net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

Distant Movements

In Distant Movements we close our eyes. Thus we immerse ourselves in the imagination of our own space and we can not control how we appear on the screen. We are guided through this space, at the same time real, virtual and imaginary, by a voice. It is this voice that creates a shared mental space.

In this shared space our bodies dance and interpret, each in their own way, the words coming in two different languages. It is clear that in the immediacy of our interpretations, our smallest differences occur, revealing an unsuspected value. So many bodies, so many dances: in-reproducible, inimitable. And each one gets in tune with the other and dances with the other, imagining the dance of the other in his own inner space.

In July 2018 Daniel Pinheiro, a performer and visual artist based in Porto, Muriel Piqué, a choreographic artist, researcher and performer from Montpellier and I started working on a new project called Distant Movements. In this project the intense presence of and attention for the unseen other, experienced in another online networked project called Distant Feelings*, is extended with an exploration of our bodies in motion and the imagination of the other who also moves, who also dances.

Distant Movements wants
– to give an intimate access to a danced, dancing body
– to reveal the body to poetry / to acces a poetic body
– to activate a body at a distance
– to research – the relation body-machine, their interdependence, their entanglement, the connection, the constraints – meeting at a distance mediated by cables, the voice, our imagination, our sensations – the relation between the real space / virtual space / imagined space.
– to share the magic of dancing together over distance

Distant Movements uses performance as a tool.

Distant Movements manifests itself as
– a research web site; an anarchive** : traces intended to be potential carriers, that can be reactivated.
– a series of online experiments
– online participatory performances accessible via zoom.us
– performances / installations in situ
– video traces some of which will have the status of a stand-alone art work.

Distant Movements can be followed here : distantmovements.tumblr.com
So far we had 7 sessions. In the future we will invite more people to assist in our experiments.

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* Distant Feelings is an ongoing project by Annie Abrahams, Daniel Pinheiro and Lisa Parra – an online ritual of contemplation on our situation of being together while being separated. Eyes closed, no talking.

** For a concise definition of the anarchive visit senselab.ca.

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Trapped to Reveal – On webcam mediated communication and collaboration


Journal for Artistic Research
An online, peer-reviewed journal for the publication and discussion of artistic research. ISSN 2235-0225

JAR2 is now online with contributions by:

Annie Abrahams (FR), Juan Carlos Castro (CA) and Daniel T. Barney (USA), Krien Clevis (NL), humhyphenhum (Deborah Harty (UK) and Phil Sawdon (UK)), Eric T. Hetzler (UK), Brita Lemmens (NL), Vida L Midgelow (UK) and Tom Williams (UK), Ruby Wallis (IE)

Abstract of  Trapped to Reveal – On webcam mediated communication and collaboration : An exposition concerning my collaborative webcam performance projects, focussing on / trying to determine the special aspects of machine mediated communication and collaboration.
I wanted to use this opportunity to organise the material from three of my webcam performance projects (Huis Clos / No Exit, Duet Satz 1, 2, 3,4 and Angry Women) in a way that would reveal their essence in a few short lines. This, as I should have known, is impossible. It is about performance, it is about processes and human beings being transformed. I formulated motives, described means and I managed to give this research a succint philosophical and political background. Relevant experiences and reactions are clustered and a short text and conclusion distilled.

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Huis Clos / No Exit – Tout va Bien

http://vimeo.com/223359
Reality needs to be trapped in order to be available for thought

Huis Clos / No Exit – Tout va Bien
demo – performance, 30 March 2011
for the “Self-Reflexivity and Cinéma Verité” session
curated by Martine Neddam for the Studium Generale 2011
Cinema Clash Continuum – Film & History in the age of Godard
Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam.

Annie Abrahams with: Balthazar Berling, Lola Bezemer, Rozemarijn Hermans,Tirza Kater, Alexander Laurie and Anna Orlikowska

Interface development : Estelle Senay – Théâtre Paris – Villette
Videocapture : Bérénice Belpaire
More information on the seminar

I spend one afternoon with the students to prepare this demo – performance. Before we had some email exchanges. Here is the content of one of these mails :

“I don’t want to tell stories, neither am I interested in his stories – in history, maybe in her stories, but that’s another subject…
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