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Annie Abrahams

The Big Kiss

the big kissImage from the performance “One the puppet of the other” with NicolasFrespech, May 26th 2007, Centre Pompidou Paris.

On October 10 2008 , from 7pm to 10 pm, Over The Opening is pleased to present The Big Kiss, a performance installation by Annie Abrahams.

OTO N6 Street, Brooklyn New York

What’s contact in a machine mediated world? What’s the power of the image? How does it feel to kiss without touching? Does the act change because we see it? What does it mean to construct an image with your tongue? And is there still desire? Does the act provoke it? What’s contact in a machine mediated world?

Machine mediated kissing in a performance = drawing with your tongue = taking pleasure, while constructing an image = a way to be superaware of the other = never totally abandoning yourself =  ???????? = not at all like real kissing, it’s better! This might be a female view point.

Video : 5 min extract while performing with Mark RiverIf not available you can watch the video on vimeo.
A 20 min hi-res version is available for projections and installations on demand.


More photos from the 3 hours lasting Big Kiss performance at OTO on October 10 now up at OTO’s Flickr Set.

Overview of the installation while performing with a Ursula Endlicher.

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Thanks to the Consulate General of the Netherlands for their generous support which made my stay in New York possible.

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Annie Abrahams
is a Dutch artist living in France. Abrahams work is featured on her site “Being Human / Etant Humain”: a big interlinked universe that concentrates on the possibilities and limitations of communication as well as at aabrahams.wordpress.com

OTO Over The Opening. Once a month, from 7PM to 10PM, the artist collective MTAA convert their N6th St. Brooklyn studio into a venue for the presentation of time-based art.

MTAA artist collective. Michael Sarff and Tim Whidden formed the artist collaboration MTAA in 1996. MTAA has presented artworks and performances at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Postmasters Gallery and Artists Space, all in New York city; The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; The Beall Center for Art and Technology in Irvine, CA and at The Getty Center in Los Angeles.

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