net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

precursor of The Big Kiss


A The Big Kiss avant l’internet : A few days ago Randall Packer pointed me to what might be a precursor to my piece The Big Kiss from 2007. In his article Videofreex Chronicles #1: TV as Social Media he shows an image of DeeDee Halleck‘s Explorations in the Videospace, Part I from 1974. It’s a splitscreen kiss performed by Nam June Paik and Shirley Clarke. The technical design is by David Cort of the Videofreex.

I am surprised and wondering if I would have been able to make The Big Kiss if I had know about it. Would it have been appropriation? And would I have been bothered by copyrights? Now, I know about it, I want to see these videos / TV images – do they still exist? Where to look for them?

I also found this one on pinterest posted by Rachel McBrinn. I wrote her and she answered that she pinned the image from, which is now not a registered domain and didn’t know anything about the imageNam June Paik Shirley Clarke Kissing - David Cort installation.

Andrew Ingall, the curator of Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz reacted in a twit to my call for more info : @annieabrahams @ShirleyClarke Not aware of video documentation of Cort’s exhibition at The Kitchen. Read more here:

And so I googled “David Cort The Kitchen” and found another same image with a Greek text that google translated : “In this Polaroid, the Nam June Paik and Shirley Clarke trying to kiss in an installation created by David Cort (the Kitchen, 1974). See. Pleasure Palace Theater of the Future.” So I have to look for an installation in an exhibition in 1974. Search wil continue.

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Le principe d’incertitude


Annie Abrahams, Le principe d’incertitude
Texte de Gaspard Bébié-Valérian apparu dans la rubrique Lignes de Front de La conjuration des drones MCD #78 pages 12-13. .pdf sur le site d’Agnès de Cayeux.

C’est rare, très rare, un article sur son travail qui fait réfléchir, qui met le doigt là où tu n’as pas encore pu le mettre toi-même, qui formule une pensée dont tu peux être certaine qu’elle va t’accompagner encore un temps. Un jour Maria Chatzichristodoulou m’avait fait ce cadeau et aujourd’hui c’est Gaspard Bébié-Valérian qui prend sa suite. Merci beaucoup Gaspard.

Gaspard Bébié-Valérian est directeur artistique d’Oudeis, un laboratoire pour les arts numériques, électroniques et médiatiques. Il est aussi artiste sous le nom d’Art-Act (avec Sandra Bébié-Valérian).

“Néanmoins, ce principe d’incertitude devient un choix politique dans une époque où tout est programmé et prévu à plus ou moins long terme. Le principe d’incertitude est aussi cette qualité à reconnaître la fragilité, la possibilité d’une défaillance dans une situation donnée. Et c’est la beauté, l’intérêt porté au travail d’Annie Abrahams : réintroduire de la fragilité, de l’incertain dans un monde précalculé. La chair, les fluides et l’excès redeviennent des facteurs esthétiques, formels introduits au sein du virtuel. Adieu donc figures mythologiques de la dématérialisation et des corps aseptisés, enveloppes transperçables et spectrales. Le corps hurle, transpire, hésite, respire, cherche l’autre, peut-être dans un ordonnancement, mais imprévisible.”

couverture MCD #78

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besides, the city is not a tree – #6pmeu

objectsMoney6PMeu besides, the city is not a tree

July 22, 6pm (CET). A  performance by Annie Abrahams and Martina Ruhsam.
In collaboration with OUDEIS, laboratoire pour les arts numériques, électroniques et médiatiques in Le Vigan, France. Live documentation and reactions via
Streaming Ivan Chabanaud / Duration around 20 min.

A follow-up of Martina and Annie’s Turbulence commission besides, the person I am becoming.

On Object Agency. Collected words and objects – overheard phrases, poetry, academic citations, a piece of concrete, foam, money, a lamp. What if objects ? …

For besides, the person I am becoming, for one month we collected text – overheard phrases, poetry, magazine, academic citations and objects. While preparing we decided the objects should not be personal, not be too beautiful, as ordinary, casual, daily as possible. We wanted the objects to act as much as the words we selected from our collection. This resulted in what Igor Stromajer called a “theory-meditation“. For besides, the city is not a tree we want to try out another more narrative version of the text collection, to speed up the rhythm and to see what meaning might arise from such a text object layering.

