net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

mattering ma matière papatière – language is an activity

Présentation performative d’Annie Abrahams aidé par quelques étudiants du département des études anglophones pendant le symposium Traduction et matérialité / What’s the matter in translation?
Bilingual (at least) French/English symposium 8-11 juin, 2022.
Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3
Organizers: Paola Artero, Marianne Drugeon, Lily Robert-Foley, Julie Sauvage.

mattering ma matière patière – language is an activity
What is an e-stranger? Kaj Mislis s tem? Et si je ne comprends pas les codes. That’s unaussprechbarlich. Can AI IA help with diffractive translation? T’es certaine que ça existe ? Il y a void que je suis.

…Oui, on peut traduire les 0, 1’s dans toutes les langues du monde…
…Of course this is symplistic, pe ce ne sont pas les 0 et 1 qu’on traduit, mais la présence et non-présence de quelque chose qui a été symbolisé par des 0 et 1’s groupé par huit…
…computer languages are languages, that we can learn and translate, and maybe even speak …. Mais, les informaticien.ne.s ne nous rendent la tâche pas facile.

a word is NOT a word WORD
typedef unsigned short WORD;

The use of the word WORD is mystifying. It is obfuscating. It makes me mad

…To understand AI better I assisted in The Reading Room #43: Re-writing / Re-reading, a workshop on and with AI, led by Jonathan Chaim Reus and Varia Rotterdam on March 22 2022…

prompt = “The matter in translation is”
context = “short parts of the conference call”

…After the workshop I tried to generate French text on “traduction” and when I saw that didn’t work I continued with only English. In the end I chose two “poems” that were translated and read out loud by students of translation studies, while I danced on them…

Are their translations the result of Intra-action? Est-ce que l’IA peut être un outil pour une traduction diffractive …. ? Is the human processing of the AI texts producing moments of diffractive thoughts to appear?

Here is the walk through of my presentation as a pdf to download: matierepatiere.pdf

Here is the twitter tekst read at the start: gracias.pdf

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Hommeles

sound / son Alix Desaubliaux (thanks)
text / voice Annie Abrahams
poem issue de bram.org/pwem

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Utterings The Practice

vocalic – prosody – pitch – volume – intonation – rhythm – non phonemic – paralinguistic – asemic – silence – feeling and listening – silence

You are welcome to join every first Monday of the month at 18h CET in a meeting between people who don’t use words to connect. A kind of conversation without words.

The sessions will start with a short introduction by one of the Utterings members. The “rules” for each session will be set by all who participate.
There will be no audience only participants.

A link to the practice venue will be available one hour before from the practice page.

This is not about music or performance but about connecting beyond language.

First session May 2nd.

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#bestpracticesincontemporarydance loves BramTV

2022 03 28 Best Practices, Mainz. Hydra, motion capture, VR, life coding, dance & BramTV.

#bestpracticesincontemporarydance is a digital dance practice developed between Jorge Guevara (Colombian based in Brussels. BE) – Naoto Hieda (Japanese based in Cologne. DE)

Since April 2020, almost every week, they stream, distort and alter videos of themselves using commercial and/or open-source software to blend their bodies in “pixel space”. The project is not intended to produce a performance; the practice itself is the outcome and the objective is to create a fluid, queer form of conversation between technology and bodies. As they say, they are practising resilience in times of uncertainty.

Interested? There are 99 Videos in the Best Practices in Contemporary Dance playlist. There is also a playlist of 77 Best Practices chats they had between them, but also with others around this practice.

BramTV (2005) has been restored in March 2022 by Jan de Weille.

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Reariting a conversation between Rhea Myers & Mckenzie Wark 

fascist encryption, conspiracies, why own?, provenance, deskilling, collecting, glitch, commons, civil liberties, ownership

Friday March 4 2022. A reariting* based on a conversation between Rhea Myers & Mckenzie Wark published on OUTLAND.
With Brian Droitcour, Ruth Catlow, Gretta Louw, Daniel Temkin and Annie Abrahams.

