net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

An organic acceptance of silence?

liminal space – pure motion – an intimate regard – a field of light – dissolved, destabilized – an altered state – a telematic embrace – a silent small reprieve – hanging out with friends – machines conversing across the network only when the noisy humans finally shut up

This was the first time we (Daniel Pinheiro, Lisa Parra and Annie Abrahams) invited people to join us in our online performance experiment Distant Feeling(s) #3. The performance was projected as part of the festival Visions in the Nunnery gallery (London).
After the performance the surprise was great when, in the video, I saw the silent faces of others joining us for a shorter or longer time.

How does it feel to share an interface with eyes closed and no talking?

How did it feel?

When you participated, when you took the time to connect and join, you tried to feel the others and became more and more concentrated on being in a liminal space.

When you watched the projection or the video, you could see this concentration, these faces who more and more descended into “pure motion”, these faces that abandonned real space and got elsewhere – you were allowed an intimate “regard”.

Here is my reaction (e-mail to Daniel and Lisa) just after the performance : “Felt “lost” – disturbed by the idea that there were “sneekers, peekers – disturbed also by my own curiosity, by my wish to see who was there and how they looked with closed eyes.
I felt light, as if I were in a field of light, changing, living light, not with human beings, and probably because that frightened me I tried to visualize you both, to imagine, how, where you were, I tried to make something I could understand of what I felt – as if you were familiar to me – I never met you – but still, apparently you became reassuring, close.
When I opened my eyes, everything became normal, just people, nice people around me on a screen. They have become more familiar now too. Looking at the screenshots of this session I feel grateful for their presence (they made the light).

Disolved I felt.
Maybe even empty. Certainly destabilised.
This may sound mystic, but in fact it might have been a very concrete experience – just the light flickering of the in- and out-going participants shimmering through my eyelids provoking an altered state?”

This is Randall Packer‘s reaction to it in a facebook discussion afterwards : “It was wonderfull – Like your work The Kiss, or Paul Sermon’s telematic pieces, the sensation of intimacy is never “real,” it is based on the willingness to believe and to allow closeness to become “real” despite separation. For those who participated in this experiment, it was exactly that: the willingness to suspend one’s belief in the knowledge of the virtual proximity and connectiveness of the others. It is that knowledge that can can be convincing enough to suspend disbelief and thus be silently wrapped in the telematic embrace. This work is a great model for how we might conduct ourselves on the Internet.”

Johannes Birringer on the same occasion. “I was waiting for silence to fall, after the chatter. when it occured, there was no embrace. but a faint sensation of sharing a silent small reprieve, over the constant noise and anger of the world, but an alonesilence as one could not see the others. it is the strangest experience, to be alonesilentblind with assumed others somewhere out there.”

And Nicolaas Schmidt called it “hanging out with friends…”.

Ruth Catlow, who was among the public at the Nunnery remarked : “Was it machine feedback… that mechanical clicking and beeping? The machines conversing across the network only when the noisy humans finally shut up! Like the toys that come alive in the magic toyshop when the children are asleep. I wanted it to get louder and louder till the whole world rang out- WE MACHINES ARE HERE AND WE ARE COMMUNICATING!
To what Randall reacted : “I love your observation that once the network is silenced of human conversation, all that is left is the hum of networked devices, the “nervous system” of the Net.”

Daniel Pinheiro compiled more reactions on Landproject.

On January 16th 2017, Muriel Piqué watched the video and wrote :

Silence / Silence
Je fouille l’image du silence / I explore the image of silence
Des têtes se tournent lentement / Heads turn slowly
8’44 un chien aboie au loin / 8’44 a dog barks far off
Je lis la résistance des corps à l’immobilité / I read the resistance of bodies to immobility
Je ressens l’acceptation organique du silence / I feel the organic acceptance of silence

And all the time the machines kept talking, exchanging data, making noise …

Some time ago I watched an interview by Gretta Louw with Sandra Danilovic in Second Life. They talk, among others, about our readiness to relate to an avatar in a bodily and emotional way. Why? Is there an evolutionary base for that? Sandra states, that, in our subconcious, we don’t percieve the self as an atomised individual identity, that precognitively we percieve the environment as a part of ourselves. Would such a thought be helpfull to understand better what happens? And is it true?

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Stranger Collaborations – London Art Fair.

18 – 22 January 2017,
London Art Fair, the Art Projects Screening Room,
Stranger Collaborations.
Curation Pryle Behrman.

Artists in the show:
Annie Abrahams (Angry Women Take 2), Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion (Glitter), Ruth Catlow (Time Is Speeding Up), Liz Sterry (Drinking Alone) and Michael Szpakowski (Shit Happens in Vegas).

