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Annie Abrahams

“Alcho” a performative algorithm

July 1 19:30-21 CEST presentation by Annie Abrahams of Alcho a performative algorithm as part of the launch of the collective publication of Alchorisma.

Z33 and Constant invite you to this launch.
There will be three live interventions customized to the setting of the launch. Anne-Laure Buisson will present the Celtic Map of Trees, Annie Abrahams will present Alcho and there will be one surprise act!

If you missed the performance of Alcho and are interested, please read the meta-instructions and contact me privately to get a re-enactment.

My question: “Is it possible to create an algorithm that includes human behaviour, that evolves over time and in the process integrates aspects of the personalities of all the participating individuals?”
Because there are humans involved I thinks the project will probably turn out to be an erratic, iterative, evolving, experiential happening. I am interested in the written traces; in the written instruction sets, as markers of the evolving ‘Alcho’ processed through humans by writing and performing.

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alchorisma – queering optimisation

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mineralmatter Alchorisma-stitching by Peter Westenberg. More stitchings.

From 2 – 8 December 2018 I had the pleasure to participate in a workshop organised by Constant Brussels. The worksession called Alchorisma* took place at Z33, House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium.

trees, spirits, algorithms, stones, rituals, ghosts, witches, codes, analytics, AI’s, things,  shamanism’s, optimisations, walks, songs, propagations, meditations and queerisations
ᗶ = but gate = stop and raise a concern

I applied for Alchorisma, because during the residency Autorama / Exposition et automatisation with OUDEIS in July I learned to look at my use of protocols in research and performance as also related to automatisation. A kind of automatisation that didn’t determine outcome, but ruled behaviour – giving it constraints, while leaving complete freedom to interpretation. I saw alchorisma as an occasion to go further in these thoughts and to open myself up to other than failing rational and artistic approaches of ecotech problematics.

We were divers, of all ages and backgrounds and our first meeting in Hasselt was mediated by shamans. At the start I felt as if I was seeking solutions in concepts I never believed in, that were of the middle ages …, but … There are no solutions, only paths. For 6 days we all together, crossed, stiched, unraveled, mixed,  …

The best way to find out more about the special atmosphere  we were in is to watch Peter Westenberg’s stitchings and to read or listen to the Alchorisma Daily Reflections send to us from Japan by FoAM.

I have been touched, nourished, I changed (a bit), …

a spirit is not a thing, nor is it of the imagination, it’s all encompassing, everywhere, it relates things, trees, humans, stones and whatever … it is a consciousness of entanglement, of interdependence – if you experience it, everything becomes related – it is a mysthical feeling and I, Annie, can call this feeling by touching beautiful old “dying” trees.

how does it feel to be broken?
to be moulded?
to be round?
to be backed?
to be industrial?
to ly down?
to be carved?
to be pushed?
to be in a border?
to be the border?
to have a hole?
to be one of many?
to be made into?
to be among others?
close to another material?
to be erected?
to be square?
how does it feel to be of stone?
to be a stone?
to be stony?

pwWould it be possible to create an algorithm that included human behaviour?, that would evolve over time and in the process integrate aspects of the personnallities of all the participating individuals? With Marika Dermineur of Rybn we decided to run a small test. You can read more about this here : Performing Processes using algorithms / Performing Secret Alchorithms.
What we learned ?

Optimisation has pittfalls.

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Let’s go for Queer Analytics.

Queer Analytics displaces, transposes thought, it is fun to do, is therapeutic for the participant and augments imaginative holding powers for the entangled damage. (my words)

I was so impressed by the session proposed by Femke Snelting during Alchorisma that in January 2019 I proposed a Queer Analytics session for Constallations. Also there and then the methodology convinced as “another logic”.

QÆ = (((♞H1H2F,⚕FNH,♥F)+(⚕IHF,♥H1H2FF)+(⚕IHF)+(♞H1H2F,♥H2NHIHFNH))*ae)/aK ? 🎊🎉

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[H1Ωa, H2ΔΩ, H3Δ, H4ΔΩ,NHΔ≠,,IHΔE≠,,F©Ω]
♞ + ⚕ + ♥ [qHΩa©∃≠,qNHΩE©,qIH∃©,qFΩΔ©≠]
αK

queering: non-identitary, non-essentialist, non-fixed lives → trans*feminist approaches // intersectional, not-only-human, antinormative, affirmative,

analytics (discovery, interpretation, and communication of meaningful patterns in data): a post-positive move. It is urgent to reclaim analytics in non profit experiments. Reclaim analytics as the practice of cutting complexity together apart. Take on both the injuries caused by analytics and also to take on how we might invent/generate/build on an analytics for trans*feminist work that stays with damage,

These textfragments come from the Queering the Damage at Alchorisma. It was based on Queering damage: methodologies for partial reparations… or not, a workshop in Hangar Barcelona by Helen Pritchard, Jara Rocha and Laura Benítez, oct 2018.