Event in the frame of 6PM Your Local Time Europe: a distributed contemporary art exhibition, taking place all over Europe in art institutions, galleries and artist studios at the same time, and documented online under the same hashtag.

Watch the performance here : While watching, please post images, text and videos on your Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #6pmeu. The images feed will be transmitted in real time to

6PM Your Local Time is curated by Fabio Paris for Link Art Center. More information

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Catalog Stadtgalerie Mannheim


Recieved the catalog Stadtgalerie Mannheim 2011 – 2015.
Editor Benedikt Stegmayer, Stadtgalerie Mannheim.
Published by Einraumhaus c/o Verlag
ISBN: 978-3-944128-50-4.
On page 65 there are two photos from the presentation of the video from The Big Kiss, a performance with Mark River, MTAA from 2008.
In the show Subversive Systeme, curated by the editor, this video was presented in the vicinity of a video by epidemiC, where Franco Berardi (Italian Media Philosopher) reads the source code of the “I LOVE YOU” virus at the D-I-N-A (Digital Is Not Analog) digital art festival.
I love the combination.
Thanks Benedikt.

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besides, – 3 online performances

Annie Abrahams and Martina Ruhsam.

June 11 2015 : besides, the person I am becoming. Duration 20 minutes. The audience can interact via a chatwindow.

June 12 2015 : besides, moved by some thing. An intimate conversation on death and illness. Duration undetermined. No interaction with the public.

June 13 2015 : besides, Dear Body, Duration 3 minutes. With public chatwindow, so we can discuss afterwards.

19h CET – 1pm EDT – online (find you local time) streaming Ivan Chabanaud /

Three online experiments by Annie Abrahams and Martina Ruhsam, who will investigate the performative potential of computer-mediated performance. By listening to each other´s gestures (in a visual and acoustic sense) they will choreograph each other despite being geographically far away from each other – Annie will be in Montpellier, Martina in Berlin. More information (motivation, preparations, intentions, context, tests, images, bios)


everything is on-the-fly, we don’t rehearse, we prepared technics and format together, content is taken care of individually – nothing can go wrong – we create experience … an encounter with the invisible public

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DOEK – archéologie des médias

secondeNature 19 mai, 19h, vernissage Archéologies des médias Exposition du 20 mai au 28 juin 2015 – mercredi au samedi de 14h à 18h Seconde Nature 27 Rue du 11 Novembre 13100 Aix-en-Provence

organisé par PAMAL, unité de recherche de l’École Supérieure d’Art d’Avignon

Y sera présenté le second original du logiciel DOEK fait par Jan de Weille en 1993/94 pour me faciliter la gestion de mon travail de peinture. Assez vite je l’utilisais aussi pour faire des dessins d’ordinateur indépendants. De ce logiciel il ne nous restait que 150 pages du listing rédigé en langage C. Grâce à Axel Airo-Farulla, Léo Battesti, Maxime Beau et Jérome Padilla, tous en licence pro à l’IUT de Arles, PAMAL est parvenu à réactiver le logiciel sur une machine Amiga 500. Dessins, constructions et murals fait avec la version première entre 1994 et 1996 à partir de


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Documentation Mie lahkoo pomagate ? (can you help me?)

Annie Abrahams Solo exhibition Mie lahkoo pomagate ? (can you help me ?) 21 October – 7 November 2014, Aksioma Project Space, Ljubljana. Production CONA.

beautifulMerci Irena, Brane, Jasmina, Maja, Janez, Huong, Jan, Tožibabe, Jana, Chantal and Martina.

Photos of the exhibition by Suncan Stone.
Photos of the opening event by CONA.

Video of the opening performance filmed by Janez Janša.

Articles :
Annie Abrahams: Jezik v svetu med realnim in virtualnim Pogovor z umetnico ob njeni aktualni razstavi 29. oktober 2014 ob 06:28 Pina Gabrijan.
krant misliss
Potrpežljivost in pozornost (Patience and Attention), DEVNIK Nov 3, Mojca Pišek.

