net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

Documenting Digital Art

On March 26, 17h30 – 18h00, we will present BEFORE THE FIRST, a brief glimpse of the diversity of online performance created before 2020, at the Transformation Digital Art 2021 symposium organised by LIMA, Amsterdam.

The Transformation Digital Art symposium is designed as an opportunity to share best practices concerning both artist-led and institutional strategies geared towards the future presentation of born-digital and software-based art. This year the focus of the symposium will be on Documenting Digital Art.

Programme of the symposium:
DAY 1: Wednesday, March 24, 17h30 – 21h30 CET
Workshop 1: Workshop Documentation Digital Art with HEK 18h00-19h30 CET
DAY 2: Thursday, March 25, 17h30 – 21h30 CET
Workshop 2: Workshop Documentation Digital Art with Centre Pompidou 18h00-19h30 CET
DAY 3: Friday, March 26, 17h00 – 19h30 CET
Workshop 3: Workshop Documentation Digital Art with SFMoma 18h00-19h30 CET
For the fully detailed programme visit bit.ly/LIMATDA2021
TICKETS bit.ly/ticketsTDA2021

March 26, 17h30 – 18h00: Discussion with Annie Abrahams (Artist) and Helen Varley Jamieson (artist)
Before the First is a response to the many claims of online “firsts” in 2020. Annie Abrahams, Helen Varley Jamieson and Suzon Fuks aim to draw attention to the long and rich history of online performance, which stretches back to the earliest days of the internet. 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. Before the First is a brief glimpse of the diversity of online performance created before 2020. The video is only a very tiny sample of this field of creative work; it is a snapshot and provocation to further exploration of the field, rather than an historical record.

You can watch the recording of our presentation on youtube.

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