net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

Understanding block chain ?

This email is there to try to pen down some of my very visceral negative reactions to Plantoid – The Birth of a Blockchain-Based Lifeform (p 51 -61) in Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain https://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/products/100826 (it’s a great book).

Let me first say that Plantoid is a great project, because it makes some implications of the Blockchain technology very evident and poses a lot of questions.

P 54 “All code deployed on a blockchain comes with a guarantee of execution, by engaging with a Plantoid, people are contractually bound to, and cannot deviate from the rules stipulated into the underlying smart contract code.”
Building a Plantoid is done by humans, of course they can deviate … and if not, they are stupid to participate and become slaves… (maybe there is something I don’t understand here)

P.55 “The Plantoid continuously monitors its Bitcoin balance and whenever it realizes, that a particular threshold has been reached, the Plantoid will be able to use this money to initiate it’s own reproduction”
A Plantoid has no conscience as far as I know, so I don’t think it can realize something – It’s  calculation and rules that trigger an action – a Plantoid isn’t living. Being made of code and rules is not the same as having a soul.

P 58 ” Indeed, the DNA of every Plantoid, that is, all the logic and rules that govern its growth and reproduction are recorded on the Ethereum blockchain. These may include certain distinctive aesthetic or physical requirements ….. that will affect the scope of creativity and the room for discretion left to the artists commissioned to produce the next Plantoid.”
So Plantoid seems to be conservative, reinforcing the characteristics it started with.

Artists will have to make propositions for the next level Plantoid within the rules and logic on the blockchain. Contributors can vote the for these by sending micro-transactions to the Bitcoin blockchain of their choice. All will be weighted by the amouths contributed and the smartcontract will process it and establish a winner.
Grrrrrr, automatised decissions Grrrrr anything can come out of such a thing Grrrrr, no discussion, the winner is not necessary what is wished for …

P 59 ” ….the reproduction process, the evolution of Plantoids follow a Darwinist approach” ….
Does it? Darwinism changed a lot over time.
The essential concept of “mutation” (for evolution) doesn’t seem to have a place in the Plantoid blockchain project. Mutation would mean a change of code, an intervention in the basic rules and logic of the blockchain and that seems to be impossible …. Adaption to the environment is not the same as mutation!

P 60 “Each Plantoid is forever and inextricably connected to both its ancestors and its descendants, with whom it can communicate through a shared blockchain-based network.”
I vigorously disagree with the use of the word “communicate” here. Even if it’s use could be correct, it is misleading because of our day to day use of the word. The block-chain based network exists for us to see, to conceptualise, but a Plantoid can not communicate inside it. Plantoids are part of a chain, network of rules and logic, they don’t exchange inside it. Information is linked, coupled, that’s all.

GRRR
winners and so losers, determined by calculation only
conservative
not living at all
GRRR

That’s what I understood

Best

( “”I hate blockchain plantoids by O’Khaos – that’s probably why they are great”,
Email to the netbehaviour mailing list Sept 25 2017 )

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Qu’est-ce et pourquoi agency art ?

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Conférence festival Mèq
Festival international d’art numérique performatif
hTh Centre Dramatique National
18h Chateau du domaine de Grammont
avenue Albert Einstein
Montpellier.
Durée 50 min.
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Dans sa conférence, qui sera performative, Annie Abrahams montrera et confrontera son art dans son état d’agence sociale et politique sans vraiment savoir où ça nous amène et si ça nous amène quelque part, mais en sachant que ça ne peut être autrement.

Annie Abrahams développe ce qu’elle appelle une esthétique de l’attention et de la confiance. Pour sonder la le comportement humain elle utilise aussi bien la vidéo, la performance, l’écriture, l’installation que l’Internet. Elle questionne les possibilités et les limites de la communication, dont elle explore plus spécifiquement les modalités propres au réseau. Elle est internationalement reconnue pour son netart, ces expériences en écriture partagée et en tant que pionnière de la performance en réseau.

#PEAE = #Participative #ethology in #artificial environments #ethnological approach #AgencyArt ?

#EPEA = #Éthologie #participative dans des #environnements #artificiels
approche #ethnologique #AgencyArt ?

MobiusAnime

Dossier de presse Mèq festival.

Link to the document used in the presentation.

7 photos  https://www.flickr.com/photos/bramorg/albums/72157687987294074

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Doc(k)s – readingclub

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Doc(k)s 4éme Série Numéro 25/26/27/28. Edition AKENATON, Ajaccio. 2017.
ISSN DOC(K)S 0396/3004.

Page 204 – 207. 10 9 les machines, elles, ne buguent jamais ? 3 Pages de la session William Burroughs du readingclub.fr (à partir de La révolution électronique) et un texte collage de Annie Abrahams et Emmanuel Guez – nov 2014.

Lecteurs et lectrices : Colette Tron, Frédérique Vargoz et Emmanuel Vergès.

