net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

Web Retro – I only have my name.

I Only Have My Name | 나는 내 이름만 가지고 있을 뿐이다 (1999)
Annie Abrahams| 애니 아브라함스
will be presented in
WEB-RETRO / 웹-레트로 展
12 March – 9 June 2019.

web retro Seoul Museum of Art

This exhibition focuses on the World Wide Web, which has been fundamentally reconditioning communication, image production, consumption and artistic practice for the last 30 years, and revises the new arts that have been tried through the net historically.

An exhibition to commemorate the 30th anniversary of World Wide Web and to illuminate the works and activities based on the internet / experimental works of art using the internet as the form and environment of art.
The purpose of the online archive is to construct a topographical map that can explore the contemporary, cultural, and technological context of internet art, to supplement the exhibition of art galleries contextually and to share information about the flow with a longer breath. 

200 Works of 167 artists, ranging from past attempts at internet art to recent art works based on network and online, are classified by period to provide a foundation for deeper research.

SeMA 립미술 Seoul Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul 2, Project Gallery 2.

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An ideal of transparent identities – am I dreaming?

I only have my name

When in 1999 I did an IRC web performance called “I only have my name” I wrote : “In real life I have the feeling, that the only thing of me that will never change is my name.  In this project I shared this never-changing element with others, so maybe for the first time I was confronted with the abyss of self.” The project confronted me with some aspects of identity that  puzzled me, maybe even embarrassed me. I was aware and comfortable with my personality being multiple and continuously changing, but online, in this experiment, it became completely  fluid. Afterwards I couldn’t even recognize myself in the four texts written by four different Annies. So, indeed the only stable thing, my name, was something that I probably shared with some other persons somewhere in the world and that could be used by everyone in this online environment. I decided not to play with my name any more.
Nowadays besides my name, I also have a lot of information stocked and restocked in databases on servers all over the world.

The process of image management on facebook is already less an outpouring of expression than it is an exercise in omission of information about one’s self” Brad Troemel in Why You Should Make Yourself Someone Else Online (page 98), essay no 11 in his book Peer Pressure (I recommend). This phrase from Brad’s essay  perfectly illustrates tendencies commented on by Sherry Turkle in the book Alone Together (I recommend) and made me think about my actual online identity practice.

Somehow I don’t feel misleading search engines and data mining practices by creating different identities or by becoming more opaque is an option for me – by doing so I would also lose a lot: energie, acces to vulnerabilities etc. I rather think the opposite might work. Opening up all kinds of information, becoming as transparent as possible seems a better tactic.
I don’t even understand myself, I hardly know before, when I will do what with whom, and even less what I might think in a few seconds – how could google or any algorithm know? If I don’t want “them” to make me a fixed identity I should give “them” as much information as possible and “they” will be as lost as I am.
For me there is one more argument for total transparence: If I make available enough data, not two computers in the world will show the same search results for my name and so I will have regained my multiple self.
Am I dreaming?

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  • June 23, 16h, online performance workshop Angry Women, @MagdalenaOnlineFest 
  • June 25th 17h30 and June 26 20h Angry Women online performance @MagdalenaOnlineFest 
  • 27/06 13h participation in 6 Writers Be Like BodyObsolete by Suzon Fuks @MagdalenaOnlineFest 
  • 01/07 online Alcho performance in the frame of the presentation of the Alchorisma website.
  • Ongoing Constallationsss

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