Peripatetic digital art and film festival Abandon Normal Devices kicks off this weekend with a simultaneous launch at Cornerhouse and FACT. It’s around for one weekend only, but if you miss it, fear not: it’s off on tour around the North West but returns for a grand finale in Manchester in August. In the meantime, we asked festival producer Gaby Jenks to tell us all about a festival otherwise known as AND, and she talks here about strange commissions, breaking boundaries and, er, swans.
If you are in Manchester this weekend, check out the premiere of AL & AL’s Alan Turing-inspired film, The Creator, or Andrew Kotting’s two-men-in-a-pedalo documentary, Swandown. Friday also sees the launch of a exhibition by the LA-based artist Stanya Kahn. It’s Cool, I’m Good taps into the current trend for documentary fiction – her surreal and darkly comic videos often feature intimate portraits of the characters she creates, some of them clearly made-up (clue: they’re puppets), others unnervingly realistic. We’ll be reviewing Kahn’s exhibition on the site next week. It’s Cool, I’m Good, Cornerhouse, 23 June-16 September 2012, free.
The very best exhibitions in Manchester and the North include a collaboration with a renowned dance company, the return of Manchester Science Festival (bigger and better than ever), a showcase of exquisite craft at the Old Granada Studios, and much more. All in all, it’s an exciting, boundary transcending time for art in the North.
With Rising Stars and World Literature, nothing says October in the Rainy City like Manchester Literature Festival. As we enter the final furlongs, there are still tickets available for some events, from creative non-fiction to a canalside special commission. And once MLF is over, Manchester Science Festival will be chemically enhancing words with poems about the periodic table.
As the days get shorter, Manchester’s music calendar gets busier – with the city’s music venues burst from the seams with live music for you to enjoy. So whether it’s an acclaimed classical ensemble in a world-renowned concert hall or that up-and-coming young artist in a packed, sweaty venue, we’ve got your gig-going plans covered – with occasional musical highlights from around the region thrown in for good measure…