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Online En-semble - Entanglement Training

 With Annie Abrahams (NL/FR) with Antye Greie (DE/FI), Helen Varley Jamieson (NZ/DE), Soyung Lee (KR), Huong Ngô (HK/USA), Daniel Pinheiro (VE/PT), Igor Stromajer (SLO/DE).

Thursday 29 of March 2018, 7am-10am CDT / 8am-11am EDT / 2pm-5pm CEDT / 8pm-11pm SGT.
In the frame of Art of the Networked Practice symposium, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Invited by Randall Packer.

Program of the day :
7.45 SGT soundtest for all
8pm SGT Introduction by Randall
8.15 pm Maria Chatzichristodoulou keynote Live Art and Telematics: The Promise of Internationalism
9.30 pm Online En-semble – Entanglement Training Live networked performance
10 pm Post performance roundtable with Maria, us and the audience

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.

Disentangling the Entanglements article on our preparations by Randall Packer.

A promise of internationalism. Randall Packer introduces Maria Chatzichristodoulou's keynote.

Training Entanglement with whom? Blog post by Annie Abrahams where she introduces the performers.

Séoul, Singapore, Ljubljana, Hailuoto, München, Montréal, Cassis and Montpellier and all the cables and machines in between.

Performance traces:


Images and photos on flickr

Performance protocol.pdf

Collected phrases by each of the performers before the performance

 64 pages Chat log
References: John Cage, Haim Steinbach, Buddha, Fluxus, DIWO, Dan Graham, Nancy Kitchell (Wilson-Pajic), Ree Morton, Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz, Yvonne Rainer.

Some comments:
Alan Sondheim: re: these experiments - there is no 'real time' - always a delay! that's the nature of the universe, the meat of these performances
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 sam

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

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.

Video (28 min):



Preparation:

Done : Training on the 22nd of March!
Training Protocol.pdf.


Latency Training.


For now :
Huong work with two webcams - test extra
Soyung extra test
Helen's Tries to find G4 connection.
Antye
Daniel test from Canada
Igor test from Ljubljana - use cable and /or try G4

Please drop an email for a last minute test or questions- I'll try anything to help you.

-use cable connexion - not wifi if possible
- connect webcams and headsets
- restart your compter
- be sure you don't have any other application running (certainly not skype)
- before connecting do the adobe audio test
- If for any reason your connexion doesn't perform good try connecting via your G3 or G4 foon.

 

How To:


Please use the chrome browser - Firefox sometimes crashed and performs not as good as chrome with this.
Before connecting you need to do the Adobe Connect Diagnostic test https://connect.ntu.edu.sg/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
It will tell you to upgrade your flash plugin if necessary, it will ask you to install the adobe add-in and check your bandwidth.
Please follow the procedure: download the adobe connect Add-in when proposed and allow camera and microphone access.
Please don't skip the audio test.

Go to the symposiums performance room in Adobe Connect https://connect.ntu.edu.sg/thirdspacenetwork
You have got your login and password in a special mail somewhere beginning of December.
(don't enter as a guest, if you do so, you will have to empty all caches of the browser and start the login all over again)


The interface has three important icons in the middle of the screen. Here the speaker, microphone and webcam icons are all green and active. If they are “red” you can click on them to start them.

 

Done: Private tech test sessions:
Soyung Jan 10 11h (19h Séoul)
Huong Jan 10 18h (11am Chicago?)
Daniel Jan 12 22h (21h Porto)
Helen Jan 15 11h
Igor Jan 15 12h
Antije Jan 19 10h (11h Finland)
Result : All known now how to connect and are aware they can be thrown out and come back again. We talked about phrases and objects. All will have a second webcam connected.
We don't have all a good connexion to the Singapore server - this doesn't seem to be depending on you normal bandwidth - Randall and the tech team are looking for solutions. We need more information. Try using your cellphone connexion if normal internet is bad - that worked for me)


Technical test meeting all 7 together. Duration 30 min. - we need to know how the interface is behaving when we are all there, we need to test some interaction and direction possibilities and sound behaviour.
Saturday 27th of January. 8am for Huong in Chicago, 23h for Soyung in Séoul, 14h for Daniel in Porto and 15h for Igor, Helen and Annie, 16h for Antije in Haluioto and 22h for Randall in Singapore.
Result: a lot of glitches, silence, delay, fluctuating speed - maybe that what entanglement training is meant to be.
Sound wise it sh/could, can be better - we need to be sure to do the adobe sound test before and if we want to change something we need to go out of the interface completely and change things before reconnecting again.
Contact me after the 10th of February if you want to test with me again.
Randall made a video screencap https://vimeo.com/253082073. Password is the same as for the adobe interface.

