waves of blue light and smoke group of silhouetted people standing underneath

Abandon Normal Devices' biennial site-specific festival of digital culture, art and film returns for its 8th edition this September 21-24. Please note Waterlicht is only running until 23 September.

The Festival

Abandon Normal Devices enters the void, shafts and veins of the peaks for a subterranean festival in September 2017 with 4 days of site specific installations, world premieres and performances from 21-24 September. 
The programme will reveal the earth’s layers, from the drone’s eye view to subterranean bunkers – it will be a prophetic, provocative and uncanny reflection on the verticality of the earth. 

Support from National Trust

AND has been working closely with the our team in the Peak District to develop and deliver one of the main festival projects Waterlicht, by Studios Roosegaarde, enabling this stunning light and sound installation to be sited on Winnats Pass for 3 nights during the festival, from Thursday 21-Saturday 23 September. The fascinating story of the powerful effect water has on the landscape is still relevant to our work today- you can read our vision for the High Peak Moors below to find out more about the work we are doing to manage that impact.

Experiencing Waterlicht in the Netherlands
solitary figure standing under blue laser beams
Experiencing Waterlicht in the Netherlands

About Waterlicht, Studio Roosegarde 

Waterlicht – translated into English as ‘water light’ - is a dream landscape by artist Daan Roosegaarde, which explores the power and poetry of water. As a virtual flood, it shows how vulnerable we are if we did not have human interventions to protect us, by mimicking past or possible water levels. Waterlicht consists of wavy lines of light made with the latest LED technology, software and lenses. The result is a mesmerising experience which makes you aware of a world which is changing. 

Visitors can walk underneath Waterlicht, which is a very special and calming – almost hypnotic – experience. Soundscapes also accompany the installation, offering visitors a rich and layered sensory experience of the environment.Visitors will be able to download supporting audio work at Castleton Visitor Centre and on Winnats Pass during the event which will tell the story of water on this ancient site, connecting to the rich geological history of tropical seas and glacial melt waters and relating to the present threats of flooding today. 

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Find out more about the festival here:http://www.andfestival.org.uk/