net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

Documentation Mie lahkoo pomagate ? (can you help me?)

Annie Abrahams Solo exhibition Mie lahkoo pomagate ? (can you help me ?) 21 October – 7 November 2014, Aksioma Project Space, Ljubljana. Production CONA.

beautifulMerci Irena, Brane, Jasmina, Maja, Janez, Huong, Jan, Tožibabe, Jana, Chantal and Martina.

Photos of the exhibition by Suncan Stone.
Photos of the opening event by CONA.

Video of the opening performance filmed by Janez Janša.

Articles :
Annie Abrahams: Jezik v svetu med realnim in virtualnim Pogovor z umetnico ob njeni aktualni razstavi 29. oktober 2014 ob 06:28 Pina Gabrijan.
krant misliss
Potrpežljivost in pozornost (Patience and Attention), DEVNIK Nov 3, Mojca Pišek.

Works presented in Mie Lahkoo pomagate? (can you help me?):
Opening up a new zone for what formerly was called net art, Text by Jasmina Založnik. 30 x 42 cm, laminated digital print, October 2014.

from estranger to e-stranger, Living in between languages. Book by Annie Abrahams, Editions +++plus+++, CONA and, ISBN9781291965117, October 2014.

My parents (il y a 31 ans), Remix based on a 15 min-long b&w super8 film made in 1983. Video projection, 6.36 min in a loop, 2014.

It’s not about the project but about the relation, Digital colour print, 21 x 30 cm, photo Brane Zorman, design Annie Abrahams, 2014.

Annie Abrahams wants to find a link between emotions and coding, 25 x 125 cm, digital print of a comment exchange on FB, 2014.

Lutke, Youtube video on a photo frame, 2.16 min in a loop. Song by Tožibabe, live Novi Rock ’86.

Let’s focus on what makes you feel bi, Offset print by Huong Ngo 66 x 66 cm, black and white, 2-sided, one out of an edition of 500, presented on a wooden board, 2014.

Kaj misiliš s tem?, Sound on CD player, 17 min, edited sound recordings of Kaj misiliš s tem? What do you mean?, a performance by Martina Ruhsam, Jana Wilcoxen, Chantal van Mourik, Annie Abrahams and TTS by Proteus, Kult3000, Ljubljana, 2014.

Encounter video, 270 min in a loop, performance recording of Encounter with Annie Abrahams, Maja Delak and Irena Pivka, April 2014, MSUM, Ljubljana. 4 LCD screens with the same video starting at different points in the timeline and a surveillance camera, 2014.

relax.exe, Video projection of screensaver software for PC, made with Jan de Weille, 1999.

A present from Irena, Skirt made by Irena Pivka, fabric, 2014.

I was 8 minutes late …, Video by Irena Pivka based on documentation she made during Encounter with Annie Abrahams and Maja Delak, April 2014, MSUM, Ljubljana, 10:50 min in a loop on an LCD Sony Bravia 52” screen, 2014.

It shouldn’t be too loud…, Sound work by Brane Zorman based on sound recordings of Encounter with Annie Abrahams, Maja Delak and Irena Pivka, April 2014, MSUM, Ljubljana, and screams of Annie Abrahams, two speakers back to back on a standard, 2014.

Encounter drawings, Made by Irena Pivka during Encounter with Annie Abrahams and Maja Delak, April 2014, MSUM, Ljubljana, colour markers on paper, 480 x 62 cm, 2014.

Encounter photo, Made by Maja Delak with a Diana+ camera during Encounter with Annie Abrahams and Irena Pivka, April 2014, MSUM, Ljubljana, 120 x 120 cm, digital colour print, 2014.

Iloveyou.exe, A part of the code of a computer virus called happ99.exe. 21 x 30 cm, copies on red paper, edition of 100, 2014.


The works presented investigate different attitudes toward language and problematize how its expressivity is structured when placed in a new environment. They are the result of a one month residency in Ljubljana in April 2014.

Production: CONA institute for contemporary art processing
Exhibition partner: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Residency partners: JSKD and French Institute, Ljubljana.
Performances’ partners: MSUM and Kult3000
Cona program is supported by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Ljubljana

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Mie lahkoo pomagate? (can you help me?)


Solo exhibition
21 October – 7 November 2014,
Aksioma Project Space, Ljubljana
Tuesday, 21 October at 20h / opening and presentation. I will also be in the space on the 22nd, 23rd and 24rd from 3pm to 5pm. Recording sound, explaining, chatting.

Production: CONA  institute for contemporary art processing
Coproduction: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art
Residency partner: JSKD and French Institute

The works presented in the exhibition Mie Lahkoo Pomagate? (can you help me?) investigate different attitudes toward language and problematize how its expressivity is structured when placed in a new environment.