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* Alchorisma alludes to the relationships between algorithms, charisma, rhythm, alchemy and karma. Alchorisma is a Constant worksession which looks at integrating cosmogenetic views with the charisma surrounding technology. We look at ways to infect existing algorithmic models with positions that acknowledge the importance of co-existence with non-human entities. (as announced by Constant)

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Iterations

I don’t know where this is going
7/06-23/06
Résidence Itérations.
With
Miriam Raggam
Pascale Barret
Claire Williams
François Zajega
Julien Deswaef
Annie Abrahams

Iterations is a project investigating the future of collaborative artistic practices in a technologically networked context. More background aussi en FR en NL

Iterations is co-ordinated by Peter Westenberg (Constant) and Reni Hofmüller (esc).

Constant
association for art and media, Bruxelles and ESC medien kunst labor, Graz.

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Exposition Imal Bruxelles 23/06/ – 31/07/2016.

Next week we will start our two week residency in Iterations which will finish with an exhibition in Imal. We don’t or hardly know each other, we are very different – age, approach, skills. We talked remotely 4 times so far. We also used a pad to prepare. We don’t know where we are going. There will be maps, moving objects, rasppi’s and a lot of discussion. I feel unsure about my role. I am used to organise things, events, to script people (even myself). This time it feels as if I am in a turmoil, as if I am material, part of something else, I have to let go…

30/06 I couldn’t find my place, I left the project halfway through. Collaboration wasn’t a subject, but something you had to do. Without a structure and roles not clearly defined it became participation in something I hadn’t really chosen.

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Connection Protocols – Artefact Leuven

Angry Women Take 3 & 4, presented in Connection protocols by Constant as part of the Artefact Festival organised around the theme of The Social Contract in Stuk Leuven (Be) .
14/02 – 23/02 2012

Not only people but also bots, search engines and spiders abide by laws and agreements. Whether we email, surf or chat, rules and regulations have an effect on our daily lives and on the way we  move in public space. Which social behavior do governments, companies and regulators project on machines? What is the social contract written into standards and technological infrastructure?

In Connection Protocols, the Brussels-based arts lab Constant gathers research material on how people, machines and environments connect with each other. This collage  of artworks, notes, manuals, instructions, images and texts can be read as a publication that will be edited ‘live’ during the festival period. With this living collection that moves along the stairs of STUK, Constant tries to  balance ‘soft’ factors such as attraction, affection, similarity and curiosity with the prescriptive and indisputable character of formatting, contracts and ‘terms of use’ documents.

http://www.artefact-festival.be/2012/program/detail/59995/language/en

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Verbindingen/Jonctions 12, Brussels

Verbindingen/Jonctions 12
(12de  editie van een tweejaarlijks festival)

We Bedoelen Met Data
Brussel, Belgie, 21-29 november 2009

# Presentatie in de ReferentieRuimte :
Oppera Internettikka – Protection et Sécurité van Annie Abrahams & Igor Stromajer
(Montpellier, Frankrijk, 2006)


V/J12 is een project van Constant, Vereniging voor Kunst en Media.

Drie rode draden weven zich door de 12de editie van het Verbindingen/Jonctions festival.
De eerste, In de schaduw van de grijze literatuur neemt ons mee op een speelse, kritische ontdekkingstocht langs documenten, teksten, commentaren die de elektronische communicatie van op de achtergrond organiseren. De continuïteit van de informatie-flow wordt verzekerd door een massa anonieme documenten (licenties, specificaties, voorwaarden, richtlijnen, standaarden etc.). Alom aanwezige grijze literatuur licht op vanuit de marges en regelt de relatie tussen mens en machine. Ook de relatie die mensen via netwerken onderhouden, wordt door deze literatuur gekaderd, maar wie heeft het recht haar te lezen, te schrijven of uit te voeren ?

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