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Annie Abrahams

#PEAE published in ebr

It touches on my inability, unwillingness to categorize my work and where that leads.

Published: Abrahams, Annie. “#PEAE Participative Ethology in Artificial Environments”, Electronic Book Review, May 3, 2020.

Pondering on my relation to electronic literature / e-lit for the eloCork 2019 conference, where is was invited, I was surprised to discover how strong that was. My interest for text and translation has pervaded my all over, what? … networked practice …
I am happy that the article that resulted from the venture has been published in the Electronic book Review. (thanks eo-Cork and ebr) My only regret is that I didn’t mention my ongoing e-stranger – What language does to you or not. – project.

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Writing New Bodies

In her keynote lecture “‘These Waves …’: Writing New Bodies for Applied E-literature Studies”, Prof. Astrid Ensslin called Ne me touchez pas / Don’t touch me” (2003) a work of Agency Art- yess! thanks!

ELO2019, University College Cork, July 17, 2019. (17:50 – 20:20)

She also humoristically pointed to e-lit’s tendency to create overlapping, opposing, confusing generation categories and talked about gazes – male, white, colonial, medical, thin-bodied, female, voyeuristic, ergodic: “a … forcefully enacted gaze which”…”physically enacts the gaze of the beholder” to end up presenting the Writing New Bodies project.

In her talk Prof Ensslin reassesed the social and psychological possibilities of e-lit research and practice by riding a new wave of applied, interventionist e-lit scholarship. She reports on the methods and early findings of the “Writing New Bodies” project, which aims to develop a digital fiction for a new form of contemporary, digital-born bibliotherapy. In following the principles of critical community codesign and feminist participatory action research, WNB engages young women ages 18-25 in envisioning worlds where they feel at home in their bodies.

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Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3


Reading Club (2013 – ….) included in
Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3.

The result is a material representation of the reader’s presence in the text. As the readers type, cut and paste, delete, format, and transform the text, the text becomes a conversational space in which read not just the text but each other’s interventions, guessing each other’s goals as they collaborate, riff, joust, and subvert each other.

February 2016, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Electronic Literature Organization, ISSN: 1932-2016.
Editors : Stephanie Boluk, Jacob Garbe, Anastasia Salter, and Leonardo Flores.

Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3. 1.0 – Launched February 18, 2016. The core ELC3, complete with works and editorial commentary, launched at the “Matter of Bits” exhibition at Rutgers University Camden. This first iteration is online-only and links to live versions of works currently available on the web, whenever possible.

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Gender Dissent across Mediated Literary Works

adalogoRule-guided Expression: Gender Dissent across Mediated Literary Works by Kristin Allukian and Mauro Carassai.

Published in Ada Issue #8. Ada is a journal of gender new media and technology.

“This paper is concerned with the examination of rule-guided cultural and thematic battles enacted by women writers in two historical moments—the late nineteenth- and early twenty-first centuries—against the dominant cultural institutions of their time. Such battles, evaluated in the Anglophone world of letters at large, bring to light women’s often inconspicuous strategies for legislating new mechanisms of written expression within the established authoring and reading practices of their times.

Both the mobility-limited late nineteenth century society and the apparently digitally-democratized twenty-first century seem to call for female writing subjects, who are often seen at the margins of the “social factory,” to intervene through specific literary acts of disturbance. Such acts of disturbance, when closely analyzed, can be seen as both exposing and altering the rule-based systems in which these authors are confrontationally embedded.


In envisioning the routes of such processes of imagination-based social practices moving from the ideally American radiating center, Dutch e-literature author Annie Abrahams, who has been living in France since 1987, and Australian codework poet Mary-Anne Breeze (also known as Mez) can be seen as modern Anglophone literary catalysts of the instances of the previously discussed nineteenth-century American writers such as Alcott, Phelps, Blake, and Jewett in a world increasingly imposing norms and standards both in digital labor and language-based technological expressions. Our brief analysis of works such as Abrahams’s Separation/Séparation or Mez’s 07/08 highlights how female electronic writing seems both to update the abovementioned three elements detected in the women’s career literature and translate them into the pragmatic dimension of digitally-mediated language expression.”

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introtofrenchlitQuelle plaisir de me retrouver parmi ces auteurs dans un cours d’introduction à la littérature française aux Etats Unis.

Jonathan Baillehache propose la hypothèse que mes oeuvres dans “Being Human 1997/1998”, sont des poèmes. Il demande à ses étudiants de formuler quelle définition de la poésie amène cette hypothèse, et en passant par le constat que “un poème est toujours une machine” leur donne une première réponse.

