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Annie Abrahams

Keeping in touch (with an unknown other)

Keeping in touch (with an unknown other) – Annie Abrahams

Saturday 8 Nov, 5-7pm & Sunday 9 Nov, 4-6pm

Networked Bodies – Digital Performance Weekender at Watermans, 40 High Street Brentford TW8 0DS London

Curated by Maria Chatzichristodoulou (aka Maria X) and Irini Papadimitriou

Two people will create together an image of touch using webcams. Under physical constraints of the used technology, which recalls those suffered by our body during daily computer use, they will touch each other in a vacuum. The public can see both, the created image in a video projection of two webcams and the two bodies positioned in space resembling living sculptures and minimal dance.
Streaming: Ivan Chabannaud

Complete programme

Related to Touched and Manipulated. Merci à La Tapisserie.



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ANGRY 1 & 2

12 12 2012 19h, 24h – Paris time – find your local time
Online in the multi-platform programme of the UpStage Festival of Cyberformance.
Two performances for Testing – 1 2, 1 2, 1 2
IRL 18h30 à Kawenga territoires numériques, Montpellier

Annie Abrahams with/avec Derek Piotr, Ursula Endlicher, Bérénice Belpaire, Laurie Bellanca, Gretta Louw, Antye Greie, Martina Ruhsam, Sébastien Zaegel, Christophe Alix, Simona Polvani, Pascale Barret, Julie Châteauvert, Ienke Kastelein, Suzon Fuks, Gaetan Rusquet and Igor Stromajer.

Streaming interface: Ivan Chabanaud – Kawenga scène(s) numérique(s)
Technical assistence: Jan de Weille

ANGRY will be the 7th and 8th performances in the frame of Angry Women: an artistic research project on remote communication and collaboration using anger as a pretext. You can also say that it is an artistic research project on female anger using webcam performances as a facilitator.

So far six experiments have been done. Five different approaches with only women and one with only men. Testing 12,12,12 will be the occasion to continue this series and to experiment with a mixed male / female version for the first time.

Information, images, vid(eé)os, text(e)s:

ANGRY est le septième volet du projet Angry Women, un projet de recherche artistique concernant la communication et la collaboration à distance en utilisant la colère comme prétexte. On pourrait également dire que c’est un projet de recherche artistique autour de la colère féminine qui utilise des performances en ligne comme méthode.

Jusqu’à maintenant, six expérimentations avec des approches différentes ont eu lieu. Cinq performances avec ne que des femmes et une avec seulement des hommes. Testing 12,12,12 est l’occasion de faire une performance mixte pour la première fois.

Performance protocol en français .pdf
Performance protocole in English .pdf 

9 Screengrabs ANGRY 1 …
10 Screengrabs ANGRY 2 …

“La colère, si elle est prétexte au départ, ne s’est pas sentie, directement, mais plutôt qu’une réaction primaire elle semble plutôt donner naissance à une expression profondément singulière, peut être une manière de “déjouer” l’adversaire en lui proposant une forme non pas qui l’écrase ou le domine, mais qui pourrait peut être, un court moment lui faire perdre les pédales, ou les manettes: “I don’t want to be manipulated“. A l’heure ou n’importe quelle information s’échange, se télécharge, se pirate, se récupère, se contrôle, où on pourrait remplacer le mot “information” par le mot “vie”, ta proposition condense un temps absolument autre et absolument vrai à la fois, qui, si on reparle de l’adversaire, pourrait bien lui échapper…enfin!” Réaction par mail de Jean-Marc Demay .pdf

ANGRY 1 projection at Kawenga territoires numériques

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Huis Clos / No Exit – Remediating the Social

Three public preparation sessions / Three performances

Remediating the Social – ELMCIP conference
Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with New Media Scotland and University College Falmouth

With Annie Abrahams, Ruth Catlow, Ursula EndlicherNicolas Frespech and Igor Stromajer.

The project is a follow-up of Huis Clos / No Exit – On Translation presented on 29/05/2010 at NIMk in Amsterdam.

This time the preparations for the performances are public.
Via you can see us. You can comment, do suggestions, give ideas in a separate chatwindow.

Preparation as Performance
Preparation 1  :  25 October 6pm GMT
Preparation 2  :  2 November 2pm GMT (find you local time)
Preparation 3  :  3 November 2pm GMT (find you local time)

Performances :
1 November 8pm GMT
A networked performance Exposition on the New Aesthetic
Edinburgh College of Art

free entrance without reservation
Online>(find you local time)

2 and 3 November 3.30pm GMT
Edinburgh College of Art

streaming interface Ivan Chabanaud
technical assistance Jan de Weille

Will we choose to use more or even less rules? Will we need a leader or continue without one? Maybe Ruth will become a leader naturally because she is only one authorized to use English, the language understood by all. What can we share? How can we position ourselves? What kind of voice will be possible?

More information including an image and a .pdf of the first preparation session :
Information en français.

25/10/2012 5pm, email to performers :

Never panic. Nothing can go wrong.
Even if all but you disappear the performance goes on, the others will come back.
Networks are fragile.

What will we do :
Work together to get an idea for the performance of next Thursday (when we will only speak our mother tongues)
Decide together what we will do next Thursday, when there is an official ELMCIP performance announced and to be executed in front of the conference public.
Today we are allowed to speak English.

5 min VideoCollage of the final 3 performances (70 min)
I – Exposition on the New Aesthetic.
II – Newer Aesthetic.
III – The internet is not as good as it was yesterday.

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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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