what are we?

when are we? where are we?

- verify if record is on
- put the timer on 15 min
- close your eyes
- try feeling the others presence, try provoking their presence, find out what is present, where we are ... we
- when timer goes off we open our eyes and just watch for a minute, then, whatever ....




we is what?



Distant Feeling(s) is an online performance series where Daniel Pinheiro in Porto, Annie Abrahams in Montpellier and Lisa Parra in New York experiment “distanced feeling” in an interface that normally is used for videoconferencing. They join in an online séance trying to experience the others presence with their eyes closed and no talking.

Together they try to grasp if and how energy flows between bodies in an online performance where physical presence is absent.

While the performers, during a session, go more and more into a liminal space of 'being together' - perusing the somewhat questionable presence of the other(s) - the audience is invited to observe this silent process of concentration. They are allowed an intimate “regard” on faces slowly reaching a gesture - a still life in motion, of humans wrapped together through the machines.



Related to a discussion initiated by Annie Abrahams in August 2015:
Would “empathy” be a word to describe what is needed
(put at stake) in networked webcam performances?

Distant Feeling(s) 17min35 Edited video available for projection, installation, exhibition.
Contact landv0dotproject@gmail.com or bramdotorg@gmail.com



Annie Abrahams, artist and performer, investigates the possibilities and limits of communication under networked conditions. She is known worldwide for her netart and collective writing experiments and is an internationally regarded pioneer of networked performance art. bram.org

Lisa Parra is a choreographer and performer. Her works have been presented in New York at Movement Research, Center for Performance Research, Queens Museum, Glasshouse Project, LUMEN Festival, Triskelion Arts Center, and internationally in Portugal, Spain and Mexico. lanaisnotwool.tumblr.com/

Daniel Pinheiro, performer and visual artist based in Porto, Portugal has been developing work in the field of Telematic Art mostly as a resource to discuss and reflect upon the impact of technology on everyday life. daniel-pinheiro.tumblr.com/



DistantFeeling(s) has evolved in an online ritual of contemplation on our situation of being together while being separated.

To host the 2019 Distant Feeling(s) #7 session in real space you need a good internet connexion, a computer and a video projector with sound. The projection has to be done on a wall and should be at least three meters large. Sound speakers should be on.
Contact landv0dotproject@gmail.com or bramdotorg@gmail.com

DistantFeeling(s) creates online communality while resisting the speed of daily live and producing uninteresting data for AI robots.
DistantFeeling(s) - an ever-changing re-enactment of our intra-action with machines.


Distant FeelingS #6

Thursday 26/09 18h30, Video Vortex, Valletta, Malta.
Duration 15 min.
Online. Open to all.
If you want to join you need to install the zoom application on your device and on the 26th connect at 6:25 pm Paris time to meeting no 3210554238. - find your time here.
Projected in Malta - two onstage participants.
Sound: textcollection of past participant reactions spoken by Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett.


Distant Feelings satelite.

17th of Mai 2019 An early morning session with the 14 participants of the Cie In Vitro Lab (Écrans).


Distant FeelingS #5

Wednesday December 19th 2018, 9-9:15AM EST (New York time) / 3-3:15PM GMT+1 (Paris time)
Open to all.

Duration 15min.

Distant Feeling(s) #5, fifth session in a series of online webcam meetings trying to experience each other’s presence eyes closed and no talking.

Distant Feeling(s) #5, the second of a livelong yearly reconnection.
An ever-changing re-enactment of our entanglement with machines.

Short reactions of some participants :
Zara Rodríguez Prieto: …to BE together for 15 min, just BEING
James Cunningham: Just so nice to do nothing with a globally dispersed group of people.
Camille Bloomfield: … all these strangers agree to close their eyes together and show their vulnerabilities to each other, or at least show themselves vulnerable.
Ruth Catlow: Things were louder than people.

Screenrecording of the last 5 min of the connexion https://youtu.be/jiNXjv6UsFo

Screenrecording of the whole event https://vimeo.com/308709859
gallery view

Screenrecording of the whole event by Alix Desaubliaux (participant) https://vimeo.com/308710238
main speaker view - available for projection, installation exhibition.

Three different perspectives on the same event. The first accentuates the moment of the discovery of the community, the diversity of it's participants. The second stresses the duration and the becoming one (group) in the event, and the third allows an intimate and quiet portrait of the individual experience.
None tells you what, how it was. Join us next time!

Distant FeelingS #4

Friday December 1st 2017, 7.30 - 7.45pm Paris time..
Open to all..

Distant Feeling(s) #4, fourth session in a series of online webcam meetings trying to experience each other’s presence eyes closed and no talking.

Distant Feeling(s) #4, the first of a livelong yearly reconnection.
An ever-changing re-enactment of our intra-action with machines.

Online recording of zoom.

Screen recording
  by Daniel.
Two versions - we don't live exactly the same event.

Daniel Pinheiro wrote after this sťance:
15 minutes of 'us' being together, (t)here, where? The time between the encounters will happen from now until then what/how will it be? same people? same set up? same software?! The time in between will measure these questions and urgencies that we bring to this moment. Maybe in the future 15 minutes won't be enough. Maybe too much? 15 minutes against the everyday digital restlessness, building a sensorial invisible fabric that gathers who's participating (and who's not?!), resiliently coming back to this shared moment, with the same faces or others, other possibilities of promoting a silent and blind encounter across each other in an electronic communion. Will it be 'us' again?! 


Distant FeelingS #3

Thursday 24 Nov. 2016
6.30 pm London time, 19h30 Paris time.
Duration 15 min.