Works presented in Mie Lahkoo pomagate? (can you help me?):
Opening up a new zone for what formerly was called net art, Text by Jasmina Založnik. 30 x 42 cm, laminated digital print, October 2014.

from estranger to e-stranger, Living in between languages. Book by Annie Abrahams, Editions +++plus+++, CONA and, ISBN9781291965117, October 2014.

My parents (il y a 31 ans), Remix based on a 15 min-long b&w super8 film made in 1983. Video projection, 6.36 min in a loop, 2014.

It’s not about the project but about the relation, Digital colour print, 21 x 30 cm, photo Brane Zorman, design Annie Abrahams, 2014.

Annie Abrahams wants to find a link between emotions and coding, 25 x 125 cm, digital print of a comment exchange on FB, 2014.

Lutke, Youtube video on a photo frame, 2.16 min in a loop. Song by Tožibabe, live Novi Rock ’86.

Let’s focus on what makes you feel bi, Offset print by Huong Ngo 66 x 66 cm, black and white, 2-sided, one out of an edition of 500, presented on a wooden board, 2014.

Kaj misiliš s tem?, Sound on CD player, 17 min, edited sound recordings of Kaj misiliš s tem? What do you mean?, a performance by Martina Ruhsam, Jana Wilcoxen, Chantal van Mourik, Annie Abrahams and TTS by Proteus, Kult3000, Ljubljana, 2014.

Encounter video, 270 min in a loop, performance recording of Encounter with Annie Abrahams, Maja Delak and Irena Pivka, April 2014, MSUM, Ljubljana. 4 LCD screens with the same video starting at different points in the timeline and a surveillance camera, 2014.

relax.exe, Video projection of screensaver software for PC, made with Jan de Weille, 1999.

A present from Irena, Skirt made by Irena Pivka, fabric, 2014.

I was 8 minutes late …, Video by Irena Pivka based on documentation she made during Encounter with Annie Abrahams and Maja Delak, April 2014, MSUM, Ljubljana, 10:50 min in a loop on an LCD Sony Bravia 52” screen, 2014.

It shouldn’t be too loud…, Sound work by Brane Zorman based on sound recordings of Encounter with Annie Abrahams, Maja Delak and Irena Pivka, April 2014, MSUM, Ljubljana, and screams of Annie Abrahams, two speakers back to back on a standard, 2014.

Encounter drawings, Made by Irena Pivka during Encounter with Annie Abrahams and Maja Delak, April 2014, MSUM, Ljubljana, colour markers on paper, 480 x 62 cm, 2014.

Encounter photo, Made by Maja Delak with a Diana+ camera during Encounter with Annie Abrahams and Irena Pivka, April 2014, MSUM, Ljubljana, 120 x 120 cm, digital colour print, 2014.

Iloveyou.exe, A part of the code of a computer virus called happ99.exe. 21 x 30 cm, copies on red paper, edition of 100, 2014.

The works presented investigate different attitudes toward language and problematize how its expressivity is structured when placed in a new environment. They are the result of a one month residency in Ljubljana in April 2014.

Production: CONA institute for contemporary art processing
Exhibition partner: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Residency partners: JSKD and French Institute, Ljubljana.
Performances’ partners: MSUM and Kult3000
Cona program is supported by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Ljubljana

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Conférence La Cambre – vidéos, texte.

From estranger to e-stranger – living in between languages.
Conférence Annie Abrahams.
Mercredi 19 novembre 2014 à 18h,
Auditoire Léon Stynen,
La Cambre Arts Visuels, Bruxelles.
En collaboration avec l’ESA Le Septantecinq.


