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Annie Abrahams

Huis Clos / No Exit – Tout va Bien
Reality needs to be trapped in order to be available for thought

Huis Clos / No Exit – Tout va Bien
demo – performance, 30 March 2011
for the “Self-Reflexivity and Cinéma Verité” session
curated by Martine Neddam for the Studium Generale 2011
Cinema Clash Continuum – Film & History in the age of Godard
Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam.

Annie Abrahams with: Balthazar Berling, Lola Bezemer, Rozemarijn Hermans,Tirza Kater, Alexander Laurie and Anna Orlikowska

Interface development : Estelle Senay – Théâtre Paris – Villette
Videocapture : Bérénice Belpaire
More information on the seminar

I spend one afternoon with the students to prepare this demo – performance. Before we had some email exchanges. Here is the content of one of these mails :

“I don’t want to tell stories, neither am I interested in his stories – in history, maybe in her stories, but that’s another subject…
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Self-Reflexivity and Cinéma Verité

Studium Generale 2011

March 28 – April 1
Gerrit Rietveld Academie

March 30 13:30 – 22:30
Tout Va Bien – Self-Reflexivity and Cinéma Verité
Curated by:
Martine Neddam
Annie Abrahams, Josephine Bosma, Călin Dan, Praneet Soi, Michael Uwemedimo

video text archives

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Huis Clos/ No Exit – On Translation – documentation

… It felt like touching upon and establishing an early grammar of this new – our  – language… and improvising on it…” Ursula Endlicher.

…I am excluded from future conversations with the others by my own mono-cultural being and perspective. It is not the same as being deaf though, more like aphasia. The fact that I don’t understand the others’ words sensitises me to the tone and timbre of their voices- taps into a more emotional part of me. I feel like a teenager…” Ruth Catlow.

…We reveal … what I call a connected world finally disconnected!” Nicolas Frespech.

…Where narcissicism becomes kaleidoscopic….” Martine Neddam.

…In a way I found this performance very political: it showed us all the tensions of being both unique and multiple, the difficulties both technical and relational that entails having to invent a common ground that does not erase any particularities...” Bérénice Belpaire.

More reactions by the performers and the public (online and at NIMk), Performance protocol, Photos:
Short, 8 min version
Long, 30 min version

Ruth has been understood by all, but didn’t understand any one of the others.
Nicolas has been understood by Annie, Ursula and Igor. He only understood Ruth.
Igor wasn’t understood by anyone. He understood us all.
Usula has been understood by Annie and Igor, maybe also Paolo? She understood all but Igor.
Paolo has been understood by Igor and maybe Ursula. He understood all but Igor and Annie?
Anniehas been understood by Igor and Ursula. She understood Nicolas, Ruth and Ursula.


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* 29/03 15h30 Online En-semble – Entanglement Training Online performance directed by Annie Abrahams with Antye Greie, Helen Varley Jamieson, Soyung Lee, Hương Ngô, Daniel Pinheiro and Igor Stromajer, Art of the Networked Practice symposium, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
* April, Residency Lingagens in Künstlerhaus Villa Waldberta, Feldafing, Germany.
Magdalena München, 21/4 19h30 unaussprechbarlich, theater  Hoch X, München, 25/4 19h30, Meta Theater, Moosach.

* 26/05 12:00pm (UTC-4) Online performance directed by Curt Cloninger with Annie Abrahams, Alma Alloro, Jason Scott Furr, Carrie Gates, Peter Kusek, Justin Lincoln, Rosa Menkman, Randall Packer.
* 1,2,3 juin Festival Ecrire en Mouvement Montpellier. 1 juin Intervention avec Jen Dick.

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