net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

An organic acceptance of silence?

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liminal space – pure motion – an intimate regard – a field of light – dissolved, destabilized – an altered state – a telematic embrace – a silent small reprieve – hanging out with friends – machines conversing across the network only when the noisy humans finally shut up

This was the first time we (Daniel Pinheiro, Lisa Parra and Annie Abrahams) invited people to join us in our online performance experiment Distant Feeling(s) #3. The performance was projected as part of the festival Visions in the Nunnery gallery (London).
After the performance the surprise was great when, in the video, I saw the silent faces of others joining us for a shorter or longer time.

How does it feel to share an interface with eyes closed and no talking?

How did it feel?

When you participated, when you took the time to connect and join, you tried to feel the others and became more and more concentrated on being in a liminal space.

Watching the projection or the video, you could see this concentration, these faces who more and more descended into “pure motion”; these faces that abandonned real space and got elsewhere – you were allowed an intimate “regard”.

Here is my reaction (e-mail to Daniel and Lisa) just after the performance : “Felt “lost” – disturbed by the idea that there were “sneekers, peekers – disturbed also by my own curiosity, by my wish to see who was there and how they looked with closed eyes.
I felt light, as if I were in a field of light, changing, living light, not with human beings, and probably because that frightened me I tried to visualize you both, to imagine, how, where you were, I tried to make something I could understand of what I felt – as if you were familiar to me – I never met you – but still, apparently you became reassuring, close.
When I opened my eyes, everything became normal, just people, nice people around me on a screen. They have become more familiar now too. Looking at the screenshots of this session I feel grateful for their presence (they made the light).

Disolved I felt.
Maybe even empty. Certainly destabilised.
This may sound mystic, but in fact it might have been a very concrete experience – just the light flickering of the in- and out-going participants shimmering through my eyelids provoking an altered state?”

This is Randall Packer‘s reaction to it in a facebook discussion afterwards : “It was wonderfull – Like your work The Kiss, or Paul Sermon’s telematic pieces, the sensation of intimacy is never “real,” it is based on the willingness to believe and to allow closeness to become “real” despite separation. For those who participated in this experiment, it was exactly that: the willingness to suspend one’s belief in the knowledge of the virtual proximity and connectiveness of the others. It is that knowledge that can can be convincing enough to suspend disbelief and thus be silently wrapped in the telematic embrace. This work is a great model for how we might conduct ourselves on the Internet.”

Johannes Birringer on the same occasion. “I was waiting for silence to fall, after the chatter. when it occured, there was no embrace. but a faint sensation of sharing a silent small reprieve, over the constant noise and anger of the world, but an alonesilence as one could not see the others. it is the strangest experience, to be alonesilentblind with assumed others somewhere out there.”

And Nicolaas Schmidt called it “hanging out with friends…”.

Ruth Catlow, who was among the public at the Nunnery remarked : “Was it machine feedback… that mechanical clicking and beeping? The machines conversing across the network only when the noisy humans finally shut up! Like the toys that come alive in the magic toyshop when the children are asleep. I wanted it to get louder and louder till the whole world rang out- WE MACHINES ARE HERE AND WE ARE COMMUNICATING!
To what Randall reacted : “I love your observation that once the network is silenced of human conversation, all that is left is the hum of networked devices, the “nervous system” of the Net.”

Daniel Pinheiro compiled more reactions on Landproject.

On January 16th 2017, Muriel Piqué watched the video and wrote :

Silence / Silence
Je fouille l’image du silence / I explore the image of silence
Des têtes se tournent lentement / Heads turn slowly
8’44 un chien aboie au loin / 8’44 a dog barks far off
Je lis la résistance des corps à l’immobilité / I read the resistance of bodies to immobility
Je ressens l’acceptation organique du silence / I feel the organic acceptance of silence

And all the time the machines kept talking, exchanging data, making noise …

Some time ago I watched an interview by Gretta Louw with Sandra Danilovic in Second Life. They talk, among others, about our readiness to relate to an avatar in a bodily and emotional way. Why? Is there an evolutionary base for that? Sandra states, that, in our subconcious, we don’t percieve the self as an atomised individual identity, that precognitively we percieve the environment as a part of ourselves. Would such a thought be helpfull to understand better what happens? And is it true?

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Distant Feelings #3 – VisionS.

Thursday 24 Nov.
6.30 pm London time, 19h30 Paris time.
Duration 15 min.
Timeconvertor for other places.

To participate Download the zoom.us application https://zoom.us/download – desktop or other devices – and “Join meeting” ID = 630407193: https://zoom.us/j/630407193 .

VisionS in the Nunnery Programme 2 Launch.
Curated by Tessa Garland and Cinzia Cremona.
The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ.
Visions full programme. (5/10 – 18/12 2016)

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Lisa Parra in New York, USA,
Daniel Pinheiro in Porto, Portugal and
Annie Abrahams in Montpellier, France
will gather in an online séance trying to experience each other’s presence.

How does it feel to share an interface with eyes closed and no talking?

You can participate in this digital mindfulness experiment.
Download the zoom.us application – desktop or other devices – and “Join meeting” ID = 630407193: https://zoom.us/j/630407193 at the right time.

Some members of the public at the Nunnery will also be able to join in.

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The piece presented by Annie Abrahams (Distant Feeling(s) #1) continues the research of an artist who challenges the relational utopias attributed to the internet by creating performances which reveal empty yet precious moments, and the banality of interpersonal relations. The performance links Abrahams to two other artists (Daniel Pinheiro & Lisa Parra); from three different locations the three seek to communicate sensations and emotions. Cinzia Cremona (one of the curators) in ARSHAKE  Oct. 3 2016.

