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.

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Why do we have difficulties to open a computer and change its hard disk?

Why do we have difficulties to open a computer and change its hard disk?
Telematic performance by Annie Abrahams & Eliza Fantozzi
Français, English subtitles
Production :, Domaine d'O.
Info :​2011/​03/​20/​disque-dur/​


intercontinental caress

The performance has been replaced by
A Local Telematic Touch

we will not touch – we will create an image of a touch – yet I am
sure he will touch me, I am sure my flesh will be bruised by this touch
– that it will ask the impossible
- my body might not sustain - I probably will need help

07 05 2011 20h30
la Tapisserie
13 rue Pétion (11e arrondissement)
30 min.


intercontinental caress

This performance had to annulated because of technical problems.


intercontinental caress

Sat May 07, 2011 14:30 - Sat May 07, 2011

The intercontinental caress is a telematic performance between Paris and New York using the sense of touch. Thanks to a specific interface developed at the University of Technology of Compiègne (France) it is possible to touch the other through the optic fibers going across the ocean. The performance explores what is at stake when intimacy (skin, caress) is mixed with advanced technology (interfaces and wires, algorithms, ...). Using a poetic performance language, the "intercontinental caress" aims at deconstructing the objective notions of time, space and body by introducing a wedge of desire and care.

"I do not like being touched.
Touching me is only for intimi. I am not intimate with Fabrice. This new telematic intimate experience, this intercontinental caress makes me remember the The Big Kiss performance with Mark River in 2007. I hardly knew Mark, yet we kissed,we practiced a French Kiss for three hours. This is what one sees in  the video archives, but in fact we constructed the kiss together, we
co-created it. Our action was far from headlong, we were elsewhere – we co-designed an image of a kiss with our tongue. And in the meanwhile I remembered all the kisses, French or not, I ever gave, all the images ofkisses I knew. My tongue was animated by these memories and I felt the movement of Mark's tongue via proxy.
A story became.
How it will be this time? Is the touch interposed by pins going to touch me? Will my skin be sensitive enough for an exchange? What memories this experience will wake up in me? What new reality will we construct?

The performance will take place on the 7th of May :
at 2:30pm in New York (Fabrice Métais)
at the Old School, 233 Mott St (Soho), (as part of the New Museum’s festival of ideas )
and at 8:30pm in Paris (Annie Abrahams)
at la tapisserie,
13 rue Pétion (75011)

In New York, the performance is supported by the EYELEVEL BQE gallery

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Performmikka Internettikka

Winner Expanded Media Award Online/Offline Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival no 24 2011
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