AND Festival 2017 is a roving biennial of new cinema, digital culture and art, which will be based in the heart of the Peak District between the 21-24 September.
Across four days, the festival will see a host of site-specific installations, world premieres and performances take-over the village of Castleton. From satellites to neutrino observatories, fossilisation to free-fall, this year’s programme will reveal the earth’s layers, from the drone’s eye view to the sunshine-deprived depths of subterranean bunkers, exploring themes of verticality and deep time in a series of provocative reflections on the earth. A few highlights in Peak Cavern:
Listening to the Dark tour // 21-23 September // Daily tours
Listening to the Dark is a series of prodigious sonic experiments, explorations and expeditions that can be found deep under the earth in the subterranean bunkers of Peak Cavern.
Electronic composer and artist Beatrice Dillon will be producing an ambitious new work as part of a residency with Somerset House Studios, London, taking inspiration from Pauline Oliveros, the influential experimental composer and electronic music pioneer who died in November 2016. Artist, Antoine Bertin, will create a sound-driven augmented reality experience exploring the physics of black holes, and Indonesian artists Ikbal Simamora Lubys & Tony Maryana have created a larger-than-life resonant musical instrument in The Hive.
James Ferraro and guests – Listening to the Dark evening event // 22 September // 8-10.30pm
As part of Listening to the Dark programme, this one off music event-based performance will feature James Ferraro and special guests.
Set in a nightmarish simulation of humanity Musician and Critical Futurist, James Ferraro will create a preview of work-in-progress for his first-ever groundbreaking “opera”, The Deluge. As part of this music event-based performance, the main protagonist will be an Artificial Intelligence (AI) that tries to understand human suffering and emotion. As the AI struggles to emulate what it means to be human, tensions arise between the clinical gaze of the machine and the imperfection of its emulation.
Horror Movie Spelunker Double Bill – Tremors & The Descent // 23 September // 7-10.40pm
Put the popcorn aside for your hard hats and wellies, and be prepared for an evening of claustrophobia and flesh eating horrors from the depths of the underground with this Horror Movie Spelunker Double Bill of the 90s cult classic Tremors and the claustrophobic thriller The Descent.
All tickets can be booked through andfestival.org.uk/tickets