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Annie Abrahams

The Personal & the Politics of Language

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Gretta Louw reviews Abrahams’ book from estranger to e-stranger: Living in between languages, and finds that not only does it demonstrate a brilliant history in performance art, but, it is also a sharp and poetic critique about language and everyday culture.

The Personal & the Politics of Language: Digital Colonialism & Annie Abrahams’ (E)stranger
Review by Gretta Louw on Furtherfield, 08/03/2016.

from estranger to e-stranger is an almost dadaist, associative, yet powerful interrogation of the accepted wisdoms, the supposed logic of language, and the power structures that it is routinely co-opted into enforcing.

Abrahams’ project is timely, especially now that we are all (supposedly) living in an infinitely connected, post-cultural/post-national, online society, we are literally “living between languages”. The book is an excellent resource, because it is not a coherent, textual presentation of a thesis; of one way of thinking. It is, like the true face of the internet, a collection, a sample, of various thoughts, opinions, ideas, and examples from the past.

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Choose Your Muse – interview

politics, art, influences, encounters, difficulties, uniqueness, inspiration, iritation, understanding

Marc Garrett interviewed me for the Choose Your Muse series on Furtherfield.
http://www.furtherfield.org/features/interviews/choose-your-muse-interview-annie-abrahams


And he made this image to go with it, Thanks Marc!

Other interviews in this series so far : Mike Stubbs, Igor Stromajer, Jeremy Bailley and Lynn Hershman Leeson.

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Entretien Poptronics ReadingClub Interview

Avec le Reading Club, la lecture n’est pas un impensé

Entretien de Emmanuel Guez et Annie Abrahams par Annick Rivoire pour poptronics.
On pourrait croire (à tort), que le “Reading Club” est un mélange de “Fight Club” et de “Bookfighting”. Sauf que l’activité du “Reading Club” est avant tout la lecture, mais une lecture active, en réseau, participative, collaborative et performative.

…Ce que révèle le “Reading Club”, c’est qu’une lecture et une écriture en commun passent par l’émotion, par des tensions, par des lignes de force, mais aussi par une certaine euphorie. Tout acte d’écriture implique une certaine violence symbolique…

…Nous voulons plutôt créer une situation de confrontation, poser au lecteur la question de savoir comment choisir sa place, son attitude envers les autres qui traitent et maltraitent le texte en même temps que lui, de le mettre dans la situation de voir évoluer une pensée à laquelle il participe, mais qu’il ne maîtrise pas…

In the Reading Club, reading is not unthought

Annick Rivoire interviews Annie Abrahams and Emmanuel Guez about their recent project the “Reading Club“. The project, which experiments with an active, participatory, collaborative and performative reading on the Internet, chose Furtherfield as a host for its 4th online session. The following interview provides an interesting introduction to the ideas behind it.

BauwensFurtherfieldPopScreen capture of a test session of the Reading Club from a text on P2P by Michel Bauwens, the colors represent the interventions of the different “readers.”

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#ReadingClub #McKenzie Wark #ARPANET dialogues

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Organised with Furtherfield two online performance sessions of the Reading Club
8pm London time

October 21st
Session  based on a chunk of A Hacker Manifesto by McKenzie Wark.[version 4.0]
with Aileen Derieg, Cornelia SollfrankDmytri Kleiner and Marc Garrett.
Recording and chatlog :
Hacking – The Hacker Manifesto

October 22nd
Session  based on a part of one of the ARPANET dialogues from 1975 -1976.
with Alessandro Ludovico, Jennifer Chan, Lanfranco Aceti and Ruth Catlow. They reenacted this historic collision in a contemporary context.
Recording and chatlog :
Postinternet is net.art’s undefined bastard child – ARPANET dialogues

Reading Club  proposes a text and an interpretive arena to 4 readers. These readers write together their reading of a text inside the text itself. The audience sees an evolving, cinematographic picture of thoughts and collaborative writing in the making.

Reading Club is

* an intertextual play and an interpretive arena

* a device to explore reading on the web

* a factory of moving texts

* testing (once more) the status of the author

* a place where the public has a voice

More info also in English : readingclub.fr/info

ReadingClub is supported by Dicréam.

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Review ‘Training for a Better World’ by Annie Abrahams

By Michael Szpakowski published in
http://humanistesvirtuals.blogspot.fr
and also in
http://www.furtherfield.org/features

“Nice review! I’m not so sure that I agree with all the assertions at the beginning – …works of art are not messages but objects. They don’t say things nor ask questions, nor assert, nor investigate. Neither do they as objects have messages somehow encoded or embedded within them. To assert otherwise is a massive category error.– but I very much like the way this is written; the descriptiveness of it, telling us what Annie’s work is like as well as what you think of it; and that nice epiphany on which you finish.Edward Picot

“When you remove yourself from the perpetual frothy churn of art_writing_lite on the net, you get insightful, empathetic, reflective writing like this.” Play Damage

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Performance is Reality

12 11 2012 6pm Global Concept Exchange – Collaboration & Community.
Invitation Randall Packer, CallArts Open Source Studio.
Guest speakers: Marc Garrett, and Ruth Catlow, Furtherfield.org, with Annie Abrahams, Helen Varley Jamieson, Nathaniel Stern, Andy Deck.

