net art, video, performance

Annie Abrahams

Winner Online/Offline Expanded Media Prize

Huis Clos / No Exit – On Translation
Jury statement
(English translation at the end)

6 Netzkünstler verschiedener Nationen und Muttersprachen werden in der Performance Huis Clos / No Exit – On Translation via Webcams auf einem Screen zusammengeschaltet. Die Regieanweisung von Annie Abrahams weist sie an, nur in ihrer Muttersprache und mit Gesten mit den anderen zu kommunizieren.

Eine gemeinsame Sprache soll entwickelt werden, kommt im Laufe der Performance aber kaum über Einwort Dialoge hinaus, ja das gegenseitige Anschweigen ist vorherrschend und reduziert die Teilnehmer auf ihre Gesichter. Sprachen werden hier als inkompatible Codes vorgeführt und im Scheitern der gemeinsamen Verständigung wird die Fiktion eines universell verbindenden Netzes schmerzhaft entlarvt. Schauen wir in unsere tägliche Computerpraxis, so entdecken wir in unsere Browser History nur Themen unserer Obsessionen – überwiegend in unserer Muttersprache. Unsere Facebook-Freunde bilden einen geschlossenen Kreis, der alle anderen ausschließt. Die Kommunikation scheitert in Huis Clos / No Exit – On Translation und findet damit eine ehrlichere Metapher für das Netz. “Die Hölle, das sind die anderen” heißt es in Jean-Paul Sartres Huis Clos. Annie Abrahams aktualisiert das auf: “Die Hölle des Netzes ist Babel, die Hölle des Netzes ist Facebook”.
Johannes Auer, Hanna Hasslathi and Marc Lee 23 01 2011
Jury New Media ON/OFFLINE, 24 Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2011

Performance  22 01 2011
Annie Abrahams, Nicolas Frespech and Igor Štromajer learning each others languages.
Video, protocol and screenprints

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Training for a better World – workshop

6-10 décembre
Workshop Training for a Better World
école nationale supérieure d’art Villa Arson, Nice
(sur l’invitation de Christian Vialard)
9 décembre
Participation à distance de quelques étudiants de l’ENSA Bourges.

Le Workshop Training for a Better World se fait dans le cadre du projet Huis Clos / No Exit et participe au processus de préparation d’une exposition au CRAC de Sète en automne 2011.

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Maska – Practical Dramaturgy

Photos of  the Huis Clos No Exit – On Collaboration and Huis Clos / No Exit – On Translation telematic performances appeared in Maska, vol. XVI, no. 131-132 on Practical Dramaturgy.
They accompagnied the article Networked Publics and Dramaturgy by Una Bauer.


More information:

Maska, Institute for Publishing, Production and Education
Metelkova 6
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Tel.: + 386 1 431 31 22
+ 386 1 431 53 48
Fax.: + 386 1 431 31 22

Huis Clos No Exit – On Collaboration
Huis Clos / No Exit – On Translation

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Noise & Capitalism

This is The BOOK that touched me most this last few years.
David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress is also competing.
The two books seems to come from two different worlds. The first is about music and politics the second is pure literature.
Putting them together in this post feels good. Both influence my web performance works. Both help me understand.

Noise & Capitalism
The book can be downloaded as a PDF file:

Noise is a metastasis of desire – Going fragile until we destroy the fears that hold us back – The relation doesn’t exist, it comes into being.

Separation is the alpha and omega of the spectacle.
Proposition for a new performance series
Huis Clos / No Exit – Beyond (spectacle) – Training for a better world

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Douglas Davis Double Entendre

I want to share two url’s send by Curt to me yesterday.

I didn’t know Double Entendre: Two Sites Two Times Two Sides a work by Douglas Davis from 1981.
I am amazed, pleased. The piece is related to the performance Double Blind I did together with Curt in 2009.

There is another reference: Boomerang by Richard Serra (with Nancy Holt) from 1974

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Yes (no) – 2005

CD Cover TTR007 – “Yes”, no. (abrahams & de weille) Tom Tipunk Records
05 2005

A 4 tracks EP with touches of the Beat Generation, Patti Smith, Jim Morrison and Le Gibus, something like a punk(rock)itude.

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I would love to have a printed copy of

The book was written over 5 days (Jan 18-22, 2010) during a Book Sprint in Berlin. 7 people (5 writers, 1 programmer and 1 facilitator) gathered to collaborate and produce a book in 5 days with no prior preparation and with the only guiding light being the title ‘Collaborative Futures‘.

The brave collaborators were: Mushon Zer-Aviv, Michael Mandiberg, Mike Linksvayer, Marta Peirano, Alan Toner, Aleksandar Erkalovic (programmer) and Adam Hyde (facilitator).

The event was part of the 2010 transmediale festival (

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Last two days DIWO in HTTP Gallery

photo Lucy Mills

Do It With Others (DIWO) at the Dark Mountain.

Exhibition open 12-5pm, Friday-Sunday, till Saturday 30th January 2010

Disassembly Event– Mail out the Mail Art
Join us at the next full moon from 3 pm, Saturday 30th January 2010 for
our closing event- to take part and redistribute works from this
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La chartreuse [larevue] n°3

Proposition écritures numériques  text dynamics – expérimentation d’écriture partagée et Regards sur If you not me XXXVIe Rencontres (juillet 2009), vidéo impression Blandine Armand.

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Tit for Tat (English)

Now online : video  with English subtitles of

Tit for Tat – Study for Huis Clos / No Exit

telematic performance between

Théâtre  d’O,  34090 Montpellier


Théâtre of Clermont l’Hérault,  34800 Clermont-l’Hérault

25-09-2009 10.45 PM

Elisabeth Rolland-Thiers, doctorante in cognitive experimental psychologie, and  Bénédicte Aptel-Guiu, researcher in dermatology, have performed a protocole in front of two computers equiped with a webcam..

The two distant researchers were united in one projected image.  This image with it’s shared interior  border became the common interaction space, the playing field, the laboratory in which they tested some limits and possibilities of remote communication and collaboration. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beyond Convention?, Key note, Symposium Cyberperformance: Artistic and Pedagogical Practices, 29 - 30 June, Gambelas Campus, University of Algarve.

ffaille and con flicting, multilingual animated poetry, made for ELO 2023 (12-15/07).

Bientôt! Entretien au sujet de Distant Movements Annie Abrahams, Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau, Alix de Morant, Dabiel Pinheiro, Muriel Piqué, p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e Création Research Vol.6 | 2022.

8 oktober 2023 tot en met 1 april 2024, Being Human presented in REBOOT, Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.

Constallationsss with Alice Lenay, Pascale Barret, Alix Desaubliaux et occasionellement Gwendoline Samidoust et Carin Klonowski.

Distant Movements with Muriel Piqué and Daniel Pinheiro.

(E)stranger. Research on What language does to you or not.

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