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Annie Abrahams

Performing Alchorithms – IUR

Recently I posted a short article Performing Alchorithms? on the website of the Institute of Unnecessary Research* founded by Anna Dumitriu in 2004.

In the article I explain the background of the invitation to participate in a private Alcho performing session. Alcho = Performing Alchorithms = Sharing processes through evolving protocols.

In Alcho** Annie Abrahams asks: Is it possible to create an algorithm that includes human behaviour, that evolves over time and in the process integrates aspects of the personalities of all the participating individuals? Because there are humans involved Annie thinks the project will probably turn out to be an erratic, iterative, evolving, experiential happening.

While at the start I was interested in the evolving of a performance when treated as an algorithm executed by humans, this interest later moved to the written traces; to the written instruction sets, as markers of the evolving Alcho processed through humans by writing and performing.

Choreography/algorithm by Naoto Hieda*** after Alcho performance during the Alchorisma**** platform presentation 01/07/21

Do you also want to experience Alcho? Contact me privately and I will also perform for you.

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* The Institute of Unnecessary Research, or IUR as it is often known, presents a new paradigm in the way artists are engaging with the world through trans-disciplinary arts practices. Part arts collective, part think tank, the IUR is a global hub for researchers and artists working experimentally, and deeply engaged with curiosity-driven research.

** Alcho has originally been developped with RYBN during Alchorisma: a work-session organised by Z33 and Constant in December 2018.

*** Naoto Hieda lately wrote about Best Practices in Contemporary Dance a queer form of conversation between technology and bodies.

**** Alchorisma alludes to the relationships between algorithms, charisma, rhythm, alchemy and karma. It looks at integrating cosmogenetic views with the charisma surrounding technology, at ways to infect existing algorithmic models with ideologies that acknowledge the importance of co-existence with non-human entities.

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