Performance is Reality.
“If there was any doubt about intimacy in the telematic embrace, you just need to experience it for yourself. As Annie Abrahams pointed out – who led us in a telematic happening last Friday – it’s not really a theoretical question, it’s experiential. The simplicity of her thesis is staggering. You can question, analyze, and research this problem until the cows come home, but put twenty people in front of a webcam via video-conference, and well, the proof is in the pudding. All that was required to complete the moment was to be there, even though “being there” in the virtual space poses yet another theoretical can of worms.” Randall Packer in Up close and personal with Furtherfield.

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Being Social – Opening exhibition at the new Furtherfield Gallery


Angry Women‘ by Annie Abrahams, 2011. (From photograph by Michael Szpakowski)

The exhibition Being Social brings together artworks by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists:
Annie Abrahams, Karen Blissett, Ele Carpenter, Emilie Giles, moddr_ , Liz Sterry and Thomson and Craighead.

Saturday 25 February – Saturday 28 April 2012 (Closed 6-7 April)

Since the mid-90s computers have changed our way of being together. First the Internet then mobile networks have grown as cultural spaces for interaction – wild and banal, bureaucratic and controlling – producing new ways of ‘being social’. Visitors are invited to view art installations, software art, networked performances and to get involved with creative activities to explore how our lives – personal and political – are being shaped by digital technologies.

Location
Furtherfield Gallery
McKenzie Pavilion, Finsbury Park
London N4 2NQ
T: +44 (0)20 8802 2827
E: info@furtherfield.org

Opening Event: Saturday 25 February 2012, 1-4pm
Press View: Friday 2 March 2012, 10-12 noon
rsvp: info@furtherfield.org

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Shared Still Life – Nature Morte Partagée


telematic Installation télématique,  screen capture 12 2 2010

Du 12/02/2010 à 13h00 au 21/03/2010 à 18h00
jeudi au samedi Kawenga – territoires numériques à Montpellier

Open 12 February – 20 March 2010, 12-5pm
Thursday – Saturday, HTTP gallery, London

And also / et aussi en direct sur selfworld.net

Presentation du projet pendant l’émission  radio “spéciale Kawenga” animée par Vincent Cavaroc et Christian Coste qui s’est déroulée en public à Kawenga en direct sur Divergence FM de 19h30 à 21h.  le 1é février 2010  http://www.kawenga.org/accueil.php?q=pres

Installation 26 2 2010 à Kawenga Montpellier Photo S-A Biller
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If not you not me – expo


HTTP Gallery
Unit A2, Arena Design Centre
71 Ashfield Road
London N4 1N4

+44(0)77 3700 2879
Open 12 February – 20 March 2010
Open Thursday – Saturday, 12-5pm
Private view and performances: Friday, 12 February 2010, 6:30-9pm
Contact: lauren [AT] furtherfield [DOT] org

Annie Abrahams (b. NL 1954 , lives and works FR), is an internationally regarded pioneer of networked performance art. If not you not me at HTTP Gallery in London is the first solo exhibition of her work in the UK. Where social networking sites make us think of communication as clean and transparent, Annie Abrahams creates an Internet of feeling – of agitation, collusion, ardour and apprehension. This exhibition presents three new collaborative works alongside documentation of recent networked performances created and curated by the artist.

More information

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Coming Out of One’s Bubble

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An interview with Annie Abrahams and Albertine Meunier  by Cyril  Thomas, French art historian and art critic, who posed his questions by mail separately to each artist.

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/interviews/coming-out-ones-bubble

Annie Abrahams was born in Hilvarenbeek, the Netherlands. Since 1985 she lives in France. She has a doctorate in biology (University of Utrecht) and is a graduate in fine arts (Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten Arnhem).

Catherine Ramus aka Albertine Meunier is a net artist and DIY artist who lives at Vitry-sur-Seine, France.

Keywords: browser art, code art, database, dialogue, d.i.y, installation, interactive, interplay, Internet Art, networked art, interview, media art, narrative, net art, networked, video, performance…

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Upcoming

* 19/03 2017 Presentation in Avant-garde, theatre and everything else, Łódź, Poland. Invitation Ryszard W. Kluszczynski.
* 21-24/03 2017 Workshops Performance en réseau.
23/03 18h30. Conférence Performances dé-matérialisées? CNAC, Châlons-en-Champagne.
* 18/06 2017 11h. Talk Networked performance art and engagement, Internet, Arte y Compromiso, Centre Culturel Puertas de Castilla (Murcia).
* 19/06 2017 19h. Une pratique du texte numérique qui dévoile. Invitation Yan Rucar, Centre culturel international de Cerisy-la-Salle.
* 18-22/07 Performance Ours Lingages, ELO 2017, University Fernando Pessoa, Porto.

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