Some image snippets:

Because I, Annie, felt Myers & Wark‘s conversation contained a lot of interesting points that I didn’t really understand, I organized a reariting* of its publication on OUTLAND. I was/am struggling to comprehend issues around NFT’s, chains and DAO’s, and hoped reariting the conversation would clear up my mind.
It worked, I learned a lot.
A big thanks to my very generous co-reariters.
Here is the .pdf to check us out:

*Reariting is the act of simultaneous reading and writing together on the Internet. Reariting is a feminist technique to think through a text together. While reading a text, all participants use the same framapad to write their reactions and asides related to the text, thus exploring their understandings and misunderstandings of it. Reariting is about thinking and learning, finding links, soft and blind spots, returning and kneading. It always starts somewhere in the middle, and somehow never ends.

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Reariting Allison Parrish

how orthography expresses embodied linguistic intention./invention/revention. Convention. How correctness embodies/emboldens priviledge. The edge of meaning. The edge of our very selves/souls/ames. Summary of the reariting by Deena larsen.

We have been Thinking through / diving in / swimming around / plumbing the depths of Desire (under)lines: Notes toward a queer phenomenology of spell check by Allison Parrish

You can visit the pad itself or download this reariting as a .pdf.

Second Tuesday Salon  Reariting session.
March 8, 2022. 9 am MST, 11 am EST, 4 pm UTC, 5 pm Paris time. Duration 1 hour.

Reariting is the act of simultaneous reading and writing together on the Internet. Reariting is a feminist technique to think through a text together. While reading a text, all participants use the same framapad to write their reactions and asides related to the text, thus exploring their understandings and misunderstandings of it. Reariting is about thinking and learning, finding links, soft and blind spots, returning and kneading. It always starts somewhere in the middle, and somehow never ends.

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Thus the Reading Club manifests itself as a facilitator for a diffractive, distributed intelligence on-the-fly, creating text and relational patterns that do not depend on canons. It generates creative and unexpected “outcomes”. These are, in my opinion, not so much the texts produced, as the “diffractive moments” experienced by the reariters. Diffractive Reading in the Reading Club, Annie Abrahams, 2019.
https://elmcip.net/critical-writing/diffractive-reading-reading-club

In the article with Emmanuel Guez: The machinic author, published in JCWS (Journal of Creative Writing Studies) we formulate it a bit differently:
She assists in an event that allows for diffractive moments (5) – i.e “a mapping of interference” which take her out of self reflexivity, out of systemised subjectivity, out of a world that only reproduces what it knows already into an intra-active diffractive worlding (6). The machnic author revealed herself as queer.
Abrahams, Annie and Guez, Emmanuel (2019) ““The machinic author” Artist’s Statement: The Reading Club”, Journal of Creative Writing Studies: Vol. 4: Iss.1, Article 8. ISSN: 2474-2937. Available at: https://scholarworks.rit.edu/jcws/vol4/iss1/8

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instants – archives

merci à Luc Dall’armellina pour la capture

Tellement contente d’avoir retrouvé sur un vieux DD les fichiers html des InstantS; un projet d’écriture en ligne, proposé par moi pour le site panoplie .org ( 2006-2009).
Les archives, les InstantPortraits de Nicolas Frespech, Jacques Perconte, Jean Pierre Balpe, Xavier Leton, Ami Barak, Olga Kisseleva, Marc Veyrat, Annick Bureaud, André Lozano, Annie Abrahams, David-Olivier Lartigaud, Etienne Cliquet, Philippe Castellin, Victoria Welby, Anne Laforet, Albertine Meunier, Luc Dall’armellina, Cyril Thomas et Antoine Moreau peuvent être lus à nouveau.

Je rêve de pouvoir faire un livre, un jour, avec cette écriture si particulière. Qu’est-ce qu’elle nous dit de l’époque que nous vivions? En quoi elle se distingue de tout autre écriture?
Est-ce son caractère performatif qui la rend autre. (AA 2008 – 2022)

Pendant un mois un invité; artiste, écrivain, critique, chercheur ou autre activité en rapport avec internet, utilisait son portable et/ou ordinateur pour envoyer du texte au site de panoplie.org. Ce texte envoyé était instantanément visible sur la première page du site. A l’invité de décider comment il utilisera cet outil, cette présence par l’instant. La totalité des textes envoyés par l’invité formera son InstantPortrait.

