net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

Un lit en pierre, des pierres qui deviennent des lits.

Design graphique: Traduttore, traditore

Depuis le mois de mars j’ai travaillé avec plaisir à un commissariat d’exposition pour le projet Labo_Démo du Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles|Paris.
Avec les deux autres commissaires, Clément Faydit & Rozenn Voyer du collectif Traduttore, traditore, nous avons sélectionné six artistes avec qui nous avons travaillé six fois en ligne. Puis nous avons résidé une semaine toustes ensemble à la Cômerie à Marseille. La mise en place de l’exposition/installation au Centre de Danse du Marais (très atypique) se fera également collectivement.
Le processus de cet aventure, plein de belles surprises et de la poésie, mais aussi avec son lot d’obstacles et de malentendus est décrit dans une édition spéciale, disponible sur place.
Merci à Axel Durand, Marrion Lissarrague, Duc-Thuan Nguyen, Clyde Lepage, Natalie Malisse et Zélie Péguillan.

Dossier de presse. 11 pages, 17MB.

Vernissage avec ponctuations performatives, 41 rue du Temple 75004 Paris.

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podcast B E A U T Y

Interviewed by Derek Piotr for his podcast on BEAUTY (oh nooo).


I choose to present a strange mix of work by friends: #Utterings, Azure Carter, Alan Sondheim, Jan de Weille, HomemMadeira with Constança Carvalho Homem, Michael Baird, Curt Cloninger and Derek himself.

A nice interview with Derek on his upcoming record, Making and Then Unmaking, releasing 14 May 2021:

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Sadly Waterwheel, the wonderful platform for streaming dedicated to water, isn’t streaming any more. For their last event Water Works! I selected three entries to a call about :
– how WATER WORKS despite climate change, financial crises, war, and global environmental damage
– how art, science, design, and activism can reinstate the social, cultural and environmental value of water
– how we can give recognition to the indispensable and invaluable ways that water works

Here they are:

There’s an Invisible Place far away by Mikko Lipiäinen.
This video is a dramatization of the editing history of a Wikipedia article ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ which describes the phenomenon of discarted plastics accumulation in the North Pacific Ocean.
Anyone interested in the humanity and dynamics of collaborating, sharing and producing knowledge should watch this video in its full 24 min eloquence.

Wash Up  by James Cunningham. Direct link :
One hand, one video, cut in two, two hands, two videos, one inversed, both mirrored => one kitchen sink, four hands dancing. Four hands dancing.

L’amour que rien by Antoine Moreau.
I don’t know if this is an ode to love, a warning or an incitation to open the eyes and to stop to turn turn turn.

On Waterwheel you can still browse through almost five years of experimenting on a free platform for the awareness, celebration, care & accessibility of water everywhere. Thanks Suzon.  Sad.

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08/04 – 15/04  Annie Abrahams

WEBSYNradio :
Un atelier de la revue Droit de Cités et une radio proposée par Dominique Balaÿ.
A workshop for the review Droit de Cités and a radio program hosted by Dominique Balaÿ.

Chaque semaine un artiste propose une intervention inédite avec une playliste empruntant largement – mais pas exclusivement – aux flux d’archives disponibles sur

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removal – double bind

I already watched Robin Nicolas‘s video removal several times since he made a .mov version available on they became what they beheld. Now you can also watch a fullscreen version on vimeo. It’s simply  beautifull.

Removal – deletion, suppression, cleaning, disappearance, withdrawal, ablation, expulsion, transfer, liquidation, remotion, clearance, elimination, eradication, purge, riddance, dismissal – The deconstruction of space in response to the release of voice

Start : I don’t know if you are with me, if you hear me, if ……………..hello can you hear me?……………….End : Mrs Robinson, do you hear me? Can you hear me? Are you reading my lips? Can you hear me? What are you doing? Why are you looking out of the window? I am trying to talk to you. I need you to hear me. And that was it. She just turns her head and starts looking out of the window, and that’s the end of my story, there is nothing else left. That is it. End of  story.

Removal is the video version of  Robins’ participation in the  Double Bind webperformance series of 2008 – 2009.

As a biologist I learned Double Bind to be a situation with no exit, whatever one chooses one looses, and this leads to illogical, inhibited, ambivalent and misplaced behaviour. Double Bind is the result of conflicting cues about a particular situation. An animal that cannot decide between attack and flight is going to eat or scratch.
Does double bind describe our actual relation to technology?

