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Annie Abrahams

… building an empathy muscle …

Online-en-semble – Entanglement Training.

Huong Ngô: I really liked how the score was based on everyday movements, so close to those incidental images we make everyday when we are on Skype etc, but having us do it together really made it into something poetic and more like dance. I thought of Yvonne Rainer’s work. Also, I was thinking a lot about this promise of internationalist utopia that Maria talked about, and where we are in the world today – people becoming more extreme despite or because of technology. The distance that technology affords is something that we now must train our bodies against. I felt like the act of listening, patience, and trying to be present was a way to build that empathy muscle.

Rob Wittig : a wonderful performance today — tactile and musical and spooky and friendly and distant and close!

entanglement training
Images and photos on flickr
Performance protocol.pdf
Video :

From the chatlog (Complete Chat log 64 pages):
-Johannes Birringer: Karina, i learnt much from Corpos Informaticos, they used a whole different set of simple tools that i began to appreciate in many ways
-Daniel Perseguim: yes, Beatriz Medeiros from corpos informáticos are changing the ways of performing, learning expressing… the tools are the simple language, the failures, the “gambiarras”
-Alan Sondheim: there’s an odd calmness here, as if they’re dream images or freud’s magic slate at work
-Maria Chatzichristodoulou: yes Alan, i was thinking it’s a calming experience watching this
-Alan Sondheim: Calming in the midst of potential revolution, disturbance –
-Jessica Laraine Williams: I almost feel as if we are neural nets being trained with various iterants of standard objects, as a reference library. The repetitive verbal cues sound like training signals
-Alan Sondheim: there’s an economics at work
-Marc Garrett: It’s DIWO in realtime!
-Maria Chatzichristodoulou: it is interesting that Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz were also talking about experiments rather than performances as such, and considered training, rehearsal and performance to be the same

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Online En-semble – Entanglement Training

Online En-semble – Entanglement Training.
Online performance with Annie Abrahams (NL/FR), Antye Greie (DE/FI), Helen Varley Jamieson (NZ/DE), Soyung Lee (KR), Huong Ngô (HK/USA), Daniel Pinheiro (VE/PT) and Igor Stromajer (SLO/DE)
In the frame of Art of the Networked Practice symposium, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Chair by Randall Packer.

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In this new work we investigate how to be together in a connected world, where machines and humans have to communicate accepting partial overviews, glitches, time-lags, disrupting audience participation and ensuing disorientations. Abrahams considers the intra-active webcam performance situation a good apparatus to train and demonstrate entanglement. She wrote a script for seven performers with different cultural backgrounds. They will defy their own and the others’ ideas on performance and online politics in a conversational performance. In order to avoid chit-chat and to get rid of the distracting images of the faces she proposes to converse using objects, prepared phrases and voices. During the performance they create together a changing composition with the objects and improvise a sound environment with their voices and phrases. Because they share the responsibility for the performances’ acoustic and visual appearance it will be interesting to see how they negotiate their individuality and personal thoughts in this environment where they all have equal power. Contradictions, maybe even oppositions, as well as poetry can emerge in this collectively created complexity, where machines facilitate but also prevent. The performers research the limits and possibilities of their own agency in an attempt to be “with” while being separated.

Program of the day:
8 pm SGT Introduction by Randall Packer.
8.15 pm SGT Maria Chatzichristodoulou keynote Live Art and Telematics: The Promise of Internationalism
9.30 pm SGT Online En-semble – Entanglement Training Live networked performance
10 pm SGT Post performance roundtable
This is Singapore time. Find your own time here.

How to connect for the performance (you will need 5 min to prepare).

Disentangling the Entanglements article on our preparations by Randall Packer

Web page with information about preparations, protocols, text, video, images and later the archives.


Latency Training.

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All senses “on” … Talk

signalRaum

Night of Cyberformance
Thursday 09 / 01 /2014, from 19.30
Signalraum für Klang und Kunst
MUG / EINSTEIN Halle 4, Münich

A symposium on remote collaboration organised by Upstage and SignalRaum for the Upstage’s 10th birthday event.

20h10 Annie Abrahams : While passionate, persevering, trusting and with all senses “on” you need to accept …

You can come to Münich or assist online. Live links will be available on the day from here.

There will be other presentations by Isabel Valverde and Christina Papagiannouli
and three online performances :
Vita cyberformativa by Miljana Peric
Balloon by Petyr Veenstra, Floris Sirag and Gabriella Sacco
Etheatre Project and Collaborators.

Information about the performances and presentations is available here; the full programme, with time converters, is here.

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Image: screencapture : Annie Abrahams and Ruth Catlow inside the installation Shared Still Life / Nature Morte Partagée Furtherfield – Kawenga 2010.

While passionate, persevering, trusting and with all senses “on” you need to accept …
“Communication is never easy and technology doesn’t change that. Annie Abrahams will talk about how she uses online performance to learn more about the limits and possibilities of networked communication and collaboration. When online, Annie Abrahams noticed, we are still immature and often behave like adolescents. It is a challenge to learn how to develop a sense of “we” in a universe of lonely togetherness, to discover what it means to think a ”to be with” based on singularities.”

.pdf with the 44 slides used in the presentation

Related : Trapped to Reveal – On webcam mediated communication and collaboration article in the Journal for Artistic Research #2 autumn 2012 ISSN 2235-0225 http://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/18236/18237

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Magdalena München, 21/4 19h30 unaussprechbarlich, theater  Hoch X, München, 25/4 19h30, Meta Theater, Moosach.

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