VisionS in the Nunnery Programme Launch
Curated by Tessa Garland and Cinzia Cremona
The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ. )

Lisa Parra in New York, USA,
Daniel Pinheiro in Porto, Portugal
Annie Abrahams in Montpellier, France
will gather in an online séance trying to experience each other’s presence.

How does it feel to share an interface with eyes closed and no talking?

Anyone could participate in this digital mindfulness experiment.
Download the zoom.us application - desktop or other devices -
and “Join meeting” ID = 630407193 at the right time.

Recording of the session at the Nunnery. A telematic embrace?

It was about acknowledging that system, that fabric, the technological nervous system that became present through the silence of those participating.
Reactions by Daniel, Lisa, Annie, Randall Packer, Johannes Birringer, Nicolaas Schmidt and Ruth Catlow published on Landproject by Daniel Pinheiro.

I was waiting for silence to fall, after the chatter. when it occured, there was no embrace. but a faint sensation of sharing a silent small reprieve, over the constant noise and anger of the world, but an alonesilence as one could not see the others. it is the strangest experience, to be alonesilentblind with assumed others somewhere out there. Johannes Birringer

Like your work The Kiss, or Paul Sermon's telematic pieces, the sensation of intimacy is never "real," it is based on the willingness to believe and to allow closeness to become "real" despite separation. For those who participated in this experiment, it was exactly that: the willingness to suspend one's belief in the knowledge of the virtual proximity and connectiveness of the others. It is that knowledge that can can be convincing enough to suspend disbelief and thus be silently wrapped in the telematic embrace. This work is a great model for how we might conduct ourselves on the Internet. Randall Packer

hanging out with friends... Nicolaas Schmidt

liminal space – pure motion – an intimate regard – a field of light – dissolved, destabilized – an altered state – a telematic embrace – a silent small reprieve – hanging out with friends – machines conversing across the network only when the noisy humans finally shut up - an organic acceptance of silence?
An organic acceptance of silence : More reflexions 2017.

Distant Feeling(s) #1 - raw

Daniel Pinheiro in Porto, Annie Abrahams in Montpellier and Lisa Parra in New York spend 15 min of distanced feeling together. 4 March 2016.
Experience the others presence online with eyes closed. (no talking)


Meeting Lisa and Daniel.
Yes we met. In space. Where? In my body maybe?
I was trying to much. Maybe. Why did I look more up than down? Was there, where we were, more up in the sky than here down? I was imagining I might be able to provoke an action, a telematic coordination of movement. It didn't happen. Slowly I went from the outside to the inside. I was with them on the floor of Lisa's dance studio. I could feel them. Bullshit of course. There was nothing to say when we opened our eyes.
I would like to do it again, I would like to see what would happen a second time.
Was Lisa crying near the end?

“I did cry.
I too was imaging myself lying on the floor. it was an inner journey of images, desires, dreams, feelings of sadness and happiness
it was special, it was a special moment in time.” - Lisa Parra

“It made me think of meeting strangers inside an elevator that gets stucked. Where my mind traveled many places trying to understand where was I in relation to these other two persons. Were they there still?! The urge to open my eyes was suddenly erased by the warmth of the sun in my face… here… and back to them … there.

it constantly made me feel that I was there because they were also there, suddenly instead of facing them it was about these three silent bodies “looking” at something else. 

the intimate space of silence is awkward. the absence of time and space is endless and infinite” - Daniel Pinheiro


Distant Feeling(s) #2

Lisa Parra in Los Angeles USA
Daniel Pinheiro in Lisabon Portugal
Annie Abrahams in Montpellier France
gathered again in an online séance to try to experience each other’s presence with closed eyes.
Duration 30 min. + discussion afterwards.

The encounter was livestreamed directly to reSense #1
reSense [movement, performance, technology, art] Festival
curated by Byrke Lou and Marcello Lussana
26 of July 2016 21h45
SPEKTRUM - art science community
Bürknerstraße 1
12047 Berlin
Thanks to Olivia Jack (artist and webrtc developer)

When meeting online we face a lack of references that usually define the perception of ‘being’ somewhere at a given time. This object aims at discussing, within the possibilities of networked performance, the mediation itself by removing the fundamental sense that allows connectedness to happen. In a mainly visual rationalized culture we question the following: what are we then left with?

With a sense of proximity ? Intentions of provoking a telematic coordination of movements diluted into a journey of each individual approach on experiencing a shared moment in time? What time?

distant feeling(s) #2
More images on flickr.
Video of the séance on youtube

We felt lonely, not connected, we became unsettled, I started talking - we have to do it again, we have to try again.
"The audience, present at Spektrum wondered about a score, a set of interconnected predetermined actions when, in fact, while unaware of them (of who, how many they were) we acknowledged their presence while "searching" for eachother. In&out of the rules, "doing" in order to be active, waiting for the right amount of time that would signal this shared moment, we were left (maybe) individually transitioning between our locations and the venue with the audience more than just with ourselves together."
- Daniel Pinheiro.

"My experience in this performance was not one of nervousness or feeling lost like you both felt. Rather, I felt very present and connected to you both and to those watching-- I felt/heard your nervousness and unsettling movements, which for me was like trying to solve a problem. The problem being the chaos, and settling in with that." -
Lisa Parra.

Lisa and Annie sharing a blind moment during their first online meeting in Oct 2015.



online séances
After collaborating with Lisa and Daniel in their LAND PROJECT: Placelessness (October, 2015) we decided to continue to experiment "distanced feeling" all three together in a new project called Distant Feeling(s).