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Annie Abrahams

Politics of Performance and Play

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Thursday July 7 2016  14h15.
Lipsius 019,
Cleveringaplaats 1,
Leiden.

Besides, subjectivity is no longer a privileged site for emancipation
Networked performance
Annie Abrahams and Martina Ruhsam

In the frame of The Politics of Performance and Play. Feminist Matters conference, Institute of Philosophy, University of Leiden.
Panel: Performance, Agency and the Posthuman.
Conference programme

‘…if we really engage in storytelling as a sym-poietic practice, which is propositional and invitational, then we have a chance for re-worlding. Play always involves the invitation that asks ‘are we a “we”’? A “we” that does not pre-exist the propositional risk and testing.’
(Donna Haraway, 2015)

Martina Ruhsam and Annie Abrahams started the  performance series besides, – on Object Agency in June 2015.
This will be the 5th performance in this series.

“We perform experimenting thinking together using words and things and the affects transferred via our voices. We experiment performing thinking together, We think performing experiments together, We experiment thinking performance, We experiment performing thought together using words and things and the affects transferred via our voices…”

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Workshop Performance Art ‘being with’

Workshop Performance Art
‘being with … performance as research as experiment as tool’
by
Annie Abrahams

6th of July, 2016
14:30-17:00 h
Lipsius K031, Universiteit van Leiden, Cleveringaplaats 1.

Archives : CURIOUS CONVERSATIONS – An orchestra of things, notes by Cissie Fu, walkthrough, photos, scores, mp3, notes by me.

Can we construct, building only on what we are, a radically horizontal performance? Can we, at the same time, research the agency of objects in our relations? Let’s try. Who, what are we? We? Find an object, discover the object, make it exist, don’t talk, observe, write, change, rediscover, We, What is we?, don’t discuss, utter, do, observe, write, change.

In this workshop we will all be, and the conceptors, and the performers and the audience (involved observers). We will formulate and execute, while continuously changing roles, a changing script written by all.

We will work with my interpretation of the reformulation and transmission method used by Deufert&Plischke : our work processes are circular processes of continuously passing on and transmitting materials without discussion. We clearly position these practices as an aesthetic and political alternative to processes based on discussion and consensus.

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photo ©Dina Lucia Weiss

Two unique workshops in cooperation with The Leiden University Institute for Philosophy
LAK cursussen, Universiteit van Leiden.
Costs : € 30 for UL-students and visitors of the conference, € 35 for UL-employees, € 40 for others.

In the context of
The Politics of Performance and Play. Feminist Matters
The Leiden University Institute for Philosophy.
Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July, 2016 Conference.

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besides, compressed … video, script


(©Dina Lucia Weiss)

“We falsely equate the audience with the public instead of always viewing it as separate from the public, as something by means of which we temporarily leave the public outside and rehearse new adventures in how to be together through being separated.”

The first phrase of the performance besides, compressed by communication (On Object Agency), that Martina Ruhsam and I did last Saturday online and Im Flieger* in Vienna, was a citation from Bojana Kunst’s book Artist at Work. The last phrase was a variation on Hito Steyerl’s How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File.

Here is the video of the screen recording (35 min) :

The complete text / script where we based the performance on and the logfile of the online chat are available from bram.org/besides

“We perform experimenting thinking together using words and things and the affects transferred via our voices. We experiment performing thinking together, We think performing experiments together, We experiment thinking performance, We experiment performing thought together using words and things and the affects transferred via our voices…” Extract from “besides, what are we doing ?” Notes on the performance series, 03 2016.

* In the frame of Stoffwechsel – Ökologien der Zusammenarbeit.

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besides, compressed by communication

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besides, compressed by communication
Performance with Martina Ruhsam
March 19th 20h
Duration 30 – 40 minutes with discussion afterwards

Im_Flieger,
Im_flieger@Schokoladenfabrik, Gaudenzdorfergürtel 43–45/4. Stock/4C, 1120 Wien (U4 Margaretengürtel) >> map
Pay as you wish

To assist online go to water-wheel.net a little bit before 20h and click ENTER (please be patient, you might have to wait a few minutes before it will be working)

In the frame of Metabolism – Ecologies of collaboration (project & platform).
Stoffwechsel – Ökologien der Zusammenarbeit ist ein transmediales Forschungsprojekt mit unterschiedlich involvierten Künstler_innen und Theoretiker_innen und experimentiert mit strukturellen und künstlerischen Verschränkungen.

