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Annie Abrahams

empathy and intimacy in networked performances

propinquity, cross-reality, tele-presence, synaesthesia, ideasthesia

After reading Frans de Waal’s book on The Bonobo and the Athesist, I wondered if it would help me to better understand what is happening in networked webcam performance thinking about it in terms of empathy. So I wrote a status :

Would “empathy” be a word to describe what is needed (put at stake) in networked webcam performances?
The discussion this triggered made me realise a lot had happened since we organised the CyPosium in 2012. There seems to be a very lively bunch of people, with new approaches and ways of thinking, working in this field.

Participants :
Suzon FuksWaterwheel platform
Daniel Pinhero and Lisa Parra of LAND project
Helen Varley JamiesonUpstage platform
Ienke Kastelein artist – performer
Martina Ruhsam performer – choreographer
Michael Baird musician
Roger Mills director of ethernet orchestra
Randall Packer of postREALITY.tv
Sara Malinarich from the Intact project
Jason Crouch of Contact Manchester
Jesse Ricke of CultureHub New York.

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After the discussion we started a closed facebook group. If you are interested, please ask to join us, you are very welcome.

The propinquity effect is the tendency for people to form friendships or romantic relationships with those whom they encounter often, forming a bond between subject and friend. Feeling close in networked performance might depend on “the percieved feedback”.

The public can’t be an object/subject for empathy, there are too many different people inside it – empathic skills projected on a public easily become manipulative, become something else.

Physical distance between the persons performing and also between them and the persons watching does allow for intimacy in a very special way. Maybe the intimacy is even connected to a shared sense of awkwardness that the situation implies.

Empathy is a quality, a capacity of one person (as is intelligence, sensibility), not something between persons / it is the capacity “a receptiveness to the rhythms, energy, utterances of the other person” – it is a prerequisite for intimacy.

Rather than empathy it’s about a process of increasing synaesthesia.

What telepresents CAN NOT be present, but we cling stubbornly to this utopia. (Jorge Ruiz Abanades)

Maybe one day there will be another CyPosium …

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A Silent Walk With a White Chair

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A Silent Walk With a White Chair
Performance écrit pour Annie Abrahams par Ienke Kastelein

Exécuté par Annie Abrahams le samedi 4 octobre, entre 11 et 13h
Place des Halles et autour de la mairie d’Angoulême
INTON’ACTION #4 Rencontres internationales de poésie et performances

…Avoid eye contact.
You are the center of the universe.You are a bubble of awareness.
You speak through your actions…

Protocole complet Performance voor Annie Solo IK 2014.pdf. Merci Ienke.

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L’espace et son double

Cette semaine je reçois chez moi au 120 Impasse du Levant

Ronald de Ceuster et Ienke Kastelein

Ienke et Ronald, deux artistes Hollandais qui se connaissaient à peine sont du 23 au 29 juin 2012 ensemble en résidence au LIVING ROOM à Montpellier. Ienke, à l’origine photographe, et Ronald, à ses débuts homme de théâtre évoluent aujourd’hui tous les deux dans le domaine de l’art plastique.

L’espace et son double
Présentation de fin de résidence
Le vendredi 29 juin 2012 à partir de 18h30
LIVING ROOM Espace de création contemporaine
5 rue fouques, 34000 Montpellier
+33 (0)4 34 40 62 00 / +33 (0)6 62 52 61 59

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Angry Women take 5


21 04 2012 19h30
l’ancienne laiterie Les Bouillants, à Vern-sur-Seiche
Angry Women Take 5
vernissage /  opening event of Frontières

With / Avec : Annie Abrahams, Bérénice Belpaire, Ienke Kastelein, Inès Kchaou, Julie Châteauvert, KRN, Laurie Bellanca, Pascale Barret, Paula Roush and Simona Polvani.

12 Minutes long 9 women in front of  their webcams, connected via a common interface to internet, will express their anger, their irritations. In contrast with the four previous performances in the Angry Women series, this time, the women will be able to act on their presence in the interface – this way they will try to get as close as possible to their anger.

Pendant 12 minutes 9 femmes devant leurs webcams, connectées via internet à une interface commune vont exprimer leur colère, leurs énervements. A l’encontre des 4 performances antérieures les femmes vont cette fois-ci pouvoir agir sur leur présence dans l’interface – elles vont ainsi essayer d’être au plus près de leurs colères.


Extrait 2.30 min. on https://vimeo.com/40947840

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Angry Women take 3 & 4

04 12 2011 18:30 Brussels  and online


Capture d’écran de Take 3 en français. vimeo.com/33492100


Screencapture of Take 4 in English. vimeo.com/33498082

Performance: Angry Women take 3 & 4  with Anne Laforet, Annie Abrahams, Antye Greie, Bérénice Belpaire, Hedva Eltanani, Hortense Gauthier, Ienke Kastelein, Jule Chateauvert, Laurence Moletta, Laurie Bellanca, Lucille Calmel, Martina Ruhsam, Olga P Massanet, Pascale Barret and Simona Polvani

Prototypes for · pour · voor transmission

Verbindingen/Jonctions 13
30 November → 4 December 2011

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Upcoming

13/10 20h Unaussprechbarlich, 20th anniversary of FACES, Schaumbad, Graz.
* 28/10 L’entrelangue à trois, Espace o25rjj, Loupian.
* 01/11 19h Paris time – online Apparatus_is {Other-s} Readingclub session for SCRIPTING THE OTHER.
* 09-12/11 Unaussprechbarlich, Frauen-Theater-Festival Theater Antagon, Frankfurt.
* 4-9/12 Qu(o)i <=> agence <=> Quand Résidence Labo NRV Subsistances, Lyon.

* 29/03 15h30 Online En-semble – Entanglement Training with Antye Greie, Helen Varley Jamieson, Soyung Lee, Hương Ngô, Daniel Pinheiro and Igor Stromajer, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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