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Annie Abrahams

Before The First online performance

In 2020, many people encountered online performance for the first time.
We asked some of our peers “When was your first online performance?”
BEFORE THE FIRST is a brief glimpse of the diversity of online performance created before 2020.
Compiled by Annie Abrahams, Helen Varley Jamieson and Suzon Fuks. Edited by Suzon Fuks.

With thanks to:
Gwendoline Samidoust, Lucie Desaubliaux, Muriel Piqué, Soyung Lee, Lily Robert-Foley, Gilson Moraes Motta, Atefeh Khas, Elaine Vaan Hogue, Alejandra Ceriani, Ximena Alarcon, Daniel Pinheiro, Emma Che Raethke-Martin, Christina Papagiannouli, Martina Ruhsam, Rosa Sanchez, Caroline Delieutraz, Jorge Rojas, Rebekah Wild, Miljana Perić, Alan Sondheim, Patrick Lichty, Roger Mills, James Cunningham, Johannes Birringer, Joseph DeLappe, Keith Armstrong, Karla Ptáček, Auriea Harvey, Jean-Marc Matos, John Hopkins, Nina Sobell, Antoinette LaFarge, Adriene Jenik and Paul Sermon.

DISCLAIMER

“Before the first” is a response to the many claims of online “firsts” in 2020. We aim to draw attention to the long and rich history of online performance, which stretches back to the earliest days of the internet. This video is only a very tiny sample of this field of creative work.

For some of the artists in “Before the first”, the performance shown was not their very first online performance. Many early works were never documented, or for other reasons later works have been used. This video is a snapshot and provocation to further exploration of the field, rather than an historical record.

Annie Abrahams, Helen Varley Jamieson and Suzon Fuks

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