net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

Video Vortex Reader III – Distant Feeling(s)

Video Vortex* Reader III

Edited by Geert Lovink and Andreas Treske

INC reader #14

Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam 2020.

Download it here, as e-pub, pdf or print-on-demand (via Lulu): https://networkcultures.org/blog/publication/video-vortex-reader-iii-inside-the-youtube-decade/

Contributors: Annie Abrahams, Ina Blom, Natalie Bookchin, Pablo deSoto, Ben Grosser, Adnan Hadzi, Judit Kis, Patricia G. Lange, Hang Li, Patrick Lichty, Geert Lovink, Gabriel Menotti, Sabine Niederer, Dan Oki, Aras Ozgun, Daniel Pinheiro, Rahee Punyashloka, Oliver Lenore Schultz, Peter Snowdon, Andreas Treske, Colette Tron, Jack Wilson, Dino Ge Zhang.

A silent, yet sentient, relational encounter, materialized as a telematic embrace where nothing seems to happen and where the lack of apparent action has transformed into the transposition of the concept of agency and a potential way for fighting alienation. …

Distant Feeling(s) highlights in its genesis and continuity the need to feel/sense presence and suggests a pragmatic approach for reshaping a consciousness on kinship resorting to available technological tools which have been transforming its meaning.

Page 185-193. Distant Feeling(s) Annie Abrahams & Daniel Pinheiro.
We describe the genesis and history of this performance series where in an online interface, that normally is used for videoconferencing we spend time together eyes closed and not talking.

* Founded in 2007, Video Vortex is a lively network of artists, activists, coders, curators, critics, and researchers linked by the exchange of ideas, materials, and discussions both online and offline. The first Video Vortex reader came out in 2008, followed by a second in 2011. This third anthology covers the turbulent period from Video Vortex #7 (2013) in Yogyakarta, across the meetings that followed in Zagreb, Lüneburg, Istanbul, Kochi, and finally Malta in 2019.

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Revisiting “Separation / Séparation”.

Ania Szremski* wrote about my 18 year old interactive poem for the New York based 4Columns website. During the spread of corona 4Columns continued to write on art and commissioned writing that addresses specifically works of culture that are still available in the public sphere, in one guise or another.

Revisiting the net artist’s Flash poem Separation / Séparation:

You must click repeatedly on the pale-yellow field of a pop-up window to get the narrative to unspool, word by word, its story of pain, the lament of one suffering body being taken over by another, demanding, unfeeling one. The suffering seems to be caused by the melding of human and computer, but it’s not totally clear who is suffering.

in Separation / Séparation, Abrahams anticipates our impatient behaviors and both goads us into them, so we become conscious of these automatic operations, and induces us to comport ourselves differently, to adopt a gentler attitude in front of the poor pounded-on computer.

That escape comes easiest through technology, but not here: Abrahams bars the door to fugitive, algorithmic reprieve.

Ania Szremski is the managing editor of 4Columns. From 2011–15, she was the chief curator of Townhouse, a nonprofit contemporary art space in Cairo, Egypt; she was also a founding editor of Mada Masr, Egypt’s premiere platform for independent, progressive journalism. She is a recipient of a 2016 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

ps I found the Italian translation in a powerpoint version + plus the article that relates the difficulties of recreating a flash piece without sources.

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Open Publishing Fest – reariting

On Wednesday Mai 27th 21h Paris time (CEST) the group Constallationss* proposes a Reariting** session during the Open Publishing Fest***  (OPF May 18-29)
The session will last 90 min and takes a text related to the book Thought in the Act by Erin Manning and Brian Massumi as its starting point.

If you want to rearite with us on the 27th, please write to Annie bram.org@gmail.com or Alix alixdesaubliaux@gmail.com to reserve your place.
Info : https://constallationss.hotglue.me/?OPF

reariting a method to think together

The session will start with a 10 min long explanation and attunement on zoom.
Then the participants will go to a collective writing pad where they will find a link to the selected text that they start reading individually. On the pad they write their notes, reflexions, questions, digressions – the ones through the others – and react to those of the others.
After one hour of reariting we will shortly reconnect in zoom to discuss the process.

this is not about producing a text together, but about using reariting as a technique to think through a text together.

