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ANDfestival Salons at Leaf Cafe this weekend

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As part of the Abandon Normal Devices festival there will be a range of  "Salons" at Leaf Cafe on Bold Street this weekend, covering Censorship, Fanatacism and Reality Management. So head down to LEAF or watch the Live Stream.  Further details are below and you can head to the Ustream Website for a reminder.

01 October SATURDAY

LEAF, 65-67 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4EZ
10:00 - 12:00
Despite the proliferation of networks and self-publishing mechanisms, censorship is even more complex for society across states, nations and the internet. Steve Kurtz (Critical Art Ensemble) and Egyptian curator Shady Elnoshokaty draw on their experience of censorship to talk about the importance of freedom of speech and the role artists can have on challenging states’ monopoly on knowledge.
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LEAF, 65-67 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4EZ
15:00 - 16:30
Where once we offered chants and sticker books up at the altar of our favourite teams, nowadays fanaticism is big business. From corporate clubs to TV sports deals and merchandising megastores, this salon will take a look at what it means to be a fan in the 21st Century.
On our panel is John O’Shea, an artist who is exploring the fundamental origins of the beautiful game with his current project Pigs Bladder Football. Joining him in conversation is James McKenna of Spirit of Shankly, a Liverpool supporters’ union that since its inception in 2008 has tried to close the gap between supporter and club.
This salon follows the Merseyside derby match (Everton versus Liverpool, 12:45) and will be chaired by Professor Andy Miah.
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02 October SUNDAY

Chair Roland Denning, with Mark Pilkington and Mark Fisher.
This salon will look at how governments attempt to control what we believe.  Guests include Mark Pilkington, whose book Mirage Men tells a labyrinthine story of American deception and paranoia from the dawn of the Cold War to the present day.
Groups within the US military and intelligence services actively encouraged the UFO obsession to shield secret military developments and to confuse their Soviet enemies. At the same time they worried interest in UFOs could spiral out of control, increasing distrust of the government or leading to mass hysteria.
We ask how government agencies balanced these conflicting desires and whether other fringe beliefs were exploited in the same way.

'Reality Management' will also look at how, half a century later, the pys-ops and paranoia of the Cold War era seem strangely quaint. Author of Capitalist Realism Mark Fisher will talk about how, in an age where governments are in thrall to corporations and banks, corruption is widespread and the fear (or promise) of Soviet-style socialism has disappeared, capitalism presents itself as natural and inevitable. The only challenge to the status quo is a mass of conspiracy theories that adds to the general mood of fatalism and offers no solution.
The event is chaired by Roland Denning, the man behind The Belief System.

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Read the Festival Brochure for more details.

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