Annie Abrahams
Since the beginning
bram.org@gmail.com
Works in Montpellier France

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BIO
Annie Abrahams has a doctorate in biology from the university of Utrecht and a grade from the Academy of fine arts of Arnhem. In her work, using video, performance as well as the internet, she questions the possibilities and the limits of communication in general and more specifically investigates its modes under networked conditions. She is an internationally regarded pioneer of networked performance art.
She has performed and shown work extensively in France, including at the Pompidou Centre, Paris, and in many international galleries including among others Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló, Spain; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan; HTTP gallery in London and NIMk in Amsterdam; festivals such as the Moscow Film Festival; the International Film Festival of Rotterdam and the Stuttgarter Filmwinter, and on online platforms such as Rhizome.org and Turbulence.
She teached at the university of Montpellier in the arts department. (2002-2005) From november 2006 to january 2009 she curated the project “InstantS” for panoplie.org. She also curated and organized the “Breaking Solitude” and Double Bind webperformances on panoplie.org in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Besides doing her art work she lectures and teaches workshops.

Information, articles etc. http://www.bram.org/info and http://aabrahams.wordpress.com/
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EVENT

The Big Kiss in Ljubljana


Dates:
Sun Jun 21, 2009 00:00 - Thu Jun 18, 2009

The Big Kiss (20 & 21 June 2009)
Live Internet Broadcast Performance by Annie Abrahams (Ljubljana)

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“Machine mediated kissing in a performance = drawing with your tongue = taking pleasure, while constructing an image = a way to be superaware of the other = never totally abandoning yourself = ???????? = not at all like real kissing, it is better! This might be a female point of view.”
Annie Abrahams

Author: Annie Abrahams
Intimate Mobile Communicator: Igor Štromajer

Web Cam N.1: Martina Ruhsam - Vienna, Austria
Web Cam N.2: Vlado G. Repnik - Ljubljana, Slovenia

Live Urban Guerrilla Performance: Ljubljana City Center
Saturday, 20 June 2009 at 9.30 pm
Duration: 1 hour

Live Broadcast Performance: Škuc Gallery, Stari trg 21, Ljubljana
Sunday, 21 June 2009 at 9.30 pm
Duration: 1 hour

Produced by Intima Virtual Base - Institute for Contemporary Arts
Tech: TokBox

# additional references (The Big Kiss in New York City, 2008):
http://aabrahams.wordpress.com/tag/the-big-kiss
http://www.bram.org/toucher/TBK.html


EVENT

Relations and connections in a connected world


Dates:
Thu Jun 11, 2009 00:00 - Thu Jun 11, 2009

Location:
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Location: Seminar Rooms, Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths, London UK
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Free, all welcome.

With: Annie Abrahams and Ajaykumar
Chair: Ruth Catlow, Furtherfield

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Annie Abrahams
The wandering ant II. Relations and positions in a connected world.

Programmed and Organised by the Goldsmiths Digital Studios.
Supported by the Goldsmiths Graduate School and the Department of
Computing.


EVENT

Relations and positions in a connected world.


Dates:
Fri Nov 06, 2009 00:00 - Sat Jun 06, 2009

Location: Seminar Rooms, Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths, London UK http://www.gold.ac.uk/find-us/
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Free, all welcome.

With: Annie Abrahams and Ajaykumar
Chair: Ruth Catlow, Furtherfield

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Annie Abrahams
The wandering ant II. Relations and positions in a connected world.

My interest is in limits and possibilities of communication. Since 1996 I intervene on the net making interactive webpages and creating articipatory projects that very often have a real life counterpart in a performance or art show.

When in May 2008 I was invited by InternetMonAmour to be on a panel called Survival kit in a p2p world together with a French neurobiologist and the president of the international p2p foundation, I came up with a lecture/performance presentation called The wandering Ant. http://bram.org/info/presentation/IML.htm The wandering ant is the one who refuses to follow the rules of the ant colony and at the same time makes survival of the ant colony possible.

I will continue my reflections around this intriguing metaphor and do a presentation of my recent experiences with web performance as for instance The Big Kiss, a performance that points to changes in behaviour due to machine mediation.

I will pay special attention to Huis Clos / No Exit, a research project in which I will try to answer some questions about our possibilities of being together and collaborating in a networked environment.

We are living in a world where people live more and more in their own bubbles, in their own spheres without need for the other. The post-, alter-modern individual has a dangerous tendency to auto sustain in a world where he communicates in the first place with the virtual others inside himself.

Annie Abrahams is a Dutch artist living in Montpellier, France. She has a doctorate in biology (University of Utrecht) and is a graduate in fine arts (Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten Arnhem). She curates the project InstantS for panoplie.org. She also initiated and curated the Breaking Solitude and Double Bind webperformance projects in 2007 and 2008. Besides doing her art work she lectures and teaches workshops.

http://www.bram.org/
http://aabrahams.wordpress.com/

Ajaykumar
iPak

ajaykumar's presentation discusses the notion of 'relational being' and 'non-anthropocentric being', with particular regard to a current work, iPak, commissioned by Turbulence and evolving over two years from 2008 to 2010. iPak can be engaged with at: http://turbulence.org/Works/iPak/

Ajaykumar’s discusses how we inter-act socially, with the world around us. He examines the potential for generating little worlds - special spaces or places - to contact our playful nature, our imagination, and our feelings about the significance and the sacredness of our lives and our relationships, corresponding in part to what Suzuki calls psychospheres. These relationships are as much to do with our relationship with others, as they are with objects, and with ourselves.

The discussion relates to Nature, about how we may conceive and think about Nature. It re-conceives classical Buddhist and Tantric Art in contemporary form, partcicularly with regard the notion of void. Here it elicits notions of daily life as art; and stimulates particular ecological dynamics of the human being in relation to environment.

http://www.ajaykumar.com/
http://www.shapes-design.com/

http://thethursdayclub.net/

Programmed and Organised by the Goldsmiths Digital Studios.
Supported by the Goldsmiths Graduate School and the Department of
Computing.


EVENT

Madness / folie


Dates:
Mon Jun 01, 2009 00:00 - Mon Jun 01, 2009

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mad, nuts (slang) cracked (slang) mental (slang) barking (slang) crackers Brit. (slang) mentally ill, crazed, demented, cuckoo (informal) deranged, loopy (informal) round the bend (informal) barking mad (slang) out of your mind, gaga (informal) screwy (informal) doolally (slang) off your trolley (slang) round the twist (informal) of unsound mind, not right in the head, non compos mentis (Latin) off your rocker (slang) not the full shilling (informal) mentally disordered, off the air Austral. (slang) porangi N.Z.

http://bram.org/folie/
Does madness exist in the virtual world? Please participate.
http://bram.org/folie/


EVENT

A fragmented relation


Dates:
Mon Jun 01, 2009 00:00 - Mon Jun 01, 2009

A fragmented relation Original French title : Relation entrecoupée
2009, 15 min. Subtitles in English.

A webcam mediated conversation treated to reveal the significance of void in regular human intercourse.

http://vimeo.com/4812716

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

Two images, two voices answer each other, 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?

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 during a workshop with the students.
Source 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.