net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

wishes / voeux – hypertext now


Yesterday Oliwia Blawat included my piece wishes / voeux from 1999 in her space for hypertext based art. (thanks Oliwia)
She writes on her research :  In my opinion hypertext is a complex structure built from nodes connected by hyperlinks that can be both textual and visual.It is a basic element of www and also of net art works (but not all of them). Hypertext consists in multiple number of links, it is only a framework that can exist both with data and without. The biggest problem of hypertext is that in the presence of complicated structure the content becomes less important and sometimes hypertext is difficult to read because the frame takes over data.


“The frame takes over the data?” and content becomes less important? Maybe that’s the way you can look at it now but at the time all was data, and all was content. It was often exactly the way content and form intertwined that made a lot of us interested in creating hypertext. (I remember for instance having the impression that I could finally experiment with representing “thought”.)
Also in new browsers some content became simply invisible  : onmouseover=”self.status=’to start over again without continually facing the humiliations of prejudice’; return true”,  ‘popups’ are often not allowed and hypertext on cellphones simply isn’t ergonomic. It’s not the same anymore. In 1999 we thought about human beings on the other side of the network, now we think in terms of information, likes and data flows.

In Dec. 2009 in Artistic Textual and Performative Paths in New Media Correlations: An Interview with Annie Abrahams by Evelin Stermitz, published in Hz #14, I talked about my first experiment in collectif writing like this :

 This first collective writing project was a collection of wishes, that I proposed to “stocker, déposer, entreposer, deposit, lodge, gardienage, mise en forme, entretien, surveillance, keeping, conservation, maintenance, caring, storage, stock, shaping”. Some of these wishes were chosen to be html-ized either by me or by other volunteering net artists like [anachroma], Takuji Kogo, Tiia Johannson, Christophe Desgouttes, Elise Lefevre, Ted Warnel, Mildred Pierce or Tamara Lai. As html-izing at the time was writing code, this htm-lizing was the second writing layer of the project. A third existed in the possibility to write a personal email, unseen by the others, to an unknown wishing person.

Detail of the complete collection of wishes / voeux, presented as a digital print 148cm x 148 cm in Training for a Better World, exposition CRAC LR, Sète. 28/10/2011 – 01/01/2012.

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ReadingClub – unaussprechbarlich

Ein online kollektives Schreibexperiment über
Die Schwierigkeiten und Freuden von Deutschlernen
Igor Stromajer, Sandra Sarala, Helen Varley Jamieson und Annie Abrahams.

Das Publikum kann dieses poetische Battle live anschauen und kommentieren.
Klicken Sie bitte am 21. November ein bisschen vor 21 Uhr auf das Websitelink

Im Rahmen von Unaussprechbarlich, einem Forschungsprojekt, einer Website und einer Performanceserie von Annie Abrahams und Helen Varley Jamieson, wo die Künstlerinnen die eigene Dynamik von Sprachen erforschen und der Frage nachgehen, wie stark das, was wir unsere Kultur nennen, durch die Sprache geprägt ist.

Unaussprechbarlich wird ermöglicht durch eine Residenz in der Villa Walberta und die Unterstützung des Kulturreferats der LH München. Externer Berater : Horst Konietzny.

You can join us in the ethereal weirdness of our non-native finger-activated tongues” Sandra Sarala

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ReadingClub – Potential ?

Conclusion? Potentiel? ReadingClub?

– FR L’interface du ReadingClub n’est pas apte au développement d’un contenu, à faire co-écrire un texte. Par contre il facilite des courtes batailles où les idées frappent et reçoivent et obtiennent une résilience ou pas et permet des expérimentations des formes poétiques aux esprits vagabonds, à un cerveau multiple. AA. Août 2015.

– ENG The interface of the ReadingClub is not for developing content, for co-creating a text. But it excels in facilitating short fights where ideas kick, receive and prove resilience, or not and it allows poetical form experiments for wandering minds / for a multiple mind.” AA. August 2015.

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Not Texts.


The Age of Earthquakes – A guide to the Extreme Present by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist “imitates” McLuhan’s approach in The Medium is the Massage and was much criticized because precisely it is a book, that looks back instead of forward – David L. Ulin L.A.Times, and because it’s not serious writing. M.H. Miller goes as far as saying that the authors have no actual skills in his Artnews article called Disaster Writing: New Book By Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist Wreaks Havoc on Original Thought. This resonates with a lot of reactions to my online collaborative writing experiments started in 1999. “The results are not texts.” people said and still say.


I started working online in 1996 because I thought that by using hypertext I could come closer to showing something about what was going on in my brain than by using anything else. My brain isn’t functioning in a linear way, if I don’t constrain it to do so. I loved the concept of the network, of the simultaneously existing parts, the multiple pathways inside, the way I could simulate and imagine a thought hopping through it without controlling where it went. This was new at the time, but we quickly grew accustomed to using the internet in our daily internet lives and aren’t even aware anymore of it’s original power. But in the mean time I saw the appreciation of the lingering mind changing and this book is a voice for its complex character.

But why do I like it as a book? It historizes what otherwise would stay ephemeral – a profile through a possible multiple voice. And of course it remembers me of my own book from estranger to e-stranger – living in between languages, that is constructed in a similar way.

