net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

more precursors – a kisstory

You can make a story of telematic communication by looking at how people experiment with distanced kissing over time. Can you?

Kit-Sherrie-composite-kiss_edit_a3txt_150_dc(Image from the collections of Galloway & Rabinowitz)

In 1975, five years before their groundbreaking Hole-in-Space piece, Sherrie Rabinowitz and Kit Galloway used a selfmade experimental setup in the Sony Salon on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Kit had a key and so they could use it after the opening hours of the showroom.
Kit and Sherrie did a lot of “Aesthetic Research in Telecommunications.” When I visit the website that documents this, I recognize they discovered and practiced probably all formal possibilities of being together in a composite image space. A feast of recognition.
They used split-screen, key images, life tv-footage and sometimes props. In what they called the space with no geographical borders they wanted to get rid of all borders, the split-screen border included and the above image of their kiss is an excellent example of the sensuality the merging of image-ambassadors can provoke.

Later this technique was used by Paul Sermon in Telematic Dreaming, a ISDN digital telephone installation from 1993. Nowadays, Daniel Pinheiro in Will you dance with me?! (2017) starts working in this direction. Station House Opera (among others) in 2016 was also using this technique in the At Home in Gaza and London performance project.

A Telematic Kissing Timeline?

  • Early twentieth century Telegraphic Kiss. (postcard see at the bottom)
  • 1938 Facsimile telegraph transmission kiss (article in Popular Mechanics )
  • 1957 Jerry Lewis and Celeste Holm split-screen kiss – live via terrestrial microwave linked TV. Image, info, video here.
  • 1974  Nam June Paik and Shirley Clarke splitscreen kiss – technical design of the installation by David Cort of the Videofreex. Image, info here.
  • 1975 Kit Galloway, and Sherrie Rabinowitz composite image space, using Sony Salon technology – In 1977 they start experimenting with satelite transmission.
  • 2007 Annie Abrahams and Nicolas Frespech, One the puppet of the other, live split-screen internet performance.
  • 2008 Annie Abrahams and Mark River The Big Kiss. Durational performance in an split-screen installation.
  • 2011 “Kissenger” the world’s only kiss transfer device.
  • 2014 Lancel and Maat develop E.E.G. Kiss, a tentative to device a communal kiss.
Facsimile-KISS_Pop-Mecs_5-1938Image from the collections of Galloway & Rabinowitz  1938 http://blog.modernmechanix.com/telegraph-kisses-are-new-fad/
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Telegraphic Kiss Postcard – early twentieth century. https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/tag/vice/

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Another precursor of The Big Kiss

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A few days ago Kit Galloway after his Networked Conversation with Randall Packer in the Third Space Network send Randall what might be the very first attempted transcontinental split-screen kiss – live via terrestrial microwave linked TV.

Jerry Lewis in Los Angeles and Celeste Holm in New York (She was an actress and the mother of Ted Nelson, the inventor of hypertext)  opened the 29th Academy Awards – the Oscars in 1957 with an “akward”, prude kiss.

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The other precursor was 17 years later in 1974 and was by Nam June Paik and Shirley Clarke. More about the discovery of this last version by the Videofreex here.

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Networked Conversations

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After Videofreex and Kit Galloway and before Gene Youngblood I’ll be Randall Packer‘s third guest in the Networked Conversations series.

Saturday May 13th 6pm – 7pm Paris time. (Find your local time here.)

To participate you should go to the Third Space Network.
https://connect.ntu.edu.sg/thirdspacenetwork/
Select “Guest,” type your name, and “Enter Room.”

Networked Conversations is a series of live, online interviews and discussions hosted by Randall Packer. The series features media artists, curators, writers, and activists exploring a broad range of social, political and aesthetic topics at the intersection of net culture. Networked Conversations collapses geographical and cultural boundaries via participatory Internet chat: free & open & accessible from anywhere in the world.
For more information visit:
http://www.thirdspacenetwork.com/

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Meeting Outranspo

Outranspo (Ouvroir de translation potencial) is a motley group of multilingual translators, writers, researchers and musicians who joyously devote themselves to creative approaches to translation. More information here.

Last Friday they invited me to one of their monthly online meetings.

I did a short introduction to my from estranger to e-stranger book (available as .pdf and as paperback), read some fragments from it and then we went to the ReadingClub.

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First session : 10 minutes – 3 authors – colors.
Result:
Galvin <3, Mistère and a Volga boatman
http://readingclub.fr/pad/58de383953621f374d000003

(please wait a few sec before pushing the arrow – the timeline needs to be loaded)

Second session : 10 minutes – 3 authors –  no colors.
Result:
Kein …. recul, keine Ablösragung
http://readingclub.fr/pad/58de3a6553621f374d00000

Outranspo discovered how, in this interface, an imposed limited number of characters influences the collective reading / writing experience. In the ReadingClub you have to erase to continue to write – in the ReadingClub you are collaborating and fighting at the same time.

