net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

Reariting a conversation between Rhea Myers & Mckenzie Wark 

fascist encryption, conspiracies, why own?, provenance, deskilling, collecting, glitch, commons, civil liberties, ownership

Friday March 4 2022. A reariting* based on a conversation between Rhea Myers & Mckenzie Wark published on OUTLAND.
With Brian Droitcour, Ruth Catlow, Gretta Louw, Daniel Temkin and Annie Abrahams.

Some image snippets:

Because I, Annie, felt Myers & Wark‘s conversation contained a lot of interesting points that I didn’t really understand, I organized a reariting* of its publication on OUTLAND. I was/am struggling to comprehend issues around NFT’s, chains and DAO’s, and hoped reariting the conversation would clear up my mind.
It worked, I learned a lot.
A big thanks to my very generous co-reariters.
Here is the .pdf to check us out:

*Reariting is the act of simultaneous reading and writing together on the Internet. Reariting is a feminist technique to think through a text together. While reading a text, all participants use the same framapad to write their reactions and asides related to the text, thus exploring their understandings and misunderstandings of it. Reariting is about thinking and learning, finding links, soft and blind spots, returning and kneading. It always starts somewhere in the middle, and somehow never ends.

Filed under: Collective writing, research, , , , , , , , ,

Daniel Temkin – Reading as Writing, Coding as Public Performance

esotericheader… the code poem* by Abrahams brought with it the nullified performativity of the code itself. It was filled with references to the body and to exchanges with other human beings and the machine, emphasizing the gestures that fail to completely traverse those divides. … 

… Reading Club builds on Abraham’s career in testing the power and limitation of online interaction and collaboration, but Apparatus_is {Other-s} in particular draws from the experience as living between languages. …

In Reading as Writing, Coding as Public Performance, Daniel Temkin / esoteric.codes wrote about the latest ReadingClub performance, part of The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale in the @ scripting the other pavilion curated by noemata. Thanks Daniel for making the links to other parts of my work apparent.

ESOTERIC.CODES PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES AS EXPERIMENTS, JOKES, AND EXPERIENTIAL ART ESOTERIC.CODES

* Apparatus_is {Other-s}

#include
using namespace std;
style.display=“none”;
enum t{block, deep, variable, too_hot);
AI = on;
gender = void; //the woman, the perman, the woson, the huwo, the homofemme, the famal, the malelle, the mascinin, the femulin, the hom’man, the Mensch//
var other;
var machine;
var text;
var airtemperature=variable;
var noise,s;
var bandwidth;
var theory=0; // start without

int you(char *u, int other)
{
Entangle (int body, char *machine[]){entangle};
while (cin >> text & cin >>~theory)
{ if (exists(u)) Superposition(u) ;
else u=explode(text, noise, theory, machine);
Diffract () {diffract}; //always diffract
theory+=s;}
Smooth_talk::c-out < return body++;
}

// Apparatus_is {other-s} obsolete??

Superposition(constant char *u)
{ s=::superposition(u);}

/* warning 3262: possible incorrect inference at line 20 */

Annie Abrahams, November 2017.

Filed under: Articles / Texts, Languages, networked performance, , , , ,

NetVVorth counterfeit (Curt Cloninger – Reading Club – Mez)

transcryption
“Authorship fades but data lasts forever”
NetVVorth offers counterfeit works by and of legit netartists.

A few days ago I found this image of the ReadingClub session with Curt Cloninger, Alan Sondheim, Helen Varley Jamieson, Lucille Calmel and Pascale Gustin based on a text by Mez as a part of a new work called transCRyPTion [alan-turing-has-a-posse] done by Daniel Temkin and Mez in the online net art show NetVVorth.
If you pay some bitcoins you can get access to a transCRYPTion CODEpoem engine. But I don’t posess bitcoins so I had to be content with the free and impotent TRANScryPTION prototype.pdf, which tells you how the machine works and where you also find 9 (beautiful) bigger screencaptures of the same ReadingClub session. Finally at the end there are credits and some links. One goes to the Reading Club session (pffft) and another to what I recognize as Curt Cloningers website and now immediately I become aware it is indeed his voice and his videos that are used in TRANScryPTION. He must be the counterfeiter. And when he promotes the same work in an email on the netbehaviour mailing list I decide to ask him for some explanations.

posse
The funny thing is, my “forgery” of Mez’s writing isn’t even a “true forgery.” It is more like a remix of a collaborative rewriting of one of Mez’s pieces, some of the text of which I “myself” did “originally” and “actually” write.  You can see the “authentic authorship” disintegrating and being pulverized.

The whole thing is basically a lie. It’s just two videos I made, an animated gif I made, and some lines I drew connecting them. Then there is a link to a downloadable pdf explaining a bunch of complicated and confusing instructions that don’t work. Even the bitcoin version doesn’t work. So the whole piece is supposed to be a machine that causes the viewer to question the “truth” of code, language, authorship, and art markets.

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