Stranger Collaborations is an exhibition featuring artworks that in some way wouldn’t have been possible without the collaborations formed via the internet, showing how strangers can, sometimes even unknowingly, create an artistic partnership online.

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Liz Sterry, ‘Drinking Alone with the Internet, Star Wars Edition, Take 1’.

The artworks of Annie Abrahams and Liz Sterry create temporary communities that are ‘safe spaces’ in which socially-proscribed behaviours – such as public anger or private alcohol consumption – are accepted and even embraced. Mark Westall, short interview of Pryle Behrman in Fadmagazine.

What to see at the London Art Fair 2017? Art Fund_  Jan 11.

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poésie numérique – OPP*

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Retour sur la Master class Poésie numérique (2 nov. 2016) sur le site de lr2l.

Enregistrement sur mixcloud. 1:44:09.

.pdf de la preparation du masterclass
.pdf avec des liens vers les textes produits

Quelques phots :

*OPP = OpenSourcePedagogy

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Distant Feelings #3 – VisionS.

Thursday 24 Nov.
6.30 pm London time, 19h30 Paris time.
Duration 15 min.
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To participate Download the zoom.us application https://zoom.us/download – desktop or other devices – and “Join meeting” ID = 630407193: https://zoom.us/j/630407193 .

VisionS in the Nunnery Programme 2 Launch.
Curated by Tessa Garland and Cinzia Cremona.
The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ.
Visions full programme. (5/10 – 18/12 2016)

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Lisa Parra in New York, USA,
Daniel Pinheiro in Porto, Portugal and
Annie Abrahams in Montpellier, France
will gather in an online séance trying to experience each other’s presence.

How does it feel to share an interface with eyes closed and no talking?

You can participate in this digital mindfulness experiment.
Download the zoom.us application – desktop or other devices – and “Join meeting” ID = 630407193: https://zoom.us/j/630407193 at the right time.

Some members of the public at the Nunnery will also be able to join in.

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The piece presented by Annie Abrahams (Distant Feeling(s) #1) continues the research of an artist who challenges the relational utopias attributed to the internet by creating performances which reveal empty yet precious moments, and the banality of interpersonal relations. The performance links Abrahams to two other artists (Daniel Pinheiro & Lisa Parra); from three different locations the three seek to communicate sensations and emotions. Cinzia Cremona (one of the curators) in ARSHAKE  Oct. 3 2016.

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OpenSourcePPP attitude.

rapport1Dans l’espoir que celles-ci peuvent servir à d’autres artistes, enseignants et chercheurs je publie les scores/scripts de mes performances, mes préparations pour mes workshops, conférences etc. en ligne.
Je pense ne pas être la seule qui le fait. Comment en parler? Comment promouvoir cette attitude ? Sous quel intitulé ?

OSPPP (pédagogie, protocole, performance script), OSC (course), OSW (walkthrough)

Voici ceux concernant mon passage au Digital Lab de l’ESBA au Mans, 15 novembre 2016 :

* .pdf Préparation pour le workshop performance en réseau, 2 heures, 6 personnes.

* .pdf Walkthrough pour la conférence Un parcours atypique, 2 heures.

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Digital Lab ESBA – Un parcours atypique ?

15 novembre 2016. Une journée au Digital Lab ESBA le Mans. Sur invitation de Marie-Laure Cazin.

10h – 12h. Atelier Performance en réseau. Max 6 étudiants.

Une performance en ligne c’est quoi ? Est-ce que nous pourrions l’expérimenter ? Oui, mais ce n’est pas un jeu, il nous faut un protocole. Nous allons l’écrire ensemble. Oui, ensemble, radicalement horizontalement ensemble, nous en écrirons plusieurs. Et puis nous les exécuterons devant une webcam.
Mon protocole pour ce workshop sera publié après (open source pedagogy).

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14h – 16h. Un parcours atypique ? Euh non, pas tellement. Conférence dans l’Amphi.
Annie Abrahams développe ce qu’elle appelle une esthétique de l’attention et de la confiance, dont le comportement humain est la matière première.
Elle parlera de son parcours, de ses motivations et du comment aujourd’hui la recherche et l’art se mélangent dans sa pratique d’artiste.

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Ecrire avec un apparatus

Ecrire avec… Master class par Annie Abrahams
2 nov. 2016.
RIRRA21, l’Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 en partenariat avec LR livre et lecture.

