Annie Abrahams
Since the beginning
Works in Montpellier France

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 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 She also curated and organized the “Breaking Solitude” and Double Bind webperformances on in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Besides doing her art work she lectures and teaches workshops.

Information, articles etc. and
Discussions (120) Opportunities (2) Events (38) Jobs (0)

Re: Re: Community ????????

This mail to show that I agree with Steve, Lee and Eric and that I
would like to have more enregie spend on recreating a community part
of Rhizome. (yes recreating, because now it's inexistant)

Annie Abrahams On and off member (more on) from almost the beginning
of Rhizome.

ps The art base isn't fuctioning right? What are you doing with it? Is
it still recieving proposals? Why don't we hear about it more often?
Why aren't there any member curated exhibitions any more? Is no one interested?

On 10/6/06, Lee Wells <> wrote:
> It definitely isn't the same thing it use to be.
> My biggest disappointment lately was that they didn't let the community know
> about the 10 year festival until it was already curated. I'm sure many of
> the members would have liked to be included in some part of it outside of
> the Keylines discussion on the choices that were made.
> Isn't that what Rhizome is anyway????
> Where was the open call to the members?
> Was it something we all missed.
> Did the New Museum of Contemporary Art make an executive decision? Is the
> fact that Rhizome's a membership org only a conduit for grants? I know its
> not easy to run a non profit but what used to be an open network has to a
> certain degree become a bit privileged and elitist.
> Perhaps Marisa can explain to everyone her curatorial decisions. The main
> mistake was that there wasn't even the illusion that the real community on
> Rhizome would be asked to be a part of something. For as much as the staff
> is accountable to the Board of Directors they should also be accountable to
> the members of the community as well.
> I'm sure there could have been some sort of collaborative project created
> that could have included everyone if they so desired.
> I've been hanging around the RAW servers since 1998 and have been surprised
> by some of the directions that the org has taken over the years.
> On certain levels the site is better, like the New York Times of New Media
> and an amazing resource for calls for work and exhibition opportunities. But
> the great conversations and real community participation of the past now
> only happen once in a great while and the users have been turned into
> passive viewers. As long as there are only a couple people questioning
> nothing will change.
> Full community participation is needed to create a positive change in any
> society.
> Cheers,
> Lee
> On 10/5/06 6:03 PM, "Steve OR Steven Read" <> wrote:
> > Uh oh, it



You're going to be told a lot of things. You get told things every day that
don't happen. It doesn't seem
to bother people. It's printed in the press. The world thinks all these
things happen. They never
happened. Everyone's so eager to get the story, before in fact the story's
there. The world is constantly
being fed things that haven't happened. All I can tell you is, It hasn't
happened. But it's going to
happen." Donald Rumsfeld


Performance : lecture/combat by Annie Abrahams

Am I an artwork? Yes, no, maybe.
Suis-je une oeuvre d'art ? Oui, non, peut-etre. has been commissioned
by the FRACLR in 2002. The piece (in perl) collected visitor reactions and
traced them by IP to influence the colours of the page layout. This was a
way to point to the fact that the visitor wasn't anonymous, something a lot
of visitors weren't aware of in 2002.

More important, and still actual, the piece permitted to openly ask if a
piece of "net art" could be "art" on the site of an official French art
The 24th of September all the French entries of the piece will be read in
public during a performance in the show called "Chauffe Marcel ! " organised
by the same art institution.
Two microphones will be placed about 10 meters one from another. One will be
used to amplify the "yes" phrases the other the "no" phrases.

Performance : lecture/combat
24 September 2006 11.00h, la Panacee, 14 rue de l'ecole de pharmacie,
Montpellier, France.
in the show "Chauffe Marcel ! " subtitle "L'imitation de Marcel Duchamp"
Curator : Emmanuel Latreille, director of the FRAC Languedoc Roussillon.

The performance will be followed by a special guided visit of the show
by Emmanuel Latreille its curator.


Webflaneur 4.0

Webflaneur 4.0

Annie Abrahams & Clement Charmet

A kind of compressed browsing, like sometimes those dreams, that condense
the weight of a whole day in a single action, in which everything gets
This feeling of "watching the cache" of our browser (the hidden ?)
A discovery tool that brings us back to the earlier ages of the web, when
"flaner" was still possible.

If your stroll is very slow, please try another URL or come back at another
moment of the day or find a faster connection.


Re: Charlie puts NMA's down...

Art is a closed system that only sees what it already knows. (And is
very badly equipped to access new information)

I think we have to defend new media art
we will have to be missionaries
we will have to educate

we will have to infiltrate
we will have to explain
we will have to promote early netart

And at the same time we should go on to intertwine different spheres,
to develop new ways of seeing the same, never seen before, to
experiment beyond techniques, to develop new ways of generating sense.
Don't forget we (at least some of us) are on the internet because we
don't want to have "art" as our only customer, consumer nor as the
most important vector by which we work.

Yet, we want recognition from the art world because that's the place
we feel at home (at least some of us)

Restart reading at the beginning.

Annie Abrahams

PS 1
What's wrong with watercolours? I would be delighted if as many people
wanted to learn coding as watercolours. One can make cutting edge art
in watercolours, but it's rare.

Art is rare. So the article does not disappoint me. It talks about new
media. We exist!

PS 2
Please ARN explain us a bit more about your poietic aggregator?
Indeed, how many persons are behind?
Tell me why this is more than just another way to produce beautiful
abstract images?
I would like to have them too :)
- Hide quoted text -

On 8/18/06, ARN <> wrote:
> another quote:
> "The web, Charlie says, has the alarming potential of realising the idea of
> the artist Joseph Beuys, that everyone is an artist. This could spell the
> end of art as we know it, when everyone becomes a producer and we all drown
> in a sea of mediocrity made up of billions of minutely-niched microchannels."
> i think this is great, so will better write:
> "when everyone becomes a producer and we all grow in a great sea of
> experimentations made up of billions of creative microchannels."
> why being so alarmed by JB (& others) idea , Charlie ?
> marc wrote:
> > Wow - and now we have Charlie Gere putting us all down.
> >
> > "So are artists at the cutting edge of new-media technology? No, says
> > Charlie. One of the problems is that other stuff on the net is so much
> > more mind-blowing. A site such as Google Earth is so much more awesome
> > and thought-provoking than something an arty hacktivist can knock up on
> > her PC."
> >
> > I would love to have an open discussion with him about this stuff this
> > on-line.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Also check rhizome front page...
> >
> > Thanks Charlie, we love you two ;-)
> >
> > marc
> >
> +
> -> post:
> -> questions:
> -> subscribe/unsubscribe:
> -> give:
> +
> Subscribers to Rhizome are subject to the terms set out in the
> Membership Agreement available online at


"Bitter times, I wish I could reassure you."
.news series.