I asked 6 artists to reflect on this and to propose a performance in the double webcam performance series on

Surveiller Punir "Double Contraintes Foucault"Surveiller Punir “Double Contraintes Foucault” Pascal Lièvre reads a page of Foucault’s Discipline and Punish / Surveiller Punir, while attached to his friend Mathieu, who reads the same page. Their “échec” to read together in the same pace shows us the limitations of the machine power? Vidéo

Bras de tête et Tête de fer K.Kliniques, Justine Abittan et Caroline Delieutraz. They sing, cry, whisper their disconcerting foolishness while they try to be in one and the same space where there is not enough room for two, ignoring the empty space just besides.

julien plus agnèsPuzzled Julien Lassort, assisted by Agnès de Cayeux, shows a clown, a Pierrot, sensible, twofold, man and woman: robotised. Pierrots are generally know for their sadness and trusting naïveté, their oblivion to reality and their distant and moonstruck character.

renee turnerPostcards from her desktop Renee Turner cites Derrida : “I would like to write you so simply, so simply, so simply.”  Two simultaneous streams, a  RSS and  a mix of real-time transcription and pre-written material defied the transparent one to one relation between experience and language.

jean françois blanquetAuto/Hetero Jean-François Blanquet presents  two  heteronymes: jeanfrançois blanquet using his computer to find a job and  TITsANUS using his for fun. In the end the alternating presence of both of them seems to drive their author and the machines crazy.

The  Double Bind webperformance series of 2008 – 2009  was a follow-up of the Breaking Solitude series of 2007 – 2008 .

ps I am reading Double Bond the biography of Primo Levi by Carole Angier. “Something one cannot understand constitutes a painful void, a sting, a permanent stimulus that insists on being satisfied” Primo Levi, 1960.


“Between November 2006 and February 2008 I organized with two seasons of rendezvous on the web called “Breaking Solitude”, “different ways of being together”. 14 Artists accepted to do a performance in the experimental situation created in the virtual salon of panoplie.
Some features, such as time limits (between 5 and 20 minutes) and a refusal to pod cast the performances related these events to traditional contemporary art performances. Others like the participation of the public using a chat window made them to a new experience for both the artist and the public.
The performing artist was confronted to the brute and often emotional reactions of his public, which were not always as respectful as in art centres, museums and galleries.
The participating audience had the privilege to assist in a performance, to see and hear a person during an act of creation without having to subject to the social rites of the art world. The only thing that remains from the performance is its immediate feedback, the text written by the audience. (Archives have been destroyed – article « Breaking Solitude », dernier salon (du Net) où l’on cause  sur Poptronics – announcement on nt2 UQAM.

In this new season Breaking Solitude becomes Double Bind.

Is our relation to the computer and internet double bind, bound, bond?
I am your friend but you will never know me?
Remote presence, ubiquity, multiple personality, absence of the body? Does this make us schizophrenic? How do we adapt?”

Annie Abrahams September 2008.

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InstantS de Chester Katovic

Mercredi 10 Décembre 2008 / 14h36 :

– Putain ! Mais vous êtes qui ?
– “Vous êtes les derniers. Nous sommes les premiers.”
– Comment ça les derniers ?
– Chester, ça veut dire qu’il n’y a plus un chat sur la planète !!?
– “Si. Des chats, il y en a encore.”

Du 25 nov. au 24 déc. Chester Katovic occupe les InstantS de

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Double Bind web performances

15 December 20h30 Paris time web performance in the Double Bind series of

Renee Turner presents
Postcards from my desktop

“I would like to write you so simply, so simply, so simply.” **
Jacques Derrida, “The Postcard: From Socrates to Freud and Beyond.”

Postcards from my desktop is a performance mixing RSS news feeds and simultaneous transcription.  Sending snippets of communiqués across the ether, the work plays with interpretation, point of view and the imperfections of streaming technology.
Seeing the desktop as an exotic place where the world converges through RSS, the performance explores the limits of translation, immediacy and communication.

A video of this performance

Renée Turner writes digital narratives and has been a member of De Geuzen: a foundation for multi-visual research since 1996.  Her work can be viewed at and

Double Bind is initiated and organised by Annie Abrahams.

Surveiller Punir "Double Contraintes Foucault"Oct. 20th.  Pascal Lièvre: Surveiller Punir “Double Contraintes Foucault” Vidéo

Nov. 17th.  K.Kliniques, Justine Abittan et Caroline Delieutraz : “Bras de tête et Tête de fer

julien plus agnès
Dec. 1st.  Julien Lassort : “Puzzled” Avec l’assistance d’Agnès de Cayeux.

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ut ut ut Utterings with Curt Cloninger, Nerina Cocchi, Constança Carvalho Homem and Daniel Pinheiro. 24/03 14h workshop EICAS Deventer.

Constallationsss with Alice Lenay, Pascale Barret, Alix Desaubliaux et occasionellement Gwendoline Samidoust et Carin Klonowski.

Distant Movements with Muriel Piqué and Daniel Pinheiro.

(E)stranger. Research on What language does to you or not.

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