separation/séparation français


body-machine/corps-machine

Annie Abrahams Co production Panoplie.org 2002 2003 Programmation William Pezet.

After flash: Archives:

Annie Abrahams, Separation from Dene Grigar on Vimeo. This video clip captures electronic literature artist Annie Abrahams performing her Flash work, “Separation,” at “A Toast to the Flash Generation,” hosted by Dene Grigar of the Electronic Literature Lab at Washington State University Vancouver and the Electronic Literature Organization. Dec. 31 2020.

Original .fla files in a .zip (FR, ENG, 800, 1200px wide)

Screencaptures of the images in the exercises in a .zip

Poem, exercises, alert texts and short description of interactivity in a .pdf.

The .html .swf and .txt files are still on this website in the map bram.org/separation/sepa/

You also have access to an active archive made with Rhizome's Conifer: https://conifer.rhizome.org/_embed/annieabrahams/separationséparation/20201116170019$br:firefox:68/https://www.bram.org/separation/sepa/separa_1200_eng.html



Originally a text written during a stay in the hospital in 2001. The visitor is constrained to follow the implemented exercises. The exercises are based on the exercises in workpace, a breaks and exercise software tool proven to assist the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

All computer workers tend to forget their body, and so risk to be a victim of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) one day. The visitors of 'separation' are constraint to click slowly ( as someone recovering from rsi) to see appearing one word at a time of the text. Every now and than a exercise is proposed and all interaction with the computer is postponed. (A recovering rsi patient needs to do this kind of exercises.)
The text seems to be about a separation between human beings, only the last two phrases reveal that it's about a separation between a human being and a computer.

"This is the first time that my body has been directly addressed, indeed disciplined, by a Net Art work. This is made possible by its complex composition. separation/séparation is made of many parts: a web interface, an economical visual aesthetic, texts (the monologue, the instructions, the commands), human-to-machine interaction." Essay for the catalogue of "If not you not me" exhibition of work by Annie Abrahams at HTTP gallery in London, Ruth Catlow, January 2010 http://www.furtherfield.org/if-not-you-not-me-2 .

Reviews " separation ", R. Catlow for furtherfield.org 2003, Remedios Zafra (Spanish) in the show 'Habitar en (punto) net' at "Espai F", Mataró (Barcelona) Spain, 24 10- 19 12 2003. (With Auriea Harvey, Tina Laporta, Margot Lovejoy, Mary Flannagan, Laura Floid, Cornelia Solfrank and Natalie Bookchin.), John Zuern in Where Are We Now?: Orienteering in the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2 for the Electronic Book Review (2011-11-09 ). Miriam Torralba Cortés, EL HIPERTEXTO COMO EL “FUTURO” PRESENTE EN LA COMPOSICIÓN Y LECTURA DE LOS LIBROS DE ARTISTA. DOS CASOS: “SEPARATION/SÉPARATION” DE ANNIE ABRAHAMS Y “ATEMPORAL” DE RICARDO CASTRO Y CÉSAR ROMÁN. thesis, Mexico 2014.

"This is also to say that Separation / Séparation shakes me back into myself, makes me itchily aware of my being, instead of allowing me to believe I have dissolved into an immaterial receptacle for receiving entertainment, which is how I most enjoy feeling in front of a screen. ... In Separation / Séparation, Abrahams anticipates our impatient behaviors and both goads us into them, so we become conscious of these automatic operations, and induces us to comport ourselves differently, to adopt a gentler attitude in front of the poor pounded-on computer. ... That escape comes easiest through technology, but not here: Abrahams bars the door to fugitive, algorithmic reprieve." 05/2020, Revisiting the net artist’s Flash poem Separation / Séparation by Ania Szremski for 4Columns, New York.

Presentations : Betaspace aout 03, 'Perspectives03', Computer Space Festival à Sofia/Bulgaria, 'ENTRAÎNEMENTS # 3 : Awardedin the section internet of 'travail de la danse/chorégraphies du travail', la Ménagerie de Verre, Paris, EDNA and Siemens Arts Program 2003, Festival Acces(s), Billère/Pau, France, Das TAT im Bockenheimer Depot, Frankfurt am Main, Allemagne, Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Lille/Tourcoing, France in 2004, Terminal X-perienZ 12 Dec. -18 Dec., centre Noroit, Erres. 2004, "Premio Internazionale Dino Villani", Galleria del Premio Suzzara, Mantova, 19 09 2004 – 2 02 2005, III muestra internacional de artes electrónicas, Bogota, Columbia, curator : Karen Dermineur 2005, Journée d'étude "Esthétiques intermédias: approches historiques" organised by Annie Gentès (ENST) and Isabelle Rieusset-Lemarié (MECSCI, UVSQ), Théâtre Paris - Villette, 1006 2006. Incorporated in thecomputerfinearts.com collection New York in 2005. Presented at [DAM] Berlin. 10.11 - 5.12.2006. Included in the Electronic Literature Collection 2 http://www.eliterature.org/ 2010. Included in MTAA’s Physical Bookmarks for Vintage Net Art Created Before Facebook (BF-2004), 2015, 5 x 6 inch etched vinyl on panel. Article and Italian translation by Mauro Carassai and Renata Morresi Verbal Disengagements: Translating Language Games in Annie Abrahams’s Separation/Séparation in Translating E-Literature (2015). Eds. Regnauld, Arnaud and Abrioux, Yves. Bibliothèque de l’Université Paris 8 (Saint-Denis, France).

 

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