InstantS était dérivé du projet Instants RSS de Nicolas Frespech, dans lequel Nicolas détourne un fil RSS* pour comme il le dit lui-même “vous envoyer des pensées, des morceaux de ma journée, des éléments, des liens hypertextes, tous ayant comme sujet l’heure très précise à laquelle cette information a été envoyée.”

*Un flux RSS ou fil RSS (“RSS feed” en anglais), sigle de Really Simple Syndication (souscription vraiment simple), ou de Rich Site Summary (Sommaire d’un site enrichi) est un format de syndication de contenu Web. Ce système permet de diffuser les nouvelles des sites d’information ou des blogs, ce qui permet de rapidement consulter ces dernières sans visiter le site.http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Really_Simple_Syndication.

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the significance of maintaining online access to obsolete Adobe Shockwave Flash (SWF) files through the source code

Anna Mladentseva wrote an interesting article on conservation, archiving and performance of flash-based pieces. She mentions how I kept what was left of Karaoke (2006) on it’s original page, and included at the same page the Rhizome’s Conifer archive of the piece working but also have the original .swf and .fla files available on the website.

On conservation of netart, archiving, code and performance.

Anna Mladentseva (2022): Responding to obsolescence in Flash-based net art: a case study on migrating Sinae Kim’s Genesis, Journal of the Institute of Conservation, DOI: 10.1080/19455224.2021.2007412
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19455224.2021.2007412

This article outlines an alternative method of migration facilitated by reverse engineering techniques—specifically decompilation—and foregrounds the significance of maintaining online access to the obsolete Adobe Shockwave Flash (SWF) files through the source code. On this premise, the source code is re-imagined as a site for further re-enactment, allowing a departure from its current role as a marker of ‘authenticity’.

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Distant Feeling(s) #9 / Past Convention

On Dec. 30, 2021 Distant Feeling(s) #9 integrated Bjørn Magnhildøen‘s project Past Convention
.. a public convention announced after it has already taken place. It deals with time as a convention, a protocol of interaction we have with the world.

Distant Feeling(s) #9, Sunday, December 26, 6PM – 6.15PM GMT+1

DF#9 is the fifth annual activation of Distant Feeling(s), again sharing time together, online, without speaking and with our eyes closed.

We invite all interested to take part in this recurring activation of Distant Feeling(s). To come together in an electronically powered energetic flow – (re)thinking the conditions of a present moment.

More info: bram.org/distantF & daniel-pinheiro.tumblr.com/distantfeelings

Distant Feelings is a project run by Annie Abrahams and Daniel Pinheiro.

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Féminisme, performance, thèse

Le féminisme dans les vies et les œuvres d’artistes de la performance en Europe et en Amérique du Nord entre 1980 et 2010.

Merci Floris Taton. Le 29 janvier 2018 nous avions un entretien de 1h37 via skype. Enfin je peux te lire.

Résumé :
Depuis les années 1970, le féminisme inspire les artistes de la performance. Cette décennie pionnière est très documentée, mais qu’en est-il pour les trois décennies suivantes ? Le féminisme dans les vies et les œuvres d’artistes de la performance en Europe et en Amérique du Nord entre 1980 et 2010 propose, par le biais de vingt-cinq artistes dans dix-sept pays un état des lieux du féminisme de la deuxième et de la troisième vague. L’objectif de la recherche est d’éclairer les artistes de la performance et leurs productions au regard d’enjeux féministes. Trois volets sont abordés : les prémices des parcours des artistes, les sources et formes de l’influence féministe et sa place dans les œuvres.

La puissance de l’art d’Annie Abrahams est aussi forte que son travail est sous-évalué.” :)

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Upcoming / ongoing

  • O4/07 cancelled Next 01/08 18h CET Utterings the Practice, Every First Monday of the Month. Open to all.
  • 08-20/07 Exposition "un lit en pierre et des pierres qui deviennent des lits", LABO_DEMO au Centre de Danse du Marais, Centre Wallonie Bruxelles, Paris. Commissariat.
  • Constallationsss ongoing with Alice Lenay, Pascale Barret, Alix Desaubliaux et occasionellement Gwendoline Samidoust et Carin Klonowski.
  • Distant Movements with Muriel Piqué and Daniel Pinheiro - ongoing
  • End of 2021 Distant Feelings with Daniel Pinheiro - yearly reconnexion

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