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Annie Abrahams

Online performance – three articles.

If you are interested in remote collaboration and art you may want to read these. Flaws and possibilities, conditions for participation and audience agency are treated.

Trapped to Reveal – On webcam mediated communication and collaboration. Annie Abrahams, Jar #2 ISSN 2235-0225, 2012.
It is about performance, it is about processes and human beings being transformed. Annie Abrahams formulated motives, described means and managed to give this research a succinct philosophical and political background.

Learn together what it means to be connected CyPosium – The Book, 2014, ISBN 9781291988925.
Annie Abrahams reflects, referring to Kit Galloway, Gregory Bateson and Susan Kozel on her participation in and the interest and importance of the Cyposium.
we will have to become more radical in our experimentations and start to be more critical towards our own work. We shouldn’t be afraid to operate a ‘niche’, where we are ‘just’ our own audience. It might be a prerequisite for new discoveries, for the creation of a situation where we learn together what it means to be connected...

Preconditions for Online Participation PAIC, 2019.
Annie Abrahams finds that an awareness of hardware and software influences, clear and open protocols, familiarization with the technology, an active role and a hospitable environment for the participants are obligatory to allow them to enjoy an aesthetics of attention and trust, where their choices and behavior count.

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Preconditions for Online Participation

Summary:
In this article Annie Abrahams gives a short personal, yet critical overview of her always collaborative and often participatory artistic practice. Based on her experiences she tries to formulate some general preconditions for it to be successful. She finds that an awareness of hardware and software influences, clear and open protocols, familiarisation with the technology, an active role and a hospitable environment for the participants are obligatory to allow them to enjoy an aesthetics of attention and trust, where their choices and behavior count.

Preconditions for Online Participation should have been part of the PAIC (Participatory Arts for Invisible Communities) e-book published in 2018. For internal communication issues too futile and irritating to remember it ended as a not-even-edited blogpost on their website. This was hard, because I had done what was needed, and on time – they had not.

After regurgitating my anger I decided to also publish the article, meant for lay-wo-men, but not only, on my own website and to upload it also to academie.edu. Here you can download a Preconditions of Online Participation.pdf of the article (with images :)).

When participants connect, they have to find themselves in a hospitable environment. They need to feel welcome. In chatrooms during events for instance, I always ask someone familiar to the project to mediate, to answer questions, to animate, when I cannot do that myself.
Participation needs to be rewarding. When an interesting exchange is going on, this can be natural. Sometimes it is already enough to be seen present in a particular public event or to be part of a specific community. Concrete influence or agency by the members of the audience is also very motivating.
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Addictive Behaviours – interview

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For the new Furtherfield website’s “debate” section Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett asked me to reflect on the limits and potentials of art and human agency in the context of increased global automation.

Addictive Behaviours: Interview with Artist Annie Abrahams

Triggered by their questions I talked about the difficulty to describe my artistic work in institutional contexts and how in a conversation with a friend I tried to explain my interest in Agency Art. Using this term means being able to make cross sections through disciplines and opening up closed domains of practice. I also talk about a lack of res-ponsability in online affect management and my mistrust in the influence of algorithms produced by  machines themselves.

The interview is part of an editorial series, alongside the Are We All Addicts Now? exhibition, book, symposium and event series at Furtherfield.
Are We All Addicts Now? Is an artist research project led by Katriona Beales.

In the same series there is also a delicious prose-poem-hex from artist and poet Francesca da Rimini (aka doll yoko, GashGirl, liquid_nation, Fury) who traces a timeline of network seduction, imaginative production and addictive spaces from early Muds and Moos.

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Vote: Automatic for the people: (): MTAA

After  Our Political Work, which is one of my favorite MTAA pieces, the artists start their new project Automatic for the people: (), commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, today.

You can dictate the details of a contemporary art performance. Each week, from November 8–January 21, vote in a new poll to determine different elements. On February 7, the artists perform live using the script shaped by your votes!

VOTE!

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Upcoming

 

  • 12/10 – 25/01 Exposition Angry Women take1 in Hadaly et Sowana, cyborgs et sorcières, l’Espace Gantner, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bourogne.
  • 14/12 14h-16h30, Expérience Mouvements à Distance, Séminaire IMPEC externalisée à la Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon.

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