Im_Flieger is an Independent Artists’ Association – Platform and Experimental Ground for Dance, Performance and related Art Forms.

A real-time composition in which daily objects interrelate in an interface that usually frames the heads of humans. Annie Abrahams (In Montpellier) and Martina Ruhsam (in Wien) communicate by juxtaposing and resituating objects and by reading a text that is recomposed during the course of the performance. Unexpected links between thing and thing, object and text, image and sound appear. Sometimes the inorganic performers hijack the discussion. Scissors meet a knife which coincides with the word capitalism before being replaced by a little white box that is temporarily allied with anonymity. While matches and a paperbag are visible, a discussion about being post-image takes place, followed by the inorganic pulsations of a plastic nose and a plastic bag. The conversation meanders through unpredictable territories and is disseminated among various human and nonhuman agents.

We perform experimenting thinking together using words and things and the affects transferred via our voices. We experiment performing thinking together using words and things and the affects transferred via our voices. We think performing experiments together, We experiment thinking performance together, We experiment performing thought … citation from besides, what are we doing ? Notes on the performance series, 03 2016, Annie Abrahams

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besides, what are we doing?

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We started out with three very different meetings (See turbulence.org) and then decided to continue to explore one of them further; we restricted ourselves to a theme and made the project on “meeting online =” also a research on the relation between objects/things, text and the voice.
We began experiencing and experimenting the performances as an other method of thinking together about both object agency and online collaboration.

– We stage a collaborative performance project online.
– Meeting online =
– We are meeting online, trying to get more grip on what is actually happening in online webcam communication.
– This is a research project where we use performance as a tool.
– Using performance as a tool, is a way to create a common responsibility.
– We use an interface which doesn’t permit that either of us two can become dominant, an interface that has flaws, glitches, bugs, an interface that cannot be domesticated.
– We are not developing a performance – our performances are part of a research process.
My performances are a research tool, not an object ansich, not something to show off. (See allergic-to-utopias)

But the audience? Why should they be interested, What is it for them? They can think with us!

So far :
besides, the person I am becoming 1/06 2015
There are :
the interface : two webcam images side by side, one managed by Martina, one by Annie. Both images have exactly the same size and presence there is no power relation.
– a text
: a remix, done together, of phrases read and heard, collected over one month by Annie and Martina individually. We determined before who would read what part of the text.
objects : things : we will not use personal objects, things with a very specific personal history and they should not be too beautiful, as ordinary, casual, daily as possible.
What did we mean by that, why? We didn’t want things to be symbols. We almost entirely excluded also natural objects as flowers, leafs etc., because, they are already alive on their own and so are too symbolically loaded too.
The objects were placed in front of the webcam at before undetermined intervals.
the hands : hands who lay down the objects carefully.
two voices : as neutral as possible. Because the interface merges the sound of both webcams in one stream, there is no way for the audience to distinguish if a voice comes from the one or from the other webcam. They can only hear that there are two different voices, there is a dialogue.

What dialogue? Who is talking to who, who is addressed? Who receives? The objects replace the faces we are used to see in webcam images. We see them in close up – they become actors – we can believe them to be intimate, to have a relation. They too have a / are in dialogue. They too are elements being in the event. (1)

This is where the two subjects meet. This is where we meet.

In besides, the city is not a tree, 22/07 2015 we used a different, more narrative, mix of the same text collection. We decided to abandon the neutral voice and let the exchange be more natural allowing for affect to transpire (2). We speeded the rhythm and alternations.
Hands should be just careful installers, shouldn’t manipulate, nor stay too long in the frame.
For besides, smaller than a single pixel 28/11 2015 we made a new text collection. No natural objects at all were allowed anymore. Would the perceived agency of the thing change if we would enter and exit them at specific moments in the text? If we stopped talking while changing the objects? Would the objects become more present, have more influence if we allowed for moments without text?
We stayed with speaking the text in an ordinary manner. Would the dialogue be more fluent if we decided to use the texts fragments randomly? Would that give more dialogical power to our voices and rhythm? Would that help us to use text and objects equally in our perform thinking experience?

