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Turbulence.org Commission: “besides,” 3 Networked Performances

Turbulence.org Commission: “besides,” 3 networked performances by Annie Abrahams and Martina Ruhsam:

June 11, 12, & 13 online http://bram.org/besides at 19:00 (CET), 1:00 pm (EDT) (find your local time) Streaming by Ivan Chabanaud/mosaika.tv.

Annie and Martina will investigate the performative potential of real time computer-mediated communication. By listening to each other’s gestures (in a visual and acoustic sense) they will choreograph each other’s actions, despite Annie being in Montpellier, France and Martina in Berlin, Germany. Will they be able to create an intimate space within two webcam windows framed side-by-side on their screens? What will emerge when two vulnerable bodies, their silences, fragmented communication, a few mundane objects, and a lot of uncertainty collide?

June 11, 2015: “besides, the person I am becoming.”
Duration 20 minutes
The audience can interact via a chat window

June 12, 2015: “besides, moved by some thing.” An intimate conversation on death and illness.
Duration undetermined.
No interaction with the public.

June 13, 2015: “besides, Dear Body,”
Duration 3 minutes.
With public chat window, so we can discuss afterwards.

besides, is a 2015 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence.org website. It was made possible with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

BIOGRAPHIES

Annie Abrahams has a doctorate (M2) in biology from the University of Utrecht and a MA2 from the Academy of Fine Arts of Arnhem. She is known worldwide for her netart and collective writing experiments, and is an internationally regarded pioneer of networked performance art. From 2002-2005, she taught at the University of Montpellier in the Arts Department. Abrahams curated and organized “InstantS” (2006-2009) and the “Breaking Solitude” and “Double Bind” web performance series (2007-2009) for panoplie.org. In 2012 she co-organized “Cyposium,” an online symposium on cyberformance; and she published an article on webcam mediated communication and collaboration in JAR #2. In 2013 Abrahams and Emmanuel Guez started the “ReadingClub” project, an online venue for collaborative reading and writing performances. In 2014 she published two books: “from estranger to e¬stranger” with CONA and Aksioma, Ljubljana; and “CyPosium,” co-edited with Helen Varley Jamieson and published by LINK Editions.

Martina Ruhsam is a choreographer, performer and writer. From October 2008 to March 2009 she was (vicarious) head of the theorycentre in Tanzquartier Wien. In 2011 her book “Kollaborative Praxis: Choreographie” was published by Turia + Kant. Her artistic work and collaborations were presented at various venues and festivals, including: Wiener Festwochen, Tanzquartier Wien, brut, Kino Siska, Mladi Levi Festival, Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna, Museum of Contemporary Art, Metelkova. Ruhsam taught at Maska’s Seminar for Performing Arts (Ljubljana) and she has lectured internationally. She is also a member of the editorial board of Maska Performing Arts Journal, and she regularly contributes articles to the magazine. Currently she is completing a PhD at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen.

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Turbulence.org Commission: besides, by Annie Abrahams and Martina Ruhsam :: June 11, 12, 13; 19:00 (CET), 1:00 pm (EDT) (find your local time) :: ONLINE at http://bram.org/besides. Streaming Ivan Chabanaud / mosaika.tv

Three online experiments by Annie Abrahams and Martina Ruhsam, who will investigate the performative potential of computer-mediated performance. By listening to each other’s gestures (in a visual and acoustic sense) they will choreograph each other despite being geographically far away from each other – Annie will be in Montpellier, Martina in Berlin.

besides, is a 2015 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence.org website. It was made possible with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thursday, June 11, 2015: besides, the person I am becoming.
Duration 20 minutes. The audience can interact via a chatwindow.

As an assemblage of text-fragments and daily objects this live-performance is a series of linkages and open relations between words and banal things.

What do words, a pencil and a stone have in common? Does the stone change when being confronted by a hammer? What changes if it is replaced by a pill? Does the image of a spoon change the thought or does the thought change the thing?

Images talk as much as words. A month long, Martina and Annie collected words and objects – overheard phrases, poetry, academic citations, a piece of concrete, foam, a photo, a scan. Who says what? What can we understand? What if?

Friday, June 12, 2015: besides, moved by some thing.
Duration undetermined. No interaction with the public.

When facing death or illness all the accumulated knowledge surrounding these issues is displaced by experiences that can hardly be shared. Can liminal experiences be communicated verbally?

Annie and Martina recently both had an intimate encounter with death and illness and noticed it is very difficult to talk about this experience to others. Some people flee, others need to be reassured. Most art only touches upon it in a symbolical way.
 Annie and Martina will try to exchange views on the subject. They prepared this meeting individually, and agreed upon only one rule: the performance will be over when both their webcams will be black for more than one minute.

Saturday, June 13, 2015: besides, Dear Body,
Duration 3 minutes. With public chatwindow, so we can discuss afterwards.

A visual letter to (and from) two breathing bodies – exposing their fragility, vulnerability, mortality, strength, singularity and anonymity. Our Bodies are full of History. History is embodied – the skin being the imaginary boundary between a “you” and a “me”.

Dear body, dear body – dear aging body…

There is always something that escapes — some dimension of objects, bodies, events, and processes that withdraws despite all visual presence.

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