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ça a toujours quelque chose d’extrême un poème

“Reading Club, par exemple, se présente comme un espace interprétatif en constante élaboration dans lequel une équipe de lecteurs est chargée de commenter (avec Etherpad) une oeuvre choisie, en un temps limité et selon des contraintes déterminées. Or, l’exercice ne s’effectue pas à partir d’un dispositif marginal qui permettrait de distinguer et l’oeuvre et son commentaire : les lecteurs sont au contraire invités à la travailler de l’intérieur, en son centre même, de manière à la modifier :”

Peut-on reconnaître la littérature numérique ? (II) oeuvres et performances
Mark Jahjah
sur des oeuvres proposées lors du festival Chercher le texte dans  son blog Marginalia – Savoir(s) d’annotateurs

Reading Club

Ainsi, seuls des couleurs et des éléments typographiques matérialisent l’action de lecteurs anonymisés. On comprend l’objectif d’un tel exercice, nourri par les théories postsructuralistes sur la lecture, qui font du geste interprétatif un acte qui réalise l’oeuvre (l’actualise), la rend effective non pas pour un lecteur mais pour le lecteur, paradoxalement phénoménologisé (puisqu’il s’incarne dans le même temps). Plus intéressants, les commentaires des spectateurs (car nous étions aussi conviés à participer périphériquement à l’expérience) disent l’attente et révèlent la présence de corps (“10 = more coffee!!!”), traduisent plus fondamentalement l’interrogation face au dispositif  à travers des formules phatiques (“Can you see that ?”). C’est donc un trouble qui s’exprime, celui de la représentation du corps à l’écran (“je suis une couleur ?”), doublé d’une interrogation sur les conditions de possibilité d’une telle entreprise, alors même que les compétences techniques et communicationnelles des uns et des autres sont très différentes. La nature des commentaires finit ainsi par polliniser le texte central, comme si ce constat ne pouvait que déborder les cadres de l’écriture : “ça a toujours quelque chose d’extrême un poème”.

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merci Jonathan

Ravie de me retrouver à la suite de Proust, Roubaud, Sarraute, Beckett, Hiedsieck, Mallarmé et Queneau dans le Cours de culture et civilisation française Nouveaux Médias et Littérature de University of Georgia, USA

Jonathan Baillehache propose en analyse “Être humain” (1997/1998) et en particulier la pièce “comprendre?” à ses étudiants.

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#ReadingClub #Mez #chercherletexte

23 – 09 – 2013
20h Paris time (find you local time)

Session based on 3.9.11 _i_dentity_x _or[s]c[h]ism_ (2005-09-29 06:17) by Mez Breeze
from Human Readable Messages published by Traumawien

With Alan Sondheim, Curt Cloninger, Helen Varley Jamieson, Lucille Calmel and Pascale Gustin

– Online
Go to and wait for the performance to start. There is a chatwindow where you can exchange, discuss and comment on the performance.

– BPI, centre Pompidou, Paris
Projection of the online ReadingClub session + performance by Annie Abrahams and Emmanuel Guez
In the frame of Locating the Text – International Digital Literature Events

Pourquoi avons-nous choisi un texte de Mary-Ann (Mez) Breeze ?

Play the session as a film :



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Electronic Literature Collection Volume Two

Separation / Séparation (2002) included in
The Electronic Literature Collection Volume Two.

The game and dialogue among artist, machine, and reader facilitates a general reflection on the role of the body in processes of reading and writing.”

February 2011,  College Park, Maryland: Electronic Literature Organization
ISSN: 1932-2011
Editors : Laura Borràs, Talan Memmott, Rita Raley and Brian Kim Stefans

The Electronic Literature Collection Volume Two has been published (with identical contents) on the web and on DVD-ROM. This dual publication is intended to allow the volume to reach the broadest audience possible and to provide for reading, classroom use, sharing, and reference on and off the network. Anyone can request a free DVD-ROM from: Electronic Literature Organization / Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) / B0131 McKeldin Library / University of Maryland / College Park, MD 20742.

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Beyond Convention?, Key note, Symposium Cyberperformance: Artistic and Pedagogical Practices, 29 - 30 June, Gambelas Campus, University of Algarve.

ffaille and con flicting, multilingual animated poetry, made for ELO 2023 (12-15/07).

Bientôt! Entretien au sujet de Distant Movements Annie Abrahams, Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau, Alix de Morant, Dabiel Pinheiro, Muriel Piqué, p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e Création Research Vol.6 | 2022.

8 oktober 2023 tot en met 1 april 2024, Being Human presented in REBOOT, Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.

Constallationsss with Alice Lenay, Pascale Barret, Alix Desaubliaux et occasionellement Gwendoline Samidoust et Carin Klonowski.

Distant Movements with Muriel Piqué and Daniel Pinheiro.

(E)stranger. Research on What language does to you or not.

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