We perform experimenting thinking together using words and things and the affects transferred via our voices. We experiment performing thinking together using words and things and the affects transferred via our voices. We think performing experiments together, We experiment thinking performance together, We experiment performing thought …

(1) “According to Bakhtin, in order to ‘overcome’ the separation and opposition between art and life, between art and culture, the elaboration of a ‘first philosophy’ is required: The philosophy of event-being. Art and life cannot and must not tend towards identification, as was the case with the Situationists, for example. But, in order that the enriching, excessive and productive difference between art and life be able to express itself, it is necessary to possess a theory which, whilst maintaining the irreducible differences between these two dimensions, articulates them in the achievement of the event.” Maurizio Lazzarato in Dialogism and Polyphony. geocities.ws/immateriallabour/lazzarato-dialogism-and-polyphony.html
(2) “According to Bakhtin, the voice or intonation, not yet captured in the ‘phonetic abstraction’ of language, is always produced ‘on the threshold of the verbal and the non-verbal, the said and the non-said’ and it is through it that it addresses itself to the other. This address is affective and ethico-political rather than linguistic. It ‘appropriates, travels, avails itself of linguistic and semiotic elements, confirms and drifts away, critiques and legitimates meanings and established intonations’. ……………It is only when the voice penetrates and appropriates words and statements that the latter loose their linguistic potentiality and turn into actualised expression. It is only at that moment that words and statements are encumbered with the a unique and non reproducible role in verbal exchange.” Maurizio Lazzarato generation-online.org/p/fp_lazzarato6.htm

Notes on performance series besides, with Martina Ruhsam, 03 2016, Annie Abrahams

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unaussprechbarlich

A bulb, alleine mit die Sprache, immer die Sprache, Sprache im Kopf …

Kein …. recul, keine Ablösung
Die Konzentration
Gabel, Messer und Vogel
Gabel, Messer und Vogel
Eendjes op het water. Alles kan verdwijnen.
Kein Anker, Geister…

From October 31 till December 23rd 2015 I have been living in Villa Waldberta (Feldafing, Germany). In this period I worked with Helen Varley Jamieson on a project called unaussprechbarlich. We researched the difficulties and joys of communicating in a language that’s not our mothertongue: German.
Information for the performance we wanted to develop was accumulated on unaussprechbarlich.tumblr.com. Anecdotes, academic reflexions, personal stories, literature, artworks, text, text text.

After a try out at Villa Waldberta we did performances in Schwere-Reiter‘s Probaraum (December 4rd) and in Lothringer13‘s Rroom (December 9th).

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More images: flickr.com/photos/bramorg/sets/72157662022985469

Helen was sitting at a table where she had two computers, two videoprojectors, a webcam, books and writing material. I was sitting amidst the public. The public heard Helen teaching herself German swearwords (Arschloch, Bergaufbremser) using an online guide to pronounciation (forvo.de). After 5 minutes I started singing Vader Jacob. followed by a personal story (in German) about my experiences with language learning. In the mean time Helen wrote German words related to the news on a paper by hand. This was projected. After my story I went to the microphone and read excerpts of Julia Kristeva’s book Etrangers à nous-mêmes in French. Helen transcribed this text in German in an online translation window, that was projected. The public read the text and the English translation at the same time. When finished Helen started to correct the text. I yelled: a loud cry. Helen continued, I went to a corner, turned my back to the public and started singing a definition of monolinguism ….

This describes the first 20 minutes. If you want to know more here are the Performance Script and Wall Texts in a .pdf.

Here is feedback on the third performance by Christina Maria Pfeifer.

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placelessness

Invited by Lisa Parra for the preparation of Land Project: Placelessness,  I participated in an online performance experiment on the  30th of October 2015.

Placelessness is the result of a residency of Lisa and Daniel Pinheiro at CAAA – Centre for Art and Architecture Affairs, in Guimarães (Portugal).

Are you here? Yes, I think so.

We had a very moving 6 minutes of “distanced feeling” :

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Follow-up : Distant Feeling(s) with Lisa Parra and Daniel Pinheiro.

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Performance unaussprechbarlich Schwere Reiter.

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Dezember 4 20h Schwere Reiter Proberaum, Dachauer Straße 114, München.
Tram 12, 20, 21, Bus 53, Leonrodplatz. Eintrit 12 / 8 euros.

