net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

Documenting Digital Art

On March 26, 17h30 – 18h00, we will present BEFORE THE FIRST, a brief glimpse of the diversity of online performance created before 2020, at the Transformation Digital Art 2021 symposium organised by LIMA, Amsterdam.

The Transformation Digital Art symposium is designed as an opportunity to share best practices concerning both artist-led and institutional strategies geared towards the future presentation of born-digital and software-based art. This year the focus of the symposium will be on Documenting Digital Art.

Programme of the symposium:
DAY 1: Wednesday, March 24, 17h30 – 21h30 CET
Workshop 1: Workshop Documentation Digital Art with HEK 18h00-19h30 CET
DAY 2: Thursday, March 25, 17h30 – 21h30 CET
Workshop 2: Workshop Documentation Digital Art with Centre Pompidou 18h00-19h30 CET
DAY 3: Friday, March 26, 17h00 – 19h30 CET
Workshop 3: Workshop Documentation Digital Art with SFMoma 18h00-19h30 CET
For the fully detailed programme visit bit.ly/LIMATDA2021
TICKETS bit.ly/ticketsTDA2021

March 26, 17h30 – 18h00: Discussion with Annie Abrahams (Artist) and Helen Varley Jamieson (artist)
Before the First is a response to the many claims of online “firsts” in 2020. Annie Abrahams, Helen Varley Jamieson and Suzon Fuks aim to draw attention to the long and rich history of online performance, which stretches back to the earliest days of the internet. For some of the artists in Before the first, the performance shown was not their very first online performance. Many early works were never documented, or for other reasons later works have been used. Before the First is a brief glimpse of the diversity of online performance created before 2020. The video is only a very tiny sample of this field of creative work; it is a snapshot and provocation to further exploration of the field, rather than an historical record.

You can watch the recording of our presentation on youtube.

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Digital Canon (1960–2000) of the Netherlands

Nice to find out my work Being Human (1997 – 2007) is part of the Digital Canon (1960–2000) of the Netherlands, yes!
With among others Michel Waisvisz, Martine Neddam, Peter Struycken, JODI, Peter Luining, Jan Robert Leegte, Steina, Jeffrey Shaw …

The Digital Canon was compiled by LIMA media art platform in 2018, in collaboration with Josephine Bosma, Martijn van Boven, Annet Dekker, Sandra Fauconnier and Jan Robert Leegte.
The primary objective of the project is to add these digital works to the collective cultural memory and to fuel the discussion about the selection and preservation of digital art. 

Experts from the field of digital culture selected twenty of the most prominent and influential works made on Dutch soil by artists who lived or worked here over a long period of time.

Being Human is the name of a collection of dynamic, interlinked, net specific works in which Annie Abrahams explores the possibilities and limits of online communication.

Digital Canon artist Annie Abrahams is excited to see the work of Michel Waisvisz on www.digitalcanon.nl. Read her personal statement about his iconic 1984 work The Hands below: “It was so nice to see Michel Waisvisz in the Digital Canon. When I was still studying biology (end seventies) I saw several performances by him (in Middelburg with Moniek Toebosch and in the Apollohuis in Eindhoven with, I think, Paul Panhuyzen). It might have been my first experience with art outside the context of an official museum. I loved the freedom, the possibilities to mix different art domains (and technology), the improvisations and Michel’s relation to the stage and his instruments. In hindsight I think this contributed largely in me going to an art school a few years later.” – Annie Abrahams

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Cultural Matter: Olia Lialina

Olia Lialina‘s distributed Summer GIF will be exhibited in the Cultural Matter program of LIMA Amsterdam.

24 Nov. 2017 – 3 Jan. 2018.
24 Nov. 8pm. Opening.

I am happy to be distantly part of this – I am swinging with Olia since 2013 http://bram.org/olia/summer.

At LIMA, this leading artwork will see itself in a new site specific presentation that will be enriched with documentation material. During the exhibition two public events will take place to shed light on both the art historical and material implications of the work.

…. The animation’s 18 still images are located on 26 different websites, with each site redirecting the browser from one server to the next, displaying the images in sequence, thus creating a cross-domain animation. ….

Cultural Matter is a series of exhibitions and events that provides a platform for the international discussion of digital art and aims to develop new strategies for the presentation and preservation of these artworks.

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Upcoming / ongoing

  • May 24 – August 2, Séparation in Afterflash exhibition, ELO’s The NEXT
  • 24-28/08 Constallationz : la matinale, 3 émissions radio, Résidence Espace Gantner, Bourogne.
  • 19/05 – 19/11 2021 Moving Paintings (1998), Sans Objet, Centre Pompidou.
  • PWEM, Art was only a substitute for the Internet, The Wrong Biennial, 2021-2022.
  • Distant Movements with Muriel Piqué and Daniel Pinheiro – ongoing
  • End of 2021 Distant Feelings with Daniel Pinheiro – yearly reconnexion

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