Annie Abrahams

Annie Abrahams, Internet performance artist

Saturday, May 13

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| About Annie Abrahams |

The Big Kiss
The Big Kiss (2008) by Annie Abrahams, live Webcam networked art, performed by Abrahams and Mark River

Dutch performance artist Annie Abrahams uses webcam technology to unite participants in the shared electronic third space. In her ground-breaking networked performance The Big Kiss (2008), two performers engage in the act of “kissing” via the network. As with much of Abrahams networked performance art, she questions intimacy and even sexuality in the “telematic embrace,” despite locational separation. She asks: are we “alone together” in our online, virtual relationships, or are we able to form meaningful and deeply human connections through networked interaction and performance.

Annie Abrahams has a Doctoraal in Biology from the University of Utrecht and a Master of Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts of Arnhem, Netherlands. In her work, using video, performance, and the internet, she questions the possibilities and the limits of communication in general and more specifically investigates its modes under networked conditions. She is known worldwide for her net art and collective writing experiments and is an internationally regarded pioneer of Internet performance art. Abrahams creates situations meant to reveal messy and sloppy sides of networked human behaviour, to trap reality and so makes that reality available for thought and critique.

In 2012 she co-organized the first Cyposium – an online symposium and publishing project in collaboration with cyberformance artist Helen Varley Jamieson: bridging networked performance with cybernetic social interaction. Lately Abrahams continues investigating the role of empathy, things, the voice, absence and presence in online communication and the concept of “being with” in projects as besides, On Object Agency with the choreographer and theorician Martina Ruhsam and DistantFeeling(s) with Daniel Pinheiro and Lisa Parra.

For more information about Annie Abrahams: http://bram.org/info/aa.htm

| About Networked Conversations |

Networked Conversations is a series of live, online interviews hosted by Randall Packer, a presentation of the Third Space Network. The series features media artists, curators, writers, and activists discussing a broad range of topics at the intersection of social, political and aesthetic issues relevant to net culture. Networked Conversations collapses geographical and cultural boundaries via participatory Internet chat, and is free & open & accessible from anywhere in the world.

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