net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

Documentation Mie lahkoo pomagate ? (can you help me?)

Annie Abrahams Solo exhibition Mie lahkoo pomagate ? (can you help me ?) 21 October – 7 November 2014, Aksioma Project Space, Ljubljana. Production CONA.

beautifulMerci Irena, Brane, Jasmina, Maja, Janez, Huong, Jan, Tožibabe, Jana, Chantal and Martina.

Photos of the exhibition by Suncan Stone.
Photos of the opening event by CONA.

Video of the opening performance filmed by Janez Janša.

Articles :
Annie Abrahams: Jezik v svetu med realnim in virtualnim Pogovor z umetnico ob njeni aktualni razstavi 29. oktober 2014 ob 06:28 Pina Gabrijan.
krant misliss
Potrpežljivost in pozornost (Patience and Attention), DEVNIK Nov 3, Mojca Pišek.

Works presented in Mie Lahkoo pomagate? (can you help me?):
Opening up a new zone for what formerly was called net art, Text by Jasmina Založnik. 30 x 42 cm, laminated digital print, October 2014.

from estranger to e-stranger, Living in between languages. Book by Annie Abrahams, Editions +++plus+++, CONA and, ISBN9781291965117, October 2014.

My parents (il y a 31 ans), Remix based on a 15 min-long b&w super8 film made in 1983. Video projection, 6.36 min in a loop, 2014.

It’s not about the project but about the relation, Digital colour print, 21 x 30 cm, photo Brane Zorman, design Annie Abrahams, 2014.

Annie Abrahams wants to find a link between emotions and coding, 25 x 125 cm, digital print of a comment exchange on FB, 2014.

Lutke, Youtube video on a photo frame, 2.16 min in a loop. Song by Tožibabe, live Novi Rock ’86.

Let’s focus on what makes you feel bi, Offset print by Huong Ngo 66 x 66 cm, black and white, 2-sided, one out of an edition of 500, presented on a wooden board, 2014.

Kaj misiliš s tem?, Sound on CD player, 17 min, edited sound recordings of Kaj misiliš s tem? What do you mean?, a performance by Martina Ruhsam, Jana Wilcoxen, Chantal van Mourik, Annie Abrahams and TTS by Proteus, Kult3000, Ljubljana, 2014.

Encounter video, 270 min in a loop, performance recording of Encounter with Annie Abrahams, Maja Delak and Irena Pivka, April 2014, MSUM, Ljubljana. 4 LCD screens with the same video starting at different points in the timeline and a surveillance camera, 2014.

relax.exe, Video projection of screensaver software for PC, made with Jan de Weille, 1999.

A present from Irena, Skirt made by Irena Pivka, fabric, 2014.

I was 8 minutes late …, Video by Irena Pivka based on documentation she made during Encounter with Annie Abrahams and Maja Delak, April 2014, MSUM, Ljubljana, 10:50 min in a loop on an LCD Sony Bravia 52” screen, 2014.

It shouldn’t be too loud…, Sound work by Brane Zorman based on sound recordings of Encounter with Annie Abrahams, Maja Delak and Irena Pivka, April 2014, MSUM, Ljubljana, and screams of Annie Abrahams, two speakers back to back on a standard, 2014.

Encounter drawings, Made by Irena Pivka during Encounter with Annie Abrahams and Maja Delak, April 2014, MSUM, Ljubljana, colour markers on paper, 480 x 62 cm, 2014.

Encounter photo, Made by Maja Delak with a Diana+ camera during Encounter with Annie Abrahams and Irena Pivka, April 2014, MSUM, Ljubljana, 120 x 120 cm, digital colour print, 2014.

Iloveyou.exe, A part of the code of a computer virus called happ99.exe. 21 x 30 cm, copies on red paper, edition of 100, 2014.


The works presented investigate different attitudes toward language and problematize how its expressivity is structured when placed in a new environment. They are the result of a one month residency in Ljubljana in April 2014.

Production: CONA institute for contemporary art processing
Exhibition partner: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Residency partners: JSKD and French Institute, Ljubljana.
Performances’ partners: MSUM and Kult3000
Cona program is supported by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Ljubljana

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Kaj misliš s tem? / What do you mean? – sound piece

Sound piece after : On April 17th 2014 there was a performance Kaj misliš s tem? / What do you mean? at Kult3000, Metelkova, Ljubljana, with Annie Abrahams, Martina Rusham, Jana Wilcoxen and Chantal van Mourik.

Annie, Jana, Chantal and Martina wrote text, using only their mothertongue, about their experience of living in a country where they couldn’t speak their monthertongue and had to learn a new language. They used a shared textpad. They translated their text phrase by phrase via Google in Slovenian. The Slovenian text was fed to Alpineon’s TTS software made by Proteus and diffused live to the performance public. Brane Zorman recorded this sound.

Yet another translation into English gave a poem called You have to accept (a FEW times). New language that you can find here.

The soundpiece was presented in the exhibition Mie lahkoo pomagate ? (can you help me ?) from 21 October to 7 November 2014 in Aksioma Project Space, in Ljubljana. Production CONA.

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Mie lahkoo pomagate? (can you help me?)


Solo exhibition
21 October – 7 November 2014,
Aksioma Project Space, Ljubljana
Tuesday, 21 October at 20h / opening and presentation. I will also be in the space on the 22nd, 23rd and 24rd from 3pm to 5pm. Recording sound, explaining, chatting.