La voix que je parle n’est pas ma voix. Nous sommes toutes des êtres traduites, des nomades. Toujours connectées, nous vivons un “in-between”, entre code et émotion, entre visibilité et intimité. L’entre-deux = void. Cherchons à faire avec, + + + !
Texte (score) en entier  ConfLaCambre.pdf

La Tête en Bas – Je ne veux pas raconter des histoires. Extrait capture vidéo 3.21 min.

vidéo aussi disponible ici

Annie Abrahams chante du Clément Thomas à la Cambre. Extrait capture vidéo 4.04 min.

vidéo aussi disponible ici

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Une écriture en mouvement pop’lab #14

poplab1200pop’lab #14 reading club’ – 20 pages de plaisir – pdf à imprimer mostly French, some English, color full

Images 9 performances Récits extraits des articles de Simona Polvani, Mark JahJah, Maf’j Alvarez et Alessandro Ludovico. Textes composés par Annie Abrahams et Emmanuel Guez avec les réponses de Lanfranco Aceti, Philippe Aigrain, Gaspard Bébié-Valerian, Sandra Bébié-Valérian, BridA (Tom Kerševan, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica), Lucille Calmel, Ruth Catlow, Jennifer Chan, Curt Cloninger, Manuel Fadat, Jerome Fletcher, Pascale Gustin, Andrej Hrvatin, Catherine Lenoble, Alessandro Ludovico, Antoine Moreau, Cornelia Sollfrank, Renee Turner, Alexandra Saemmer, Alan Sondheim, Colette Tron, Helen Varley Jamieson, Sophie Wahnich, à un questionnaire portant sur leur expérience du Reading Club. Playliste ReadingClub son Christian Vialard, vidéo Adrien Chevrot – Jeu de Paume, vidéo Antoine Moreau, gif animé Curt Cloninger. Entretien Annick Rivoire. +

QU’EST-CE QUE LE READING CLUB? / WHAT IS THE READING CLUB ? Read the rest of this entry »

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Press Release CyPosium – the book

New Book Explores Live Performance on the Internet

A new book exploring the field of cyberformance – live performance events that connect remote participants via the internet – offers a variety of perspectives on this multi-disciplinary live art form.

CyPosium – the book has been edited by Annie Abrahams and Helen Varley Jamieson.
Its contributors are Adriene Jenik, Alan Sondheim, Alberto Vazquez, Annie Abrahams, Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn, Cherry Truluck, Clara Gomes, Helen Varley Jamieson, James Cunningham, Joseph DeLappe, Liz Bryce, Maria Chatzichristodoulou, Maja Delak and Luka Prinčič, Miljana Perić, Rob Myers, Roger Mills, Ruth Catlow, Stephen A. Schrum and Suzon Fuks.

CyPosium – the book is published by Link Editions, in partnership with La Panacée, Montpellier, as part of “Open”, a series of catalogues, essay collections and pamphlets co-published with partner institutions. It is available as a print-on-demand paperback, e-book and downloadable PDF.

CyPosium – the book presents selected material from the CyPosium, a one-day online symposium organised in October 2012 to discuss cyberformance. Artists from a range of backgrounds have experimented in this field for as long as they have had access to the internet, and the CyPosium sought to remember and celebrate some of this ephemeral and pioneering work.The 12-hour event consisted of online presentations and facilitated discussions, and attracted an audience from around the world who engaged in a lively, vibrant real-time conversation.
CyPosium – the book continues and expands on this discussion by presenting texts, chat log excerpts, discussion transcripts, edited email conversations, creative chat excerpt essays and illustrations from the event, along with responses to the event.

CyPosium – the book will be of interest to practitioners, students and researchers of digital and online arts. While its focus is live performance, the contributors hail from a wide range of practice both online and offline, and their writing illustrates the hybrid nature of contemporary arts involving digital technologies. Music, dance, poetry, sound art and the visual arts all feature, as well as entertainment and social practices such as computer games, virtual worlds and online dating. Common themes that emerged during the CyPosium are also present in the book, such as the changing role of the audience; intimacy in the online environment; and mortality. This breadth of form and content reflects the ever-increasing ubiquity of the internet and digital technologies in our daily lives as well as our arts practices.

Order your copy via Lulu or Amazon:

Read the ebook on issuu

Downloadable PDF on

For further information contact:
Helen Varley Jamieson ( ) and / or Annie Abrahams ( )CyPosium_the_book

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* 26/9 vivre entre - from estranger to e-stranger, Presentation - performance, festival Ouverture(s) / Overture(s), The Magdalena Project, Montpellier.

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