To better understand what the resulting texts of my collaborative online writing experiments “do” I started reading them aloud and using them in performances. Maybe, Martina and I, we could use The Age of Earthquakes as the basic text for one of our upcoming besides, performances.

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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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#ReadingClub #Cona #LaurieAnderson


April 7th 21:00H CET
online Reading Club based on a song text by Laurie Anderson.

Live sound by Brane Zorman (streaming Cona).

With Anna Friz, Canadian sound and radio artist, BridA (Tom Kerševan, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica), Aleksandra Gruden visual artist and Andrej Hrvatin sound recordist and musician.

Produced with Cona institute for contemporary arts processing in Ljubljana.

Archives : (soon also video with sound available)

Want to know a bit more about the project?
Article : In the Reading Club, reading is not unthought Annick Rivoire interviewed Annie Abrahams and Emmanuel Guez about their project, which experiments with an active, participatory, collaborative and performative reading on the Internet.

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ReadingClub – Ce pas qui …

6 mars 2014, 18h30
Le Transistor
La Friche Belle de Mai
Reading Club à partir d’un texte de Luc Dall’Armellina
Ce pas qui nous élève – pour des écritures numériques créatives, un manifeste

Deux sessions de 10 minutes
Lecteurs : public sur place.

Entrée libre sur inscription uniquement
Informations : 04 95 04 96 23
Inscriptions :

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#Ah ! laLAL !… #ReadingClub #Antoine Moreau

Ah ! LaLAL !… Antoine Moreau, samedi 01 / 02, 21h.

copyleftCe mois-ci Antoine Moreau est l’invité du Reading Club pour une session un peu particulière.  Sous le titre AhLaLAL… l’initiateur et co-rédacteur de la Licence Art Libre (LAL) se lance le défi d’une écriture numérique qui croise la précision du droit d’auteur avec “l’inconnu des lectures écrivantes en droit”.

Un seul auteur, qui, espérons-nous, sera alimenté par les questions, réactions et informations du public dans le tchat, écrira pendant une durée indéterminée – le temps qu’il faudra, un article de 4500 caractères maximum. Antoine annoncera sa présence dans l’interface du Reading Club sur twitter : hashtag #AhLaLAL.

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Avatars & ReadingClub

readingPopImage extrait de l’historique Le kmikaze implique la fusion coplète du crps du ReadingClubPop avec Philippe Aigrain, Mathieu Triclot et Sophie Wahnich d’après La Théorie du drone (La Fabrique éditions, 2013) de Grégoire Chamayou, organisé avec poptronics le 21 janvier 2014.

Etaient présents dans le tchat pendant ce ReadingClub :
kamikaze, annie, Emmanuel, petit prince, annick, petite princesse, pascale, parrot, Nobody, nobody, anne, Clausewitz, mao, boeing, anon, adamson, ⓕ., opérateur, cruise missile, Carl Schmitt, Koko, predator, peace drone, nathalie, Tom jewel, NSA, drones united, stalin, AvdK, Rutger kult, smartdrone, CarrefourDrone, amazon, PizzaHutDrone, HeinekenDrone, Le Petit Prince, SoldeDrone, anonymous, Destiny says, Xbox, White house, anonymous drone pilot, oh be AVARE, antomoro, philosophe, NukeDrone, Proudhon, Action needs, Alice, The Military Industrial Complex (MICkey), une voix outre tombe et USAF.

Du beau monde dirais-je. La liste se lit comme une histoire en soi, presque un résumé. Il y a du sérieux au troll, qui lui aussi réagit au discours, y contribue. (voir l’extrait en bas)

Oui, le tchat du Reading Club est un vrai espace public d’écriture, de discussion et de création partagée. Il fonctionne comme une marge à l’écriture officielle qui se fait au centre. C’est à la fois le plateau de discussion (télé ?), la cour de récré et une salle de sport. On y change de nom, comme de point de vu, on y lit le centre, les autres, toujours décalé, parce qu’intercalé, non linéaire.

Extrait du tchat :

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#ReadingClub #Poptronics #Chamayou

21 janvier de 21h à 22h
en ligne
Première session longue du ReadingClub.

A partir d’un extrait de Théorie du drone de Grégoire Chamayou.
Théorie du drone, La Fabrique éditions, 2013

Avec : Philippe AigrainIsabelle Sorente, Mathieu Triclot et Sophie Wahnich.
Conçue et organisée avec Poptronics.
Un excellent article d’annonce de Annick Rivoire sur Poptronics, merci Annick.

N’hésitez pas à vous connecter le 21 janvier à 21h. Vous pourrez ainsi y commenter la lecture/écriture et en discuter avec d’autres visiteurs en ligne.

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  • May 24 – August 2, Séparation in Afterflash exhibition, ELO’s The NEXT.
  • June 23, 16h, online performance workshop Angry Women, @MagdalenaOnlineFest 
  • June 25th 17h30 and June 26 20h Angry Women online performance @MagdalenaOnlineFest 
  • 27/06 13h participation in 6 Writers Be Like BodyObsolete by Suzon Fuks @MagdalenaOnlineFest 
  • 01/07 online Alcho performance in the frame of the presentation of the Alchorisma website.
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