is a performance artist on social media, an art director of their own lives. Looking at examples from art and social history, Darling ponders whether we should share less, more or take an entirely different approach to the age of the selfie.

Mark Boulos

Dreamed up with the professorial Director of the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Brain-Mind Institute in Lausanne, filmmaker Mark Boulos’ Echo installation projects a ghostly version of viewers back at them, moving and speaking in an unnerving-looking real-time reflection. It’s accompanied by three pre-existing works and a selection of the artist’s previous creations.

The Pirate Cinema

The thorny subject of telecoms surveillance rears its cables in Nicolas Maigret’s visualisations of live file-sharing. See film files as they are swapped in this portrayal of global sharing exposing the openness of the network.

FACT Projects

Would you take a tour from a robotic guardian called the Master/Slave Invigilation System? Artist Jeremy Bailey’s hybrid is one of several installations and performances concocted by FACT, including binoculars allowing visitors to see different cities and Headspace, an interactive photography ploy powered by craniofacial surgery.

How to make art in a Toxic Environment

Alchemist artist Adam Brown uses robots, biological systems and convoluted technologies to great effect – witness The Great Work of the Metal Lover, which turned soluble gold chloride into 24-carat gold. His one-off workshop promises the answers to universal questions.

  • Abandon Normal Devices runs until October 5. Visit andfestival.org.uk for the full programme.

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