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#NeWWWorlDisorder

#NeWWWorlDisorder

29/07 2017 6-7.30 pm Paris time (12pm EDT)
#NeWWWorlDisorder broadcast performance on facebook
and the Third Space Network.

With : Annie Abrahams, Domenico Dom Barra, Michaël Borras A.K.A. Systaime, Curt Cloninger, Carla Gannis, Johann Baron Lanteigne, Patrick Lichty, Randall Packer, Daniel Pinheiro, Dominik Podsiadly, Craig Saper and Paul Wong.

Hosted by Randall Packer & Michaël Borras A.K.A Systaime.

How do we make sense of the resultant cacophony of our networked actions as they independently traverse the channels of our collective media space?

13 Different approaches united in one interface, where you can choose what / who to watch, listen to, where you are the mixer.

http://www.randallpacker.com/hyper-participatory-juxtapositions-social-broadcasting/

who

Who are my partners in this experiment? What does it mean to them to collectively conceive, to collaborate, to participate? What happens when you are aggregated? Can facebook also be a social space? Who are those facebookfriends I am streaming for? Do they also have agency? (how when, where) Who are my co-broadcasters? Are we doing something together? How will the local relate to the global? Can I reach someone? What will become of attention? Can I resist the flux, the stream, the spectacle, the show …

http://www.randallpacker.com/reordering-the-broadcast/

I am not #TV
I am not a #Medium
I am not #Media
I am not #Flux
#Real #D3sord3r
I am not a #Message
I am not #Facebook
I am not the #!nt3rn3t
W3 are the #NeWWWorlDisorder – are we?

Who are you?  – Let’s not forget this is an experiment and an experience.
Art is not an end in itself.

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Interactive performance archive thirdspacenetwork.com/newwworldisorder-video-wall .

call

Nobody called. It was a quite lonely endeavour. I ended up watching a lot of Curts stream, singing along with it and playing with Daniel and Lisa (without them knowing it). Nevertheless the archive is fantastic – great to see all these different approaches. Here is my broadcast:

Floating with Curt: 16:10 36:40 45:20 52:45-57:20 1:10:40-1:15:55 1:27:10 Playing with Daniel and Lisa: 1:17:00-1:26:00

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Women, Art and Technology

July 6, 2017
Angry Women II video 27 min in
Women Art and Technology, an exhibition curated by Arterial for Zone and The Waterfront Club. (London)

With also work by Carla Gannis, Emily Lazerwitz, Gretta Louw, Caro Halford and Martha McGuinn.

Arterial thanks Furtherfield and Articurate for their cooperation.

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Ours Lingages

21/07 2017 10.15 PM Performance Ours Lingages
Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória, Porto.
during the Electronic Literature Organisation conference ELO 2017
Annie Abrahams featured artist
invited by Rui Torres and Sandy Baldwin

Performance in collaboration with Daniel Pinheiro, Isabel Costa, Igor Stromajer, Outranspo (Lily Robert-Foley, Camille Bloomfield, Jonathan Baillehache), Jan de Weille, Rui Torres, Helen Varley Jamieson,  Anna Tolkacheva and the readingclub.

Ours Lingages = a script – online poetry, language learning tools and collective writing + code + voice + dance + text + singing and a blindfold – unrehearsed.

You are welcome online for the associated session of the readingclub, where Helen is expecting you. Duration 30 min. For the complete performance you will have to be in Porto.

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Ours Lingages. The internet is my language mother. I speak with a voice that’s not my own, I speak in other voices, not my voice. We are all e-strangers, all nomads that use globish bastard languages. We are the alienated translated (wo)men in-between code and emotion, in-between our wish to be visible and our longing for intimacy. L’entre-deux = void. Can’t we be “with” instead?
Translation is a joy as long as you can accept the imperfections of the result, are willing to learn, to spend time, to pay attention, to take risks and to accept your own incompleteness and glitches. Translation is always failing, faulty, it’s a source for confusion … and discovery. It opens a third language; another in-between, and then a fourth and … Better take nothing for granted and play with it. Be the one not looking at what something is, but at what something can do.
You have to accept (a FEW times). A few times. New language. Let’s try to be “with”.

Documentation – video etc.

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The Laboratory of Networked Behavior

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After my Networked Conversations interview with Randall Packer on the 13th of Mai, Randall wrote an interesting article called The Laboratory of Networked Behavior.

“Only through questioning, probing, getting dirty, and embracing the messiness of online behavior, can we even come close to any kind of understanding of what lies ahead of us in our mediated lives. That is why the work of Annie Abrahams, along with the other intrepid artist-investigators of the Net, is so crucial to our survival amidst the encroachment of the telematic embrace.”

And here is the recording of the interview : performance as reality – performance is reality.

And a preparation for the talk .pdf (very elaborate overview of my online performance history – not complete though)

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What is and Why Agency Art?

murcia_largeEvery hour we move, we relax the body – Exercice during the online intervention.

18/06 2017 11h.
Networked performance art and engagement – What is and Why Agency Art?
Internet, Arte y Compromiso, Centre Culturel Puertas de Castilla (Murcia). Invitation Veronica Perales.

