with Whom ?
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 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.
distributed intelligence on the fly? Blog post by Annie Abrahams after watching the video recording of the performance.
I would love to do a follow-up, to continue this entanglement training.
Séoul, Singapore, Ljubljana, Hailuoto, München, Montréal, Cassis and Montpellier and all the cables and machines in between.
Collected phrases by each of the performers before the performance
64 pages Chat log
Rob Wittig : a wonderful performance today — tactile and musical and spooky and friendly and distant and close!
Done : Training on the 22nd of March!
-use cable connexion - not wifi if possible
Go to the symposiums performance room in Adobe Connect https://connect.ntu.edu.sg/thirdspacenetwork
Done: Private tech test sessions:
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/ )
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