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“besides,” by Annie Abrahams and Martina Ruhsam [online]

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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