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Annie Abrahams

Aether9 – book

aether9 book

I profoundly enjoyed reading the Aether9 book published late October by Greyscale Press.
ISBN: 978-2-9700706-4-1
The book is based on the archives of aether9, a collaborative adventure exploring the danger zones of networked audio-visual live performance. (from 2007)

we have perhaps overlooked that we must not only play but play together? – let’s consider each other as an orchestra and truly imagine what it sound like when all musicians are playing solo at the same time … – non-slick, pixelated aesthetic challenges many important hypes : -the constant “newness” of new media-the ever higher resolution and the misguided idea that these things contribute to the value of the message – how to write an efficient script: – it feels as if we are squeezed between the contradiction of doing real experimentation and being entertaining. – never in complete control

The whole book (it smells deliciously of printer-ink) feels very familiar and makes me for a second time regret I didn’t meet the group earlier when they were still actively performing. I do hope we will be able to hear more about the project in the next Cyposium. What would they think to be the pitfalls and possibilities of remote artistic collaboration?

So strange to me, recognizing all kind of problematics in the aether9 work that I am still researching – why did they stop?, did they stop? Are there articles, insightfull texts about the work? Where can I find scripts?

More Aether9 reading : aether9 proceedings volume 1 issue 1 (reads as a theater play) and aether9 proceedings volume 3 issue 1 (feels as if I was there too) available via lulu.com (2009)

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