Annie Abrahams Co production Panoplie.org 2002 2003 Programmation William Pezet.
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.)
"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 .
Review on " separation " by R. Catlow for furtherfield.org 2003 , by 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.), and by John Zuern in his review Where Are We Now?: Orienteering in the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2 for the Electronic Book Review (2011-11-09 ).
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).