*Constallationss is an online art / research group started in 2018 by Annie Abrahams, Alix Desaubliaux and Pascale Barret. In 2020 Alice Lenay, Carin Klonowski and Gwendoline Samidoust joined. The group uses the internet, challenges and surprises as tools for what Annie called contemporary net art, Pascale a non-binary inclusive laboratory, and Alix performative and collaborative explorations. Their methodology: constallations.hotglue.me/?methodologie

**Reariting manifests itself as a facilitator for a diffractive, distributed intelligence on-the-fly, creating text and relational patterns that do not depend on canons. It generates creative and unexpected “outcomes”. These are, in my opinion, not so much the texts produced, as the “diffractive moments” experienced by the reariters.
( https://aabrahams.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/diffractive.pdf )

***Open Publishing Fest is a decentralized public event that brings together communities supporting open source software, open content, and open publishing models. Held over two weeks in May, Open Publishing Fest will feature discussions, demos, and performances that showcase our paths toward a more open world.

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Enfourché -> des formes encore

Le 14 mai entre 20h30 et 22h, j’ai lu Enfourché pendant Équinoxe(s) – plateforme poétique #9 organisé par la Fondation Thalie.
(Programmation : Pascale Barret)

Enfourché Remix du discours de Macron devant des artistes de différents champs de la création, 6 mai 2020.

Podcast : https://www.fondationthalie.org/fr/podcasts/equinoxes-plateforme-poetique-du-14-mai-2020 vers 10:30 min

Des formes encore

vraiment beaucoup de choses est

il y a derrière tout les

les formes

de nouvelles formes

mariage du bon sens

d’autres d’autres

formes d’être au public

un autre rapport avec

le public public

des formes de création avec

des formes de

création en lien

aider à construire les conditions de répéter l’après

à créer sous contrainte

tout le poème sur la page 2 de ce billet (voir en bas)

Pages: 1 2

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#PEAE published in ebr

It touches on my inability, unwillingness to categorize my work and where that leads.

Published: Abrahams, Annie. “#PEAE Participative Ethology in Artificial Environments”, Electronic Book Review, May 3, 2020.

Pondering on my relation to electronic literature / e-lit for the eloCork 2019 conference, where is was invited, I was surprised to discover how strong that was. My interest for text and translation has pervaded my all over, what? … networked practice …
I am happy that the article that resulted from the venture has been published in the Electronic book Review. (thanks eo-Cork and ebr) My only regret is that I didn’t mention my ongoing e-stranger – What language does to you or not. – project.


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The art of online affecting: a crash course

Suddenly, cultural life takes place entirely on the internet, which until now was mainly used for marketing. How should you play the online stage, how to emote your audience there too? “Don’t get eaten by the screen.”

Alex Burghoorn, art critic of one of the biggest Dutch newspapers, De Volkskrant, interviewed me a few days ago and in his article he states that it is worthwhile to dwell on my work, now that not only a period of great financial worries for the arts, but also of digital experiments has begun. It feels as this is my moment of glory :).

I hope some readers got inspired and now start weaving moments of Distant Feeling(s) in their online meetings.
Fork Distant Feeling(s)!, it could be good for your health!

You can find the article (in Dutch) here online: https://www.volkskrant.nl/cultuur-media/de-kunst-van-het-online-ontroeren-een-spoedcursus~b8355ab1

My work can be difficult, some find it scary to participate,” says the pioneer of net art. “It can also fail, that there is no special feeling. I don’t mind, that emphasizes the vulnerable side of people.

ps The article also touches upon other digital art experiences.

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COMPOSE & DANSE

Je viens d’écrire deux scénarios AVANT LA PAROLE et LA CHOSE APPAREIL pour le site COMPOSE & DANSE. *
Deux autres L’OEIL QUI VOUS REGARDE et LE BRAS QUI VOIT seront publié en 2020.
A faire chez vous dans votre salon, cuisine, chambre etc.

