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Annie Abrahams

Performing Alchorithms – IUR

Recently I posted a short article Performing Alchorithms? on the website of the Institute of Unnecessary Research* founded by Anna Dumitriu in 2004.

In the article I explain the background of the invitation to participate in a private Alcho performing session. Alcho = Performing Alchorithms = Sharing processes through evolving protocols.

In Alcho** Annie Abrahams asks: Is it possible to create an algorithm that includes human behaviour, that evolves over time and in the process integrates aspects of the personalities of all the participating individuals? Because there are humans involved Annie thinks the project will probably turn out to be an erratic, iterative, evolving, experiential happening.

While at the start I was interested in the evolving of a performance when treated as an algorithm executed by humans, this interest later moved to the written traces; to the written instruction sets, as markers of the evolving Alcho processed through humans by writing and performing.

Choreography/algorithm by Naoto Hieda*** after Alcho performance during the Alchorisma**** platform presentation 01/07/21

Do you also want to experience Alcho? Contact me privately and I will also perform for you.

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* The Institute of Unnecessary Research, or IUR as it is often known, presents a new paradigm in the way artists are engaging with the world through trans-disciplinary arts practices. Part arts collective, part think tank, the IUR is a global hub for researchers and artists working experimentally, and deeply engaged with curiosity-driven research.

** Alcho has originally been developped with RYBN during Alchorisma: a work-session organised by Z33 and Constant in December 2018.

*** Naoto Hieda lately wrote about Best Practices in Contemporary Dance a queer form of conversation between technology and bodies.

**** Alchorisma alludes to the relationships between algorithms, charisma, rhythm, alchemy and karma. It looks at integrating cosmogenetic views with the charisma surrounding technology, at ways to infect existing algorithmic models with ideologies that acknowledge the importance of co-existence with non-human entities.

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An Experience of Angry Women

An Experience of Angry Women (published on the Magdalena website and on the festival website) is the text Shelly Quick wrote about her experience of participating in my workshop Angry Women and the subsequent performing at the Bodies:On:Live Festival. I am very happy with her feedback. Thank you Shelly!

… Kind of like sticking a sliver under the audience’s skin, giving them something to worry at for some time to come…

…Performing in Angry Women doesn’t/didn’t solve anything, and that, as one of my co-performers pointed out, wasn’t really the point. It has changed something though, at least for me…

...I wanted to be involved in this festival: I wanted to see what could be done with theatre online. What could be done by women, many of them of a certain age, non-digital natives, who were daring to say, “We will not be silenced by these circumstances, we will find a way to keep putting our work out there. Our work is important and deserves this attention.”…

More information on the Angry Women (2011 – ongoing) project here.

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A conversation with Naoto.

I love the way the experimental conversation (interactive, generative) for which Naoto Hieda invited me evolves. He uses keywords and hashtags in what looks like a simple hypertext structure, but actually is based on code and javascript.

We started with #anders, #contrainte and #error.
The conversation is ongoing. memoires.glitch.me

This is an image Naoto made after I had send him a photo and a short story.The photo made him think of something romantic, maybe a Monet image. He wrote: “Then I thought about generating an image using an algorithmic model but I stopped because I hate AI generated images. They lack imagination. Instead I made a small program to generate another reality of the photo, which doesn’t look like Monet but it is some thing.” And he also send a link to the code he used: https://editor.p5js.org/micuat/sketches/alaRE_uCJ

#youth #glitch #nature #language #performance #danger #other #different #diagram #posthuman

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𝒴: Ecology of Attention

Attentionsss An online textual session by Constallationsss
A methodological and theoretical attunement of the evening

12/07/2021 18h30 – 23h
DIVADLO X10 Charvátova 10/39, Praha 1, 110 00
𝗖𝗼-𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: Nultý bod – Zero point festival, Montag Modus – Y-Events series

Photos Libor Galia (c) @Nultý bod a Y Events

A reariting of extracts from Yves Citton’s “The Ecology of Attention”.
Anarchives (Notes, video, images)

“The third characteristic phenomenon of joint attention situations is therefore to be found in the IMPROVISATION PRACTICES that they necessarily call for: showing yourself to be attentive to the attention of the other requires learning to get out of pre-programmed routines, so you can open yourself to the risks (and techniques) of improvisation. Everyone knows how to improvise, because everyone has learned to participate in a conversation – where no one knows in advance what their interlocutors are going to say.”
Extract from The Ecology of Attention, Yves Citton, 2017 ISBN: 978-1-509-50373-5

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“Alcho” a performative algorithm

July 1 19:30-21 CEST presentation by Annie Abrahams of Alcho a performative algorithm as part of the launch of the collective publication of Alchorisma.

Z33 and Constant invite you to this launch.
There will be three live interventions customized to the setting of the launch. Anne-Laure Buisson will present the Celtic Map of Trees, Annie Abrahams will present Alcho and there will be one surprise act!

If you missed the performance of Alcho and are interested, please read the meta-instructions and contact me privately to get a re-enactment.