Download the document prepared .pdf

“Where can agency art be online nowadays in the time of social media, in the time of not choosing, but consuming, scrolling, being fed and harvested? In conversations, building trust and attention.
Examples : Third Space Network and Furtherfield.”

prepaMurciaPreparation for the event – exister en double – quadruple ….

More on Agency Art

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Une pratique du texte numérique qui dévoile ?

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Lundi 19 juin 2017 20h30
Une pratique du texte numérique qui dévoile ?
Présentation dans la table ronde
Le texte élusif dans la littérature numérique
organisée par Yan Rucar

Annie Abrahams,
Philippe Bootz – Le texte absent comme indice d’une inadaptation
collectif RYBN – d’écriture algorithmiques
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Centre culturel international de Cerisy-la-Salle.
Colloque Des humanités numériques littéraires ?
Sous la direction de Didier Alexandre, Milad Doueih et Marc Douguet.

Une texte sur écran n’est pas un texte, c’est peut être un image. Un texte qu’on scrolle se passe, mais ne passe pas, des bribes, des moments qui filent c’est tout. Un texte doit être au présent, rester, prendre le temps. Un texte ne peut pas se dérouler, sinon c’est un scénario. Un texte d’un temps défini impressionne, détourne, manipule, prend le dessus, m’enferme dans lui-même et souvent me laisse indifférent. Je veux pouvoir malaxer, mixer, mordre, analyser, déchiffrer un texte, y revenir, voir les détails, son histoire, je veux lui donner une mémoire, connaître son adresse, savoir d’où il vient, ce qu’il raconte. Pour pouvoir dévoiler / un rapport / une relation / soi-même / un autre / un texte a besoin de temps, de temps, de temps.

Il n’y a que le dévoilement qui compte. Le texte est la matière du dévoilement. Retour.

Ma préparation : en html ici

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more precursors – a kisstory

You can make a story of telematic communication by looking at how people experiment with distanced kissing over time. Can you?

Kit-Sherrie-composite-kiss_edit_a3txt_150_dc(Image from the collections of Galloway & Rabinowitz)

In 1975, five years before their groundbreaking Hole-in-Space piece, Sherrie Rabinowitz and Kit Galloway used a selfmade experimental setup in the Sony Salon on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Kit had a key and so they could use it after the opening hours of the showroom.
Kit and Sherrie did a lot of “Aesthetic Research in Telecommunications.” When I visit the website that documents this, I recognize they discovered and practiced probably all formal possibilities of being together in a composite image space. A feast of recognition.
They used split-screen, key images, life tv-footage and sometimes props. In what they called the space with no geographical borders they wanted to get rid of all borders, the split-screen border included and the above image of their kiss is an excellent example of the sensuality the merging of image-ambassadors can provoke.

Later this technique was used by Paul Sermon in Telematic Dreaming, a ISDN digital telephone installation from 1993. Nowadays, Daniel Pinheiro in Will you dance with me?! (2017) starts working in this direction. Station House Opera (among others) in 2016 was also using this technique in the At Home in Gaza and London performance project.

A Telematic Kissing Timeline?

  • Early twentieth century Telegraphic Kiss. (postcard see at the bottom)
  • 1938 Facsimile telegraph transmission kiss (article in Popular Mechanics )
  • 1957 Jerry Lewis and Celeste Holm split-screen kiss – live via terrestrial microwave linked TV. Image, info, video here.
  • 1974  Nam June Paik and Shirley Clarke splitscreen kiss – technical design of the installation by David Cort of the Videofreex. Image, info here.
  • 1975 Kit Galloway, and Sherrie Rabinowitz composite image space, using Sony Salon technology – In 1977 they start experimenting with satelite transmission.
  • 2007 Annie Abrahams and Nicolas Frespech, One the puppet of the other, live split-screen internet performance.
  • 2008 Annie Abrahams and Mark River The Big Kiss. Durational performance in an split-screen installation.
  • 2011 “Kissenger” the world’s only kiss transfer device.
  • 2014 Lancel and Maat develop E.E.G. Kiss, a tentative to device a communal kiss.
Facsimile-KISS_Pop-Mecs_5-1938Image from the collections of Galloway & Rabinowitz  1938 http://blog.modernmechanix.com/telegraph-kisses-are-new-fad/
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Telegraphic Kiss Postcard – early twentieth century. https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/tag/vice/

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Upcoming

* 4-9/12 Qu(o)i <=> agence <=> Quand Résidence Labo NRV, ENSBA Lyon et Les Subsistances, Lyon.

* 29/03 15h30 Online En-semble – Entanglement Training with Antye Greie, Helen Varley Jamieson, Soyung Lee, Hương Ngô, Daniel Pinheiro and Igor Stromajer, Art of the Networked Practice symposium, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
* April, Residency Lingagens in Künstlerhaus Villa Waldberta, Feldafing, Germany.

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