The created pieces have an open structure and can be understood as a sort of “hacking”, through which another sphere of what used to be called net art is opened. This other zone is no longer caught in the virtual world, it does not examine its imprints on reality, but cuts through the space of in-betweenness, the real / the virtual, past / present. It calls for a responsible, watchful, and careful entering, reading, acting, reacting, even when we are becoming a witness of a past event, when we are interpreting offered materials, combining, connecting, and understanding them.

Recordings, drawings, a video and a poster of Encounter, edited recordings of Kaj misiliš s tem? What do you mean?, an art book from estranger to e-stranger, a skirt made by Irena Pivka, a deka, a poster from Huong Ngo, a song by Tožibabe, a video of my parents, relax.exe (projection), a chair, a table, a text by Jasmina Založnik, a soundpiece by Brane Zorman, a plant, another plant, another chair, plaster board, text on code and emotions (poster), Iloveyou.exe (copies). What language does it speak?

The exhibition was developed in collaboration with Maja Delak, Mojca Krisch, Huong Ngo, Irena Pivka, Brane Zorman. Thanks to: Milena Gros, Chantal van Mourik, Brida, Martina Ruhsam, Sunčan Stone, Igor Štromajer, Jana Wilcoxen, Jerneja Žganec Gros and Aleš Mihelič – Alpineon razvoj in raziskave, d.o.o

Some thoughts on the preparation of this exhibition here. (#boris groys #miltos manetas #jill magid)


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Kaj misliš s tem? / What do you mean? – sound piece

Sound piece after : On April 17th 2014 there was a performance Kaj misliš s tem? / What do you mean? at Kult3000, Metelkova, Ljubljana, with Annie Abrahams, Martina Rusham, Jana Wilcoxen and Chantal van Mourik.

Annie, Jana, Chantal and Martina wrote text, using only their mothertongue, about their experience of living in a country where they couldn’t speak their monthertongue and had to learn a new language. They used a shared textpad. They translated their text phrase by phrase via Google in Slovenian. The Slovenian text was fed to Alpineon’s TTS software made by Proteus and diffused live to the performance public. Brane Zorman recorded this sound.

Yet another translation into English gave a poem called You have to accept (a FEW times). New language that you can find here.

The soundpiece was presented in the exhibition Mie lahkoo pomagate ? (can you help me ?) from 21 October to 7 November 2014 in Aksioma Project Space, in Ljubljana. Production CONA.

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… howls into the space of the in-between …

Jasmina Založnik wrote an interesting text about “my work”. Printed and plastified it figures in my show Mie Lahkoo Pomagate (can you help me) , 21 October – 7 November 2014, Aksioma Project Space, Ljubljana.

Opening up a new zone for what was formerly called net art

“In the time satiated with hyperconnections, transformations of individual into dividual, and dispersed scenarios, which we skilfully manoeuvre through to pick out appropriate masks from a pool of supply, vulnerability appears to be crucial. It suggests a crisis of a certain diagram of sensitivity. And thus a multitude of its modes of expression and cartographies of meaning. As stated by Suely Rolnik*, refusal to be vulnerable stifles the desire to create and produces feelings of humiliation and shame that block vital processes. And this, of course, suggests that today the thematisation of encounter, chance, and responding to other beings is taking on also new dimensions. And precisely these dimensions are again and again, or better more and more, cropping out in Annie Abrahams’ work. It is not only about repeating the learned, fixed patterns of behaviour, even less so about an attempt to repeat. Rather, it can be perceived as a silent but distinct voice about potentiality – about diversions of our attention, our readiness to surrender, uncover, and know the potentiality of our behaviour and reactions. To overcome the established, prearranged models, we have to allow difference to step in. We have to see our own vulnerability, reveal the weakness, which seems to be more and more supressed, repressed … Take a step back, only to take a leap into the undefined, unknown, and unfamiliar. The world isn’t shaped – it is in the process of being shaped. In a process we enter as active participants. Indefiniteness, gapped with unfamiliarity, is perhaps scary, but at the same time endlessly exciting. The unfamiliarity of our own future. The unfamiliarity of any new and old relation. Instead of fearing or repeating them, the artist invites us to enter relations and situations attentively, to be able to discover and perceive new dimensions of potentiality. The beauty of an encounter, which is always hesitant, always open. It is an invitation.

Open structures and an invitation to enter. The artist’s work can thus be understood as “hacking”. An opening up of a new zone for what was formerly called net art. Which is now no longer caught in the virtual world and no longer investigates its impressions on reality, but howls into the space of the in-between, the real / the virtual, the past / the present. It calls for responsible, attentive, perceptive entering, reading, acting, reacting. Also when we are witnessing a past event, when we interpret materials, when we combine, connect, and “understand” them.”

Jasmina Založnik, July 2014 .pdf of original Slovene text

* – no English page available.

Forget about post internet, about new aethetics and any other nomination; we are always in-between” (AA 20/10/2014)

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