My question: “Is it possible to create an algorithm that includes human behaviour, that evolves over time and in the process integrates aspects of the personalities of all the participating individuals?”
Because there are humans involved I thinks the project will probably turn out to be an erratic, iterative, evolving, experiential happening. I am interested in the written traces; in the written instruction sets, as markers of the evolving ‘Alcho’ processed through humans by writing and performing.

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Angry Women 2021

Angry Women 2021: two different 15 minute multilingual improvisational online performance on anger, with a Q&A at the end.

Friday June 25th 17h30 Info.
Performance with: Alice Lenay, Amaranta Osorio, Anja Borowicz, Christine Develotte, Colette Tron, Emmanuelle Gibello, Eugenia Cano, Jo Morrison, Karla Ptacek, Mansi Thapliyal, monica de ioanni, Sylvie Roques

Saturday June 26 20h00 Info.
Performance with: Amaranta Osorio, Anja Borowicz, Emmanuelle Gibello, Mansi Thapliyal, Sarah Hart, Shelly Quick, Susie Lamb

Angry Women is an artistic research project started in 2011:
*on remote communication and collaboration using anger as a pretext
*on female anger using webcam performances as a facilitator

The performance has been be prepared in a 90 min workshop a few days before. A “choir” full of individual voices and actions where there is room for solos, duos and silence, where group dynamics will be as important as the revelation of female anger and irritations. No rehearsals, but risks and trust and attention.

Bodies:On:Live – Magdalena:On:Line 2021,
the first Online Magdalena Festival, from 24 – 27 June 2021

Bodies:On:Live is affiliated with The Magdalena Project, a dynamic, intergenerational and cross-cultural network for women in contemporary theatre and performance. In 35+ years of activities, there have been over 100 Magdalena festivals and gatherings in more than 20 countries.

Angry Women #1 https://youtu.be/rxKUsb_fnEM
Angry Women #2 https://youtu.be/kgjDf1lf6yw

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ELO 2021 Utterings

Utterings Performance: Supra Semiotics. 30 min.
May 25th 2021 20h Paris time.
Attunement: https://jaapblonk.bandcamp.com/album/antonin-artaud-by-jaap-blonk

from 3 min. on

Utterings Panel: Toward a Supra-Semiotic Telepresent Communication.
May 26th 2021 14h30 Paris time.
Members of our group will collectively discuss what we have pragmatically learned and experienced in our performance research thus far. During the panel we make a writing pad available, where the audience can collectively read and write their thoughts on utterings as a communication form. Utterings will join and continue the discussion on the writing pad in the last part of the panel.

panel starts at 5 min.

Utterings is a networked performance and research group whose members gather online and, while blindfolded, engage in utterings as communication. We want to create an on the fly “new” language, that forwards attention, trust and feelings, above rationality. Put another way, we seek to develop a shared, experiential, supra-semiotic form of communication based on our ongoing performance history with each other. Michael Bakhtin’s concept of the “utterance event” as a node of intersection between lived, present-tense communication and atemporal, semiotic meaning has informed our research. Over the past year, we have enacted eight performances online “at” festivals “in” Nantes (France), Birmingham (UK), Linz (Austria), and London (UK).

Info and updates: https://utterings.hotglue.me/?elo

Utterings | Breathing. COVID E-lit exhibition. May 1st 2021 Opening.

ELO 2021 Conference and Festival: Platform (Post?) Pandemic
Workshops: 24-25 May, main conference 26-28 May 2021.

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4/11/18/04 Workshops We’re All Bats – utterings

Utterings on We’re All Bats Listening Arts Channel

04/04 2021 Weaving Triggers
11/04 2021 ! {Tricks & Habits}
18/04 2021 Patatuning
5.00 – 6.30 pm UTC, workshop. Limited to 6 participants.
or join us for the performance
6.30 – 7.00 pm UTC. Free access to all.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me. More info.

Participants are invited to join, during 90 minutes, the members of the group in order to explore together dynamics of listening and improvising through voiced sound(s) as a means to weave a web of interrelated expressions in a communication system. The workshops will be guided and each one culminating in a 30minute public performance

Utterings is a networked performance and research group. Engaging in utterings as communication, they build on solo’s, duo’s, chorals and silence while blindfolded and connected at a distance, attempting to go beyond borders and closures created by language.

UTTERINGS is a networked performance and research group composed of Annie Abrahams (FR), Daniel Pinheiro (PT), Constança Carvalho Homem (PT), Curt Cloninger (US), Nerina Cocchi (BE) and Derek Piotr (US).

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utterings workshop and performances

https://utterings.hotglue.me/

April 4 Weaving Triggers
April 11 ! {Tricks & Habits}
April 18 Patatuning
5.00 – 6.30 pm UTC, workshop
6.30 – 7.00 pm UTC, performance
The guided workshop will culminate in a 30 min performance, open to all.

Are you interested to join us in the workshop?
Please book asap on the We’re All Batts website here.
Places for the workshop are limited to 6.
Participation is free.
Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me.

Filed under: networked performance, Performance, research, sound piece

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.

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