Afterwards Chris remarked: “It changes how we relate to writing in time. Instead of seeing writing as an end result you can see it as a permanent present.”
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(: Outranspo told me I am Outranspo by anticipation. :)

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Co-incidences 18 – Yann Le Guennec

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Yann Le Guennec.
Co-incidences no 18.
Revue d’arts et créations.
ISBN 9781326828899

Avec :

Sylvie Bourguet, Annie Abrahams, Olivier Auber, Ann Guillaume, Antoine Moreau, Laurent Neyssensas.

p 41 – 50 version spéciale “who’s afraid of ? La vie en intelligence collective” – les archives – une pièce de théâtre en deux actes d’après un échange émail de 2005 entre les membres du groupe Lieudit.

Vous pouvez acheter Co-incidences 18 en version papier ou le regarder en ligne.

Je suis fière d’avoir participé à ce beau numéro qui rend hommage a cet artiste intéressant disparu trop tôt.

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ϟℙ∀ℳℳ▁ℙϴШ€ℜ – Beyond (spectacle) – test – glitched

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Curators : Ellectra Radikal & Systaime

ϟℙ∀ℳℳ is a virtual online museum dedicated to digital arts and emerging cultures.

BEYOND (SPECTACLE) – TEST GLITCHED
Original performance test with Igor Stromajer.
Performance Writing Weekend – ELMCIP Seminar 2012 – Arnolfini Bristol.

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workshop + conférence au CNAC

22-24/03 2017 Workshop Performance en Réseau – Introduction au Centre National des Arts du Cirque à Châlons en Champagne. Avec les étudiants de l’Ecole Boulle en DSAA1 Événementiel et médiation et les étudiants de la 30ème promotion du CNAC.
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Préparation / déroulement du workshop .pdf
23 Captures d’écran plus photos sur flickr.
Exercisesexister en double – toucher à distance – coördination – jouer la taille – le rapport – le monstre – la rencontre (ou pas) – disposition, abstraction, rhytme, mouvement de la webcam.

Exercice : deux webcams et un objet en mouvement.

23/03 2017 18h00. Conférence au CNAC
La beauté dans l’erreur ? – Oser le désaccord et la contradiction !
Qu’est-ce qu’une performance dématérialisée ? Est-ce que cela existe ? En montrant des exemples comme Angry Women et Angry Men, Annie Abrahams parlera des ses spécificités. Elle abordera le rôle du corps en ligne. Elle crée un espace liminal d’expérimentations, de rencontres, un espace intime, presque vierge, un ailleurs pour découvrir un mouvement pur. Le travail d’Annie Abrahams se base sur une esthétique de l’attention et de la confiance. Il dévoile ce qui est caché et met en avant ce qu’on n’a pas envie de voir. Annie Abrahams revendique la beauté de l’erreur et de la maladresse.
C’est une position politique, une opposition, un contre, mais aussi une réparation, une restauration, une correction, une thérapie, une cure, un antidote.
Que pourrait être un tel approche dans un environnement, ici au CNAC, où l’erreur peut être fatal et la maladresse un outil ? Nous allons essayer d’y réfléchir ensemble.

Preparation de la conférence performée .pdf

Vidéo d’un moment très spécial de cette conférence – lecture sur l’intra-action (Karen Barad)

Merci A Cyril Thomas, Claire Brisson et Eric Dubois pour l’invitation et la confiance.

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L’Entrelangue

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28/03 2017 18h – 19h30.
L’Entrelangue
Rencontre Artistique de Librancrage.
Annie Abrahams et Lily Robert-Foley.
Gazette Café, Montpellier. 28/03 2017 18h.

l’estranger et l’e-stranger, la traduction queere, la langue materpaternelle, le tiers texte – une transformance

Lily Robert-Foley is Associate Professor of Translation Studies at the University of Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3. She is the author of Jiji, a book of prose poems and conceptual writing (Omnia Vanitas Press, 2016), Money, Math and Measure (Essay Press chapbook series, 2016) m, a book of poetry-critique-collage (Corrupt Press, 2013), and graphemachine, a chapbook of visual poetry (Xerolage, 2013). Her translation of Sophie Loizeau’s La Chambre sous le saule (The Room under the Willow Tree), is coming out this year from To press. She is is a member of Outranspo, an international group of experimental translators.

waouououhhhhhh – parlé, chanté, joué, lu, répondu, questionné, crié, pianoté, imité, mimé – waouououhhhhhh

10 images de la soirée sur flickr
2 minutes du début en vidéo
le script d’Annie en .pdf

“Nous sommes complexes, des hommes traduits, nous connaissons a silent period, notre littérature est une littérature mineure, nous aimons le post-monolingual, nous sommes een vreemde in eigen land, nous sommes les brisées, les aliénés, les entre-deux…..,
mais,
nous sommes plus durs et plus fragiles en même temps, nous n’avons pas une seule langue, nous comprenons le texte tiers, nous sommes plus résilientes, plus inventives, nous n’appartenons à rien et personne, nulle peut exiger quoi que ce soit de nous.
Notre langue est libre.