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OpenSourcePPP attitude.

rapport1Dans l’espoir que celles-ci peuvent servir à d’autres artistes, enseignants et chercheurs je publie les scores/scripts de mes performances, mes préparations pour mes workshops, conférences etc. en ligne.
Je pense ne pas être la seule qui le fait. Comment en parler? Comment promouvoir cette attitude ? Sous quel intitulé ?

OSPPP (pédagogie, protocole, performance script), OSC (course), OSW (walkthrough)

Voici ceux concernant mon passage au Digital Lab de l’ESBA au Mans, 15 novembre 2016 :

* .pdf Préparation pour le workshop performance en réseau, 2 heures, 6 personnes.

* .pdf Walkthrough pour la conférence Un parcours atypique, 2 heures.

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Distant Feeling(s) #2

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Testing the interface July 24 2016

On the 26 of July 2016
Lisa Parra in Los Angeles USA,
Daniel Pinheiro in Lisabon Portugal and
Annie Abrahams in Montpellier France
gathered in an online séance trying to experience each other’s presence with closed eyes.

Distant Feeling(s) #2
Online
: 21h45
Duration 30 min.
Livestreamed directly to reSense #1
Thanks to Olivia Jack (artist and webrtc developer)

Berlin :  20h30 (after BadaboomBerlin BadaBodypaint)
reSense [movement, performance, technology, art] Festival
SPEKTRUM – art science community
Bürknerstraße 1
12047 Berlin

What are we? When are we? Where are we?
We, we we we is what?

When meeting online we face a lack of references that usually define the perception of ‘being’ somewhere at a given time. This object aims at discussing, within the possibilities of networked performance, the mediation itself by removing the fundamental sense that allows connectedness to happen. In a mainly visual rationalized culture we question the following: what are we then left with?

With a sense of proximity ? Intentions of provoking a telematic coordination of movements diluted into a journey of each individual approach on experiencing a shared moment in time? What time?!

Rules for a Distant feeling(s) encounter:
– put the timer on 30 min
– close your eyes
– try feeling the others presence, try provoking their presence, find out what is present
– when timer goes off we open our eyes and just watch for a minute.

Overview : videos, photos, notes on the Distant Feeling(s) project.

 

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Communitas

In her article Fields of networked mind: Ritual consciousness and the factor of communitas in networked rites of compassion published in Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research, Dec 2015., Dr Lila Moore made a link between the antropological theory of communitas and liminality  and  networked collaborative practices.

 

Although I can’t follow her when she refers to Rupert Sheldrake’s morphic resonance hypothesis, I do find the concept of communitas interesting to ponder upon.

Communitas refers to an unstructured state in which all members of a community are equal allowing them to share a common experience, usually through a rite of passage. Communitas is characteristic of people experiencing liminality together. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communitas

The dissolution of order during liminality creates a fluid, malleable situation that enables new institutions and customs to become established. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liminality

This resonates with something I wrote (cited by Moore) in 2014 : “I thought, and still think, it important to try to find words, ways of thinking about online performance, analysing it. What is so specific? What can we communicate and how? How do we perceive our bodies when performing? Why does it have such a special energy? Why is it so demanding? How come we feel so close to others, so included and often so extremely exhilarated? Is it because online performance makes the borders between the performers and the audience fluid? Is it because it lacks hierarchy? Because it goes against total control? from “Learn together what it means to be connected …, Annie Abrahams, CyPosium – the Book,  p158.

Being on a border, in an in between – What would be the ritualistic aspects of online collaborative performance?
Connecting to an interface – preparing sound and light conditions – all this in the right order – waiting for the others to come – how to say “hi”? – who is leading the event? – what is the score?
Is there more to say about this? And what would it mean to not immediately reject links to shamanism, religion, and the sacred? …

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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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Distant Feeling(s) – séance #1

Distant Feeling(s) 17min35 Edited video available for projection, installation, exhibition. Contact landv0dotproject@gmail.com or bramdotorg@gmail.com

March, 4 2016.
Daniel Pinheiro in Porto, Annie Abrahams in Montpellier and Lisa Parra in New York  tried to experience the others presence online with eyes closed and no talking.

Meeting Lisa and Daniel.
Yes we met. In space. Where? In my body maybe?
I was trying to much. Maybe. Why did I look more up than down? Was there, where we were, more up in the sky than here down? I was imagining I might be able to provoke an action, a telematic coordination of movement. It didn’t happen. Slowly I went from the outside to the inside. I was with them on the floor of Lisa’s dance studio. I could feel them. Bullshit of course. There was nothing to say when we opened our eyes.
I would like to do it again, I would like to see what would happen a second time.
Was Lisa crying near the end?”
Annie Abrahams

“I did cry.
I too was imaging myself lying on the floor. it was an inner journey of images, desires, dreams, feelings of sadness and happiness
it was special, it was a special moment in time.” – Lisa Parra

“It made me think of meeting strangers inside an elevator that gets stucked. Where my mind traveled many places trying to understand where was I in relation to these other two persons. Were they there still?! The urge to open my eyes was suddenly erased by the warmth of the sun in my face… here… and back to them … there.
it constantly made me feel that I was there because they were also there, suddenly instead of facing them it was about these three silent bodies “looking” at something else.
the intimate space of silence is awkward. the absence of time and space is endless and infinite”
 – Daniel Pinheiro

More reflections, a video screencapture – raw and score here.

Lisa Parra is a choreographer, performer and video artist.
Daniel Pinheiro is a media artist and performer.
Annie Abrahams is a net artist and performer.

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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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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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ReadingClub – unaussprechbarlich

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Ein online kollektives Schreibexperiment über
Die Schwierigkeiten und Freuden von Deutschlernen
mit
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 http://readingclub.fr.

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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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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