net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

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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Ugly Feelings – Townhouse Gallery, Cairo

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I am happy to be part of this exposition curated by Ania Szremski.
The emotional impact of working (or being unable to work) in this context has shifted our institutional and curatorial thinking. “Ugly Feelings” is a first step towards reflecting on that shift, a gesture towards a project that will manifest in 2014 asking if an institution can create an exhibition without an artist.

20/10-20/11/2013
Opening reception Sunday, October 20, 7 pm
Townhouse First Floor Gallery, Cairo.

… “The current Townhouse tackles feelings of frustration and despair dominating Egypt’s transitional process, exploring how art institutions can continue to function in such challenging times.” …  “I had originally wanted to show Moving Excerpts, as well as Separation in an Internet café exhibition in 2011 called ‘Talk to Me’, which was cancelled due to the events of Mohamed Mahmoud,” Szremski remembered, “then I felt that they made a lot of sense in the context of ‘Ugly Feelings’ and I was happy to have the chance to finally show them in Egypt.” … Yasmine Zohdi in the article Cairo’s Townhouse Gallery embraces ‘Ugly Feelings’ on ahramonline

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