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Annie Abrahams

alchorisma – queering optimisation

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mineralmatter Alchorisma-stitching by Peter Westenberg. More stitchings.

From 2 – 8 December 2018 I had the pleasure to participate in a workshop organised by Constant Brussels. The worksession called Alchorisma* took place at Z33, House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium.

trees, spirits, algorithms, stones, rituals, ghosts, witches, codes, analytics, AI’s, things,  shamanism’s, optimisations, walks, songs, propagations, meditations and queerisations
ᗶ = but gate = stop and raise a concern

I applied for Alchorisma, because during the residency Autorama / Exposition et automatisation with OUDEIS in July I learned to look at my use of protocols in research and performance as also related to automatisation. A kind of automatisation that didn’t determine outcome, but ruled behaviour – giving it constraints, while leaving complete freedom to interpretation. I saw alchorisma as an occasion to go further in these thoughts and to open myself up to other than failing rational and artistic approaches of ecotech problematics.

We were divers, of all ages and backgrounds and our first meeting in Hasselt was mediated by shamans. At the start I felt as if I was seeking solutions in concepts I never believed in, that were of the middle ages …, but … There are no solutions, only paths. For 6 days we all together, crossed, stiched, unraveled, mixed,  …

The best way to find out more about the special atmosphere  we were in is to watch Peter Westenberg’s stitchings and to read or listen to the Alchorisma Daily Reflections send to us from Japan by FoAM.

I have been touched, nourished, I changed (a bit), …

a spirit is not a thing, nor is it of the imagination, it’s all encompassing, everywhere, it relates things, trees, humans, stones and whatever … it is a consciousness of entanglement, of interdependence – if you experience it, everything becomes related – it is a mysthical feeling and I, Annie, can call this feeling by touching beautiful old “dying” trees.

how does it feel to be broken?
to be moulded?
to be round?
to be backed?
to be industrial?
to ly down?
to be carved?
to be pushed?
to be in a border?
to be the border?
to have a hole?
to be one of many?
to be made into?
to be among others?
close to another material?
to be erected?
to be square?
how does it feel to be of stone?
to be a stone?
to be stony?

pwWould it be possible to create an algorithm that included human behaviour?, that would evolve over time and in the process integrate aspects of the personnallities of all the participating individuals? With Marika Dermineur of Rybn we decided to run a small test. You can read more about this here : Performing Processes using algorithms / Performing Secret Alchorithms.
What we learned ?

Optimisation has pittfalls.

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Let’s go for Queer Analytics.

Queer Analytics displaces, transposes thought, it is fun to do, is therapeutic for the participant and augments imaginative holding powers for the entangled damage. (my words)

I was so impressed by the session proposed by Femke Snelting during Alchorisma that in January 2019 I proposed a Queer Analytics session for Constallations. Also there and then the methodology convinced as “another logic”.

QÆ = (((♞H1H2F,⚕FNH,♥F)+(⚕IHF,♥H1H2FF)+(⚕IHF)+(♞H1H2F,♥H2NHIHFNH))*ae)/aK ? 🎊🎉

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[H1Ωa, H2ΔΩ, H3Δ, H4ΔΩ,NHΔ≠,,IHΔE≠,,F©Ω]
♞ + ⚕ + ♥ [qHΩa©∃≠,qNHΩE©,qIH∃©,qFΩΔ©≠]
αK

queering: non-identitary, non-essentialist, non-fixed lives → trans*feminist approaches // intersectional, not-only-human, antinormative, affirmative,

analytics (discovery, interpretation, and communication of meaningful patterns in data): a post-positive move. It is urgent to reclaim analytics in non profit experiments. Reclaim analytics as the practice of cutting complexity together apart. Take on both the injuries caused by analytics and also to take on how we might invent/generate/build on an analytics for trans*feminist work that stays with damage,

These textfragments come from the Queering the Damage at Alchorisma. It was based on Queering damage: methodologies for partial reparations… or not, a workshop in Hangar Barcelona by Helen Pritchard, Jara Rocha and Laura Benítez, oct 2018.

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* Alchorisma alludes to the relationships between algorithms, charisma, rhythm, alchemy and karma. Alchorisma is a Constant worksession which looks at integrating cosmogenetic views with the charisma surrounding technology. We look at ways to infect existing algorithmic models with positions that acknowledge the importance of co-existence with non-human entities. (as announced by Constant)

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