 

Preparation:

Please start collecting interesting phrases and think of simple objects you could use during a part of the final performance where we will "converse" using these objects, the collected phrases and our voices. The part is meant to be a prolongation of the project besides, - on object agency I did with Martina Ruhsam. ( http://bram.org/besides/ )
The objects  can be anything that goes under your webcam - very personal things can be difficult, because not understood by all - with Martina we choose to work with quit neutral things - please be aware you won't discuss your choice during the performance.
The text should come from the "citations" you collected - I would like them to be "outstanding" for who you are, and your position in society - they can be political, poetic, philosophical but also simple phrases heard on the street.

 

Who:

Annie Abrahams is an artist who questions the possibilities and limits of communication in general and more specifically investigates its modes under networked conditions. She develops an aesthetics of attention and trust, for which human behaviour is the main material. Abrahams is known worldwide for her netart and collective writing experiments and is an internationally regarded pioneer of networked performance art. She presented work in Centre Pompidou, Jeu de Paume, Paris; Stadtgalerie Mannheim; Black Mountain College Museum Arts Center; New Museum, New York; Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art; Furtherfield Gallery, London; NIMk, Amsterdam and Aksioma, Ljubljana among others. http://bram.org

Antye Greie (also know as AGF) is a composer, music producer, sound artist & curator, poet, feminist and activist. Born and raised in East Germany, she now lives and works in Hailuoto, Finland. Her artistic tools are language, sound, listening, voice, and communication which she expresses in mixed media. Since 2011, she is the organiser and co-founder of Hai Art in Hailuoto. Antye campaigns for diversity in the arts with the women collective female:pressure. She runs her own music publishing label AGF Producktion and has collaborated with Eliane Radigue, Gudrun Gut, Kaffe Matthews, Vladislav Delay, Craig Armstrong, Ellen Allien amongst many others. http://antyegreie.com/

Helen Varley Jamieson is a writer, theatre practitioner and digital artist from New Zealand, based in Germany. She holds a Master of Arts (Research) investigating cyberformance - live performance on the internet – which she has practiced since 1999. In 2003 she co-founded UpStage, a web-based platform for cyberformance, and has co-curated many international online festivals and events. Her work employs digital and online tools to address current environmental, political and social issues. Recent projects; We have a situation! (2013-), Unaussprechbarlich (2015-), Tales from the Towpath (2014) and make-shift (2010-12). Helen is active in open-source, feminist, theatre and digital art networks. http://www.creative-catalyst.com/

Soyung Lee currently lives and works in Seoul. She is interested in reflecting the aspects on how the culture and lifestyle of a region is related in an individual's history, conflict, and sensibilities. After working on a project about Korean Diasporas in Central Asia from 2011 to 2013, she continues to experiment on multimedia projects dealing with languages and identities of minority groups such as migrant workers, immigrants, and disaporas in society. Her solo exhibitions include: Displaced (Videotage, Hong Kong, 2016), Doubtful Nest (Boan Art Space, Seoul, 2015), Cloud-Cuckoo-Land (Gallery Curiosity, Seoul, 2009). http://www.soyunglee.com/

Huong Ngô was born in Hong Kong and is currently based in Chicago. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA, Art & Technology), and was a studio fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program. She was recently awarded the Fulbright US Scholar Grant in Vietnam to continue a project (begun at the Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer in France) that examines the colonial history of surveillance. Her work engages ideas of radical pedagogy and intersectionality to connect personal experiences with political struggles via performance, time-based media, and sculpture. http://www.huongngo.com/

Daniel Pinheiro, performer and visual artist born in Venezuela and based in Porto, Portugal has been developing work in the fields of Video and Telematic Art using its tools as resource to discuss and reflect upon the impact of technology on everyday life. With a background in Theater his practice focuses on the perception of the self and identity in a networked society. Parallel to developing his personal artistic work he’s also working in the field of curation mostly expanding his practice to the assemblage of works of other artists in specific showings regarding emerging practices and artistic approaches. http://daniel-pinheiro.tumblr.com/

Igor Štromajer researches tactical emotional para-artistic actions, intimate guerrilla, and traumatic low-tech communication strategies. He has shown his work at more than two hundred exhibitions in more than sixty countries (transmediale, ISEA, EMAF, SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica Futurelab, V2_, IMPAKT, CYNETART, Manifesta, ARCO, Microwave, Banff Centre and in numerous other galleries and museums worldwide) and received a number of awards. His projects form part of the permanent collections of Le Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, Computerfinearts collection in New York, and Maribor Art Gallery. As a guest artist he lectures at universities and contemporary art institutes. http://intima.org

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