net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

more precursors – a kisstory

You can make a story of telematic communication by looking at how people experiment with distanced kissing over time. Can you?

Kit-Sherrie-composite-kiss_edit_a3txt_150_dc(Image from the collections of Galloway & Rabinowitz)

In 1975, five years before their groundbreaking Hole-in-Space piece, Sherrie Rabinowitz and Kit Galloway used a selfmade experimental setup in the Sony Salon on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Kit had a key and so they could use it after the opening hours of the showroom.
Kit and Sherrie did a lot of “Aesthetic Research in Telecommunications.” When I visit the website that documents this, I recognize they discovered and practiced probably all formal possibilities of being together in a composite image space. A feast of recognition.
They used split-screen, key images, life tv-footage and sometimes props. In what they called the space with no geographical borders they wanted to get rid of all borders, the split-screen border included and the above image of their kiss is an excellent example of the sensuality the merging of image-ambassadors can provoke.

Later this technique was used by Paul Sermon in Telematic Dreaming, a ISDN digital telephone installation from 1993. Nowadays, Daniel Pinheiro in Will you dance with me?! (2017) starts working in this direction. Station House Opera (among others) in 2016 was also using this technique in the At Home in Gaza and London performance project.

A Telematic Kissing Timeline?

  • Early twentieth century Telegraphic Kiss. (postcard see at the bottom)
  • 1938 Facsimile telegraph transmission kiss (article in Popular Mechanics )
  • 1957 Jerry Lewis and Celeste Holm split-screen kiss – live via terrestrial microwave linked TV. Image, info, video here.
  • 1974  Nam June Paik and Shirley Clarke splitscreen kiss – technical design of the installation by David Cort of the Videofreex. Image, info here.
  • 1975 Kit Galloway, and Sherrie Rabinowitz composite image space, using Sony Salon technology – In 1977 they start experimenting with satelite transmission.
  • 2007 Annie Abrahams and Nicolas Frespech, One the puppet of the other, live split-screen internet performance.
  • 2008 Annie Abrahams and Mark River The Big Kiss. Durational performance in an split-screen installation.
  • 2011 “Kissenger” the world’s only kiss transfer device.
  • 2014 Lancel and Maat develop E.E.G. Kiss, a tentative to device a communal kiss.
Facsimile-KISS_Pop-Mecs_5-1938Image from the collections of Galloway & Rabinowitz  1938 http://blog.modernmechanix.com/telegraph-kisses-are-new-fad/
telegraphickisspostcard
Telegraphic Kiss Postcard – early twentieth century. https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/tag/vice/
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Mission FCTA – Trust in the Technics of Others

FCTA4webbisAs astronauts, while they guide the space station which carries them, must trust this station a 100%, Annie Abrahams will have to trust her vessel of flesh and blood, will have to trust the bodies on which she lies and to which she must surrender.

Mission FCTA
Faire Confiance à la Technique des Autres
(Trust in the Technics of Others)
March 23, 4.30 pm, CNES, Paris during the festival Sidération

Annie Abrahams will be carried by Jean-Luc Soret, Urte Amélie Fink, Emilie Schalck, Karen Guillorel, Vanessa Vallée, Lili Mamath, Aniara Rodado, David Guasgua, Séverine Delbosque, Romaric Tisserand and David Ferrag. They will try to make her journey comfortable, they will help her to sustain streaming contact and to cope with casualities. They will together manage a body in suspension. The carriers (professional dancers, a curator, an author, an artist) are all volunteering for this task. They don’t know each other and had only two hours of preparation. So the event will be as much a performance as an exercise in auto-organisation. Trust will be crucial.

Remote interventions by Igor Stromajer, Nicolas Frespech and Laurie Bellanca
Streaming mosaika.tv

CNES
Centre national d’études spatiales
2 place Maurice Quentin
75039 PARIS CEDEX 01
FRANCE
Tél : 33 (0)1 44 76 75 00

planetStill of the video used in the performance on vimeo. (6 min)

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Mission FCTA – Faire Confiance à la Technique des Autres

Mission FCTAComme les spationautes sont portés par leur station, doivent “lui” faire confiance à 100 % pendant qu’ils le guident par ses instruments de bord, Annie Abrahams va devoir faire confiance à son vaisseau de chair, aux corps sur lesquelles elle repose et à qui elle va devoir se rendre.

Pour sa Mission FCTA
Faire Confiance à la Technique des Autres
le 23 mars 16h30 au CNES à Paris pendant le festival Sidération

complet Annie Abrahams aura besoin d’une dizaine de volontaires : des personnes amateurs ou professionnels de performance, de théâtre, de danse ou de cinéma. Toute personne ayant envie de relever un défi sera la bienvenue. Une rencontre de préparation est prévue le 19 mars 18h au CNES complet

Jean-Luc Soret, Urte Amélie Fink, Emilie Schalck, Karen Guillorel, Vanessa Vallée, Lili Mamath, Aniara Rodado, David Guasgua, Séverine Delbosque, Romaric Tisserand et David Ferrag ont envie de participer à ce projet, d’aider à me porter, de m’aider a garder le contact du streaming, à faire face aux éventualités du parcours, à gérer un corps en suspension. Les porteurs ( danseureuses pro, un curateur, curatrice, auteur, artiste plasticienne) sont tous volontaires. Ils ne se connaissent pas et n’ont eu que deux heures de préparation. Cet évènement sera donc autant une exercise en auto-organisation qu’une performance.