.pdf de la preparation du masterclass (open source pedagogy)
.pdf avec des liens vers les textes produits

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Je ne m’exprime pas sur qu’est-ce que c’est la poésie électronique, numérique etc. Vous êtes écrivains, poètes, étudiants intéressées. Ça me suffit, vous écrirez à partir de votre idée de la poésie. Et puisque vous écrirai ensemble dans / avec un même apparatus nous aurons un mélange d’approches, un métissage, une hybridation. Vous ne serez pas le seul auteur. Il faut inventer des nouvelles langages (plusieurs fois) pour comprendre les possibilités et la radicalité de l’écriture en ligne tel que je la comprends. Extrait du texte de préparation d’Annie Abrahams.

Retour sur la Master class Poésie numérique sur le site de lr2l (déc 2016).

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ECRIRE AVEC – workshop

Le RIRRA21 de l’Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, en partenariat avec LR livre et lecture, organise 2 jours consacrés à la poésie numérique à Montpellier, les 2 et 3 novembre 2016.
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Mercredi 2 novembre 2016 
9h30-12h / 14h-17h
Ecrire avec…
Master class
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estez la poésie numérique avec Annie Abrahams
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, Site Saint-Charles, Salle 102.

Je ne m’exprime pas sur qu’est-ce que c’est la poésie électronique, numérique etc. Vous êtes écrivains, poètes, étudiants intéressées. Ça me suffit, vous écrirez à partir de votre idée de la poésie. Et puisque vous écrirai ensemble dans / avec un même apparatus nous aurons un mélange d’approches, un métissage, une hybridation. Vous ne serez pas le seul auteur.
Il faut inventer des nouvelles langages (plusieurs fois) pour comprendre les possibilités et la radicalité de l’écriture en ligne tel que je la comprends. Extrait du texte de préparation Annie Abrahams 25 10 2016.

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Conférence sur Canapée – performance en ligne.

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Ravie de pouvoir participer à:
Gesticulations dada en réseau
(Conférence sur Canapée III)
Performance en ligne organisée par OUDEIS et Alphabetville
Mercredi 19 octobre, midi exact
Connectez-vous ici

Avec Sandra et Gaspard Bébié-Valerian, Manuel Fadat, Colette Tron et Annie Abrahams.

Une performance qui ne sait pas où elle va, mais qui y va sûrement : un agencement d’éléments complexes et hétéroclites contribuant à l’émergence d’une situation artistique inédite, bifurquant des environnements technologiques et conceptuels pré-conçus. Et où des techniques de parasitage des discours et des postures agissent comme modalité virale.

Cette conférence, aussi performance en streaming, mettra en situation et en question actes et gestes dada, dans l’histoire et au présent de l’art. Avec pour medium principal le web.

« Faut pas nous la faire.
Je suis une situation.
Mes gestes sont inachevés.
Je suis l’incertitude. L’indétermination.
Poétique, artistique.
Une situation de crise.
Je prends ma source. J’indétermine.
Je suis ingouvernable. Je suis une broyeuse, je crée de la contradiction, je suis ambigüe.
Suis crise. Energie. Energie de la crise.
Conférence comme mise en crise et productrice d’énergie.
Je, moi aussi, met, en évidence, la complexité des rapports humains.
Je suis une glaise. » 
Manuel Fadat Oct. 2016.

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unaussprechbarlich again

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Next performance Unaussprechbarlich
Friday October 14, 21h, PATHOS Theater München in the festival “Magdalena München – In Between”.

The almost random mix of languages (there could be even more, others etc.) seamed to me very European as well as very contemporary. We today live a global Babel everywhere and anytime, in particular on the web and in the social net-works. A basic understanding of foreign languages is not any longer a pre-condition to communicate with each other. We all use on-line translators and Asian people use latin letters to be translated into their letters on the screen. So in your performance the mix of languages and the mix of representations by different media (pronunciation by humans and machines, typing, screening, projection, singing, etc.) transforms the global Babel into a piece of art. This piece of art is fluid, unstable, a collage of mixed layers, intuitive, enlightening, (un-)decodable and funny.
Christina Marie Pfeiffer on Unaussprechbarlich

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Upcoming

* 18/06 2017 11h. "Networked performance art and engagement", Talk in the course Internet, Arte y Compromiso, Centre Culturel Puertas de Castilla (Murcia), Universidad Internacional del Mar.
* 19/06 2017 19h. "Une pratique du texte numérique qui dévoile." Colloque "Des humanités numériques littéraires ?", Centre culturel international de Cerisy-la-Salle.
* 18-22/07 ELO 2017, Keynote performance, University Fernando Pessoa, Porto.

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