Selfies and South American rail: Liverpool's Abandon Normal Devices festival 2013

By Culture24 Reporter | 07 October 2013
A photo of a large purple sign shining in a darkened underground space
© AND Festival 2013
Abandon Normal Devices, the festival of all things digital, filmic and multi-wheeled, took place at FACT and around Liverpool throughout the weekend.

A photo of the inside of a cockpit car driving along a railway track
© AND Festival 2013
SEFT-1, the railway exploration probe designed for the abandoned tracks of South America, parked up outside FACT in the latest leg of Ivan Puig and Andres Padilla Domene’s journey. "We designed a space craft, a vehicle that would transport us across the spaces of the country,” they explained.

A photo of a woman pouring a white powder over her face out of a tin
© AND Festival 2013
Michelle Ellsworth performed Three Optimal Solutions on the opening night – an exploration of issues within the material, religious, interpersonal and virtual worlds, from the environmental impact of hamburgers to the marginalisation of dance.

A photo of a woman taking a photo
© AND Festival 2013
London artist Jesse Darling considered the art of selfies in Our Bodies Our Selfies. “My favourite selfies keep changing since I keep getting older and weirder,” she admitted.

A photo of a shadow of a man walking along the pavement in a city at night
© AND Festival 2013
American Mark Boulos offered an emotive set of films in his first major retrospective in Britain. Echo used a mirroring trick to place viewers within a shifting urban scene.

A photo of two people laughing at a man wearing a digital headset inside a gallery
© Christopher Foster

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