Avec interventions à distance de Igor Stromajer, Nicolas Frespech et Laurie Bellanca
Streaming mosaika.tv

CNES
Centre national d’études spatiales
2 place Maurice Quentin
75039 PARIS CEDEX 01
FRANCE
Tél : 33 (0)1 44 76 75 00

FCTAprepa3

FCTAPrepa
Images testing streaming vidéo (6 min)

Plus d’information protocole, image, motivation

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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 huisclos.mosaika.tv 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 huisclos.mosaika.tv>(find you local time)

2 and 3 November 3.30pm GMT
Edinburgh College of Art

streaming interface Ivan Chabanaud mosaika.tv
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 : bram.org/huisclos/beyond
Information en français.

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

Remember
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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En venir à toi.

“Pour réaliser En venir à toi nous avions décidé d’essayer de hacker un ou plusieurs espace personnels de l’autre : son courriel, son interface de blogue et pourquoi pas un compte FTP.”

Nicolas Frespech (merci!) a écrit un texte sur la réalisation d’une pièce que nous avons créée ensemble pour mon exposition Training for a Better World au CRAC de Sète du 28 octobre 2011 au 1 janvier 2012.


En venir à toi. Encre, crayon, stylo et ruban colle sur papier, 50 x 70 cm.

“Annie a trouvé le mot de passe de ma messagerie, j’étais stupéfait, c’est un mot de passe pas super simple à trouver : nougat26 ! J’ai de mon côté trouvé un seul mot de passe, le nom de son chat mais qui n’était pas celui de sa messagerie. A propos de messagerie, je me pose souvent cette question sur la correspondance artistique à l’heure du numérique. Faudra-il hacker les comptes de courriels des artistes morts pour accéder à leur correspondance, éclairage sur leur démarche… ?
Annie avait donc les moyens de rentrer dans ma correspondance privée, envoyer des courriels en mon nom, regarder mes archives, mais il fallait bien que je change ce mot de passe, j’avais entière confiance en Annie mais à partir du moment où les œuvres seraient montrées au public je n’avais pas envie que l’autre, celui que je ne connais pas puisse pénétrer mon espace virtuel intime. C’est la différence entre l’exhibitionniste et « l’intime » que l’on offre qu’à ceux qu’on aime.”

Version complète de ce texte  en pdf .

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2-3-1 Assimil – performance on/offline

Huis Clos / No Exit – On Translation (Winner)

in the On/Offline competition of the Stuttgarter Film Winter

http://www.wand5.de/wand5cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=237&Itemid=327

Presentation of

Huis Clos / No Exit – On Translation

Saturday 22 01 2011 at 5PM by Annie Abrahams
Filmhaus
4th floor
Friedrichstrasse 23a
70174 Stuttgart

2-3-1 Assimil Performance with Igor Stromajer and Nicolas Frespech

Saturday 22 01 2011 at 5.30PM

Visible (5min) from the Huis Clos / No Exit Salon

Video, jury statement and screenprints

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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:
http://bram.org/huisclos/ontranslation
Video:
Short, 8 min version http://vimeo.com/12736847
Long, 30 min version http://vimeo.com/12718851

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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Preparation Huis Clos / No Exit – On Translation

Collective test Tuesday 25 05 6PM online in the Bram.org Salon

preparation Annie Abrahams and Igor Stromajer 25 05

preparation Annie Abrahams and Ursula Endlicher 24 05

Preparation Annie Abrahams and Paolo Cioro 24 05

Testing Annie Abrahams and Ruth Catlow

Nicolas Frespech testing

Vidéo on dailymotion by Nicolas Frespech on his preparation of the performance
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xdf70i_repetition-de-la-performance_creation

All images are from private tests, using Manycam among others.

More information on the performance http://bram.org/huisclos/ontranslation

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Huis Clos / No Exit – On Translation

Telematic performance with 6 performers
May 29th 2010 8.30 pm

Netherlands Media Art Institute
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam

Part of the Performmikka Internettikka event curated by Petra Heck
(Performmikka Internettikka link naar Nederlandse tekst)

6 Netartists will challenge one another into collective actions.
What will happen when they will only use their mother tongue and code to communicate?

Annie Abrahams – www.bram.org in Amsterdam (NIMk) will only speak Dutch
Ruth Catlow – www.furtherfield.org in London will only speak English
Paolo Cirio – www.paolocirio.net in London will only speak Italian
Ursula Endlicher – www.ursenal.net in New York will only speak German
Nicolas Frespech – www.frespech.com in Montélimar will only speak French
Igor Stromajer – www.intima.org in Hamburg will only speak Slovenian

Internet streaming in the bram.org salon
Process Guardian : Estelle Senay

Any malfunctioning will be part of the game and must be assumed, never panic.
Nothing can go wrong, all is permitted, we can play but we don’t have to – silence is beautiful.

More information

Français
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Video “A fragmented relation” on-line

Original French title :  Relation entrecoupée 2009, 15 min.  Subtitles in English.  Information en français

Images and sound: Annie Abrahams and Nicolas Frespech.
Editing : Annie Abrahams, residency Artelinea – Art Contemporain, Congénies.

Two images, two voices answer oneanother, search for the other, get lost.
During machine mediated communication, is the other most present when nothing happens, when at least I think of him, her, this other?
A webcam mediated conversation treated to reveal the significance of  void in  regular human intercourse.

This video is a special version for the internet, an adaption of the two channel installation version showed for the first time at PPCM in Nîmes from 6 to 15 Mars 2009. This installation was also presented  the 10th of Mars 2009 at ERBA, Valence .

Sources images and sound : A webcam presentation 6 Mars 2008 by Annie Abrahams and Nicolas Frespech concerning the video “One a puppet of the other” in the Contemporary Art Centre, CAC, Le Quartier in Quimper, France.

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Upcoming

* 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, Art of the Networked Practice symposium, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
* April, Residency Lingagens in Künstlerhaus Villa Waldberta, Feldafing, Germany.

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