Il est possible de gagner quelque chose dans la traduction.
Vous devez accepter (PLUSIEURS fois) un nouveau langage.”

Qu’est-ce que c’est une transformance? Nous allons y répondre.

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Avantgarde, theatre and all the rest

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March 19, at 1 p.m.

Powszechny Theatre
21 Legionów Street
91-069 Łódź
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Avantgarde, theatre and all the rest
The seminar will take up the issue of the avantgarde transformation from its historical origins to the present. The participants will ask how important the Internet and cyberspace are for the theatre and performance art. Social and political potential of today’s theatre will also be discussed.

With:
Annie Abrahams
(living in France), a Dutch performance artist creating her projects on the Internet. (My preparation .pdf  or .html)
Grzegorz Laszuk, the leader of the formation of alternative theater Commune Otwock, nowadays – the Commune/Warsaw.
Izabella Pluta (working in Switzerland and France), a researcher on how the modern theatre is transformed under the influence of new media.
Ewa Wojtowicz, the author of books about art on the Internet and the latest artistic post-media trends.
Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, a researcher on the contemporary art, in particular new media art.

In the frame of the  XXII International Festival of Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant.

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Agency Art II

collectively made, refusing hierarchy, a knitting together of artists and performers in the moment of the event, erasure of the artistic ego, practice, changing rules, choices, connecting, accepting the unexpected, responsive, shared, collaboratively authored, open to all, working with temporal behavioral phenomena, healing, enactment, improvised, including environmental conditions, attentional strategies, instructions, protocols, apparatus, meeting, embracing the ordinary, rehearsing alternatives, re-hijacking therapy, exercising our relations to others, our social (in)capacities, exploring rituals, being together, participatory,
concerns individuals and politics

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Agency Art seems to be a difficult term: too much bad feelings go with the word (NSA) ; too similar sounding to Art Agency, and so it triggers thoughts about commerce. Still I want to persevere. For years I used silently the term “behavioural art” to think about what I was doing – silently yes, because for someone trained in biology “behavioural” is a stained word. It turned out that for others “agency” is just as stained. But for me it’s  an empowering word, referring to Butler, ANT theory and Karen Barad.

Agency Art is beyond disciplines. It’s a point of view, an anchor point from where to think critically about (my) artistic practices.

Let me try, while forgetting temporarily all the theoretical implications, to mention a few projects, I would like to name of Agency Art : Darren O’Donnell‘s social theater works and his book Social Acupuncture which argues for an aesthetics of civic engagement, Miranda July‘s work Somebody, where text messages are delivered by a real person. Félix González-Torres Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) a 175 pound-pile of candy, from which visitors are encouraged to take samples, Eduardo Kac’s Darker than Night and Teleporting an Unknown State 1994/96, Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present and 512 hours, where the public became the performing body, Yoko Ono‘s Cut piece, Gego‘s work on networks and space and a lot of Lygia Clark‘s multi-sensory participative work.

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To find keywords for Agency Art I choose some specific examples (from fine art, dance, theater, music, performance, digital art and electronic poetry) : Deufert&Plischke’s work, LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner’s HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US, Building Conversation by Lotte van den Berg, Deep listening by Pauline Oliveros, Poietic Generator by Olivier Auber, Lingua Ignota by Samantha Gorman and Walking Practices by Ienke Kastelein. (more info on each piece at the bottom of this post)

Why didn’t I include a relational aesthetic artists as for instance Rirkit Tiravanija who initiates ways to enable the public to be a part of the art-making process?
Because the public can’t make choices in his work – it is like a staged environment, which needs these people to make it alive, but does not give them any agency – they are not challenged to make choices besides being there or not being there.

Agency Art is art that makes it clear to the receiver via his or her body what is at stake, where opportunities for action lie, and which virtual* behaviours he or she can actualize. It demonstrates how choices work, and how to create patterns that retain their coherence while you remain part of them and transform when you move within their field of action. (* virtual understood as potentiality, not as a quality or in a re-presentable way) Mulder 2012.
(This refers to my first post on Agency Art.)

Agency Art is made of interaction, but should be constructed, looked at with intra-active glasses.
(This refers to a post on inter-intra-action.)

I still need to read a bit on Latour :) before I can write something about the many definitions, different, but related, takes on agency. Gell, Barad, Spinoza, Butler …

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Upcoming

* 18/06 2017 11h. Talk Networked performance art and engagement - What is and Why Agency Art? Internet, Arte y Compromiso, Centre Culturel Puertas de Castilla (Murcia).
* 19/06 2017 20h30. Une pratique du texte numérique qui dévoile. Invitation Yan Rucar, Centre culturel international de Cerisy-la-Salle.
* 21/07 10PM Performance Ours Lingages, ELO 2017, Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória, Porto.

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