Unausprechbarlich untersucht die schmerzvolle, lustige und lebensverändernde Erfahrung in einer anderen Sprache als die eigene Muttersprache zu kommunizieren.
Die Künstlerinnen sind beide Migrantinnen – Annie reiste vor dreißig Jahren von Holland nach Frankreich und Helen kam im 2010 von Neuseeland nach Deutschland.

Annie und Helen laden das Publikum ein, mit ihnen in ein Sprachgewirr jenseits eindeutiger Bedeutungen einzutauchen, das eine Welt erscheinen läßt, die unser aller Nomadenhaftigkeit sinnfällig macht.

Danach gibt es jeweils zusätzlich eine musikalisches Angebot eines aktuellen Villa-Waldberta-Stipendiaten aus Polen in der interaktiven Veranstaltungsreihe Matchpoint mit Franciszek Araskiewicz.

Wir sind Dankbar für die Unterstützung von: Landeshauptstadt München Kulturreferat; Künstlerhaus Villa Waldberta; Doku e.V; Schwere Reiter Theater; Lothringer13 Halle; Reading Club.
Die performance ist ein Unterteil von unaussprechbarlich; ein Forschungsprojekt, eine Website und eine Performanceserie. Externer Berater : Horst Konietzny
unaussprechbarlich.tumblr.com

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besides, smaller than a single pixel – pixxelpoint performance

November 28th 2015 18h30
besides, smaller than a single pixel,
networked performance
Martina Ruhsam and Annie Abrahams
pixxelpoint 2015 festival, Nova Gorica (Slo), Gorizia (I)
Curator: Igor Stromajer

You can assist in Nova Gorica or online in Waterwheel
(please come a bit early because the streaming interface needs time to load – upto 3min.)

Martina will be streaming live from the Nova Gorica City Gallery in Slovenia and Annie from Villa Waldberta in Feldafing, Germany.

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besides, smaller than a single pixel is a real-time composition in which daily objects interrelate in an interface that usually frames the heads of humans. Annie Abrahams and Martina Ruhsam communicate by juxtaposing and restituating objects and by reading a text that is recomposed during the course of the performance. Unexpected links between thing and thing, object and text, image and sound appear. Sometimes the inorganic performers hijack the discussion. Scissors meet a knife which coincides with the word capitalism before being replaced by a little white box that is temporarily allied with anonymity. While matches and a paperbag are juxtaposed, a discussion about being post-image takes place that is followed by inorganic pulsations. The conversation meanders through unpredictable territories and is disseminated among various human and nonhuman agents.
– text / script of the performance already available before .pdf
log of tchat during the performance.
– screencaptured video archive

Before the performance at 5PM Martina gave a lecture The It As Actant in the Nova Gorica City Gallery. Here is the .pdf of this lecture.

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Faites quelque chose ! – Performance

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Samedi 24 MAI 20h
THÉÂTRE LES ATELIERS, LYON
Festival LadyBug, Le Lavoir Public

Faites quelque chose!
Performance avec le public de Annie Abrahams.
Rien ne se passera si vous ne faîtes rien!
Assistance Maëva Croissant.
Avec un extrait de “Conceiving Ada” de Lynn Hershman Leeson.
Et mosaika.tv dans le rôle du surveillant.
Autres rôles : gardien(ne) du temps, capteur d’images, chroniqueuse, dataspécialiste/portraitiste du public, surveillant, contrôleureuse de bonne volonté, enregistreureuse son, observateurs concerné(e)s.

le protocole de la performance : .pdf
le texte sur Ada Lovelace à lire devant un micro .pdf
4 pages des compliments pour le public, pour l’autre .pdf
texte toucher à lire si …. .pdf

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34 dessins, images, photos (faites par Sonia Paço-Rocchia) sur flickr
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Upcoming

* 18/06 2017 11h. Talk Networked performance art and engagement - What is and Why Agency Art? Internet, Arte y Compromiso, Centre Culturel Puertas de Castilla (Murcia).
* 19/06 2017 20h30. Une pratique du texte numérique qui dévoile. Invitation Yan Rucar, Centre culturel international de Cerisy-la-Salle.
* 21/07 10PM Performance Ours Lingages, ELO 2017, Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória, Porto.

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