* COMPOSE & DANSE vous invite à danser, à danser comme vous êtes, à fabriquer vous même votre danse…
COMPOSE & DANSE est une application web interactive et participative dédiée à l’art chorégraphique. Elle ouvre, grâce à l’outil numérique, une nouvelle voie d’accès aux processus de création et de composition d’artistes contemporains qui placent le corps dansant au cœur de leur pratique.

COMPOSE & DANSE est un projet de Muriel Piqué.

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Agentivité – art

L’Agency Art ou une Éthologie Participative dans des Environnements Artificiels ?
Article publié dans LINKs séries 1-2. ISSN  2592-6756.
Directeur de la publication Louis-José Lestocart.

…Cet article sera diffractif, multilingue et fondé sur le collage. J’emprunte, je copie. Je ne raconte pas, mais déroule et expose. Comme mes conférences, ma pratique artistique, ma pensée est transversale, interdisciplinaire, non-linéaire et éclectique…

La revue LINKs élargit et enrichit sans cesse le domaine de l’investigation en mêlant actualités scientifiques — phénoménologie, mathématiques, informatique, neurosciences, neurodynamique, théorie des systèmes, théorie des systèmes dynamiques, nanotechnologie, physique, physique quantique, (information quantique, décohérence, perspective bohémienne…), intelligence artificielle, robotique, médecine, biologie, biologie théorique, auto-organisation, systèmes multi-agents — , concepts philosophiques, histoire des idées, et champs artistiques (photographie, cinéma, vidéo, cinéma expérimental, cinéma en réalité virtuelle, net.art, installations, performances, installations interactives, réalité augmentée, mixed reality, bioart, land art, littérature, poésie…) qui conjuguent admirablement dessein épistémologique et souci de la forme.
http://links-series.com/ – free pdf

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The Machinic Author

Our article The machinic author has been published in the Journal of Creative Writing Studies in a special Issue: Creative Making As Creative Writing.

… an artists’ statement that situates the work in feminist materiality (Barad) Kathi Berens.

The author is this intra-action itself. The author is not “dead” as such. He has just changed his nature. The machinic author reveals herself as queer.

Abrahams, Annie and Guez, Emmanuel (2019) ““The machinic author” Artist’s Statement: The Reading Club”, Journal of Creative Writing Studies: Vol. 4: Iss.1, Article 8. ISSN: 2474-2937.
Available at: https://scholarworks.rit.edu/jcws/vol4/iss1/8

“We take the Reading Club as an example for how nowadays reading and writing is entangled with machines and software. A real-time language game with a humorously competitive character becomes, through a public act of constructing and deconstructing sense, a creative apparatus. This literary “machine” does not write itself, but makes authors write text in a conversational space full of meanings and emotions. It is a kind of human text generator that challenges the idea of creation and where the authors are, at best, co-creators. Appearing in the 1960s, the “death of the author,” who is not really one, is actually the awareness of the emergence of the machinic author.”

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Online performance – three articles.

If you are interested in remote collaboration and art you may want to read these. Flaws and possibilities, conditions for participation and audience agency are treated.

Trapped to Reveal – On webcam mediated communication and collaboration. Annie Abrahams, Jar #2 ISSN 2235-0225, 2012.
It is about performance, it is about processes and human beings being transformed. Annie Abrahams formulated motives, described means and managed to give this research a succinct philosophical and political background.

Learn together what it means to be connected CyPosium – The Book, 2014, ISBN 9781291988925.
Annie Abrahams reflects, referring to Kit Galloway, Gregory Bateson and Susan Kozel on her participation in and the interest and importance of the Cyposium.
we will have to become more radical in our experimentations and start to be more critical towards our own work. We shouldn’t be afraid to operate a ‘niche’, where we are ‘just’ our own audience. It might be a prerequisite for new discoveries, for the creation of a situation where we learn together what it means to be connected...

Preconditions for Online Participation PAIC, 2019.
Annie Abrahams finds that an awareness of hardware and software influences, clear and open protocols, familiarization with the technology, an active role and a hospitable environment for the participants are obligatory to allow them to enjoy an aesthetics of attention and trust, where their choices and behavior count.

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