Production: CONA  institute for contemporary art processing
Coproduction: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art
Residency partner: JSKD and French Institute

The works presented in the exhibition Mie Lahkoo Pomagate? (can you help me?) investigate different attitudes toward language and problematize how its expressivity is structured when placed in a new environment.

The created pieces have an open structure and can be understood as a sort of “hacking”, through which another sphere of what used to be called net art is opened. This other zone is no longer caught in the virtual world, it does not examine its imprints on reality, but cuts through the space of in-betweenness, the real / the virtual, past / present. It calls for a responsible, watchful, and careful entering, reading, acting, reacting, even when we are becoming a witness of a past event, when we are interpreting offered materials, combining, connecting, and understanding them.

Recordings, drawings, a video and a poster of Encounter, edited recordings of Kaj misiliš s tem? What do you mean?, an art book from estranger to e-stranger, a skirt made by Irena Pivka, a deka, a poster from Huong Ngo, a song by Tožibabe, a video of my parents, relax.exe (projection), a chair, a table, a text by Jasmina Založnik, a soundpiece by Brane Zorman, a plant, another plant, another chair, plaster board, text on code and emotions (poster), Iloveyou.exe (copies). What language does it speak?

The exhibition was developed in collaboration with Maja Delak, Mojca Krisch, Huong Ngo, Irena Pivka, Brane Zorman. Thanks to: Milena Gros, Chantal van Mourik, Brida, Martina Ruhsam, Sunčan Stone, Igor Štromajer, Jana Wilcoxen, Jerneja Žganec Gros and Aleš Mihelič – Alpineon razvoj in raziskave, d.o.o

Some thoughts on the preparation of this exhibition here. (#boris groys #miltos manetas #jill magid)


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Kaj misliš s tem? / What do you mean?

Kaj misliš s tem
? / What do you mean?
Public preparation no.1 for an exhibition (Aksioma Oct. 2014)
Thursday, April 17th, 7.30pm,
Kult3000, Metelkova, Ljubljana

A performance and discussion with people who all had to learn a new language because they went living in a country who’s language they didn’t speak.

Performance initiator and preparation : Annie Abrahams. Invited participants : Martina Rusham (dancer and author, Austrian), Jana Wilcoxen (translator, project development, American), Chantal van Mourik (communicator, coordinator, Dutch). Discussion afterwards.

The performance (facilitated by CONA) will last 30 min.
We will not speak directly to one-another, we will type on a computer in our mother-tongue, use google to translate our text in Slovenian and then use text to speech software – TTS by Proteus – to be heard by all in Slovenian.

in the frame of (E)stranger : a 4 weeks residency invited by CONA
partners JSKD, French Institute Ljubljana

Images, etc from the performance:

Preparations : Read the rest of this entry »

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#ReadingClub #Cona #LaurieAnderson


April 7th 21:00H CET
online Reading Club based on a song text by Laurie Anderson.

Live sound by Brane Zorman (streaming Cona).

With Anna Friz, Canadian sound and radio artist, BridA (Tom Kerševan, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica), Aleksandra Gruden visual artist and Andrej Hrvatin sound recordist and musician.

Produced with Cona institute for contemporary arts processing in Ljubljana.

Archives : (soon also video with sound available)

Want to know a bit more about the project?
Article : In the Reading Club, reading is not unthought Annick Rivoire interviewed Annie Abrahams and Emmanuel Guez about their project, which experiments with an active, participatory, collaborative and performative reading on the Internet.

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It is not about the project it is about the relation – Talk


Trubar Litterature House
08 April 2014 19h
Stritarjeva 7
1000 Ljubljana
Tel. : 01 256 56 94

Artist talk : It is not about the project it is about the relation.

Intention: A talk about how relations and behaviour are at the core of my artistic work and about what it means to work on an aesthetics of attention and trust. Using examples of my collective writing and online streaming performances I will try to shed light on the liberating aspects of the human messy sides of interaction in online environments.

Talk in the frame of my 4 weeks residency with CONA and JSKD* in Ljubljana, which will be centered around the notion of being an (E)stranger.


When 12 years old, I went to high school for the first time, I noticed I didn’t speak the same way as the other pupils. I went mute for three days before trying to communicate again. In 1986 I moved from the Netherlands to France and once again I was a ‘stranger’. I was the one who had to learn a new language, who had an accent, who was difficult to understand, the one the others had difficulties paying attention to because she spoke slowly and had bad grammar. I was the ‘broken’ one. But I also was the outsider, the one with distance, the one who didn’t know the rules, and so wasn’t obliged to follow them, the one who could also be free.
So when invited by Cona, to come to Slovenia I decided to go back once more to the position of being a stranger, of creatively playing with this place, of researching its possibilities, beyond it’s handicapping proprieties and make work about that.

notes on the project

production CONA
partners JSKD, French Institute Ljubljana

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Upcoming / ongoing

  • 05/09 18h CET ut ut ut Utterings the Practice, Every First Monday of the Month. Open to all.
  • Constallationsss ongoing with Alice Lenay, Pascale Barret, Alix Desaubliaux et occasionellement Gwendoline Samidoust et Carin Klonowski.
  • Distant Movements with Muriel Piqué and Daniel Pinheiro - ongoing
  • End of 2022 yearly reconnection Distant Feelings with Daniel Pinheiro - open to others.
  • My blog on What language does to you or not. (E)stranger.

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