Annie Abrahams
Since the beginning
Works in Montpellier France

Annie Abrahams has a doctorate in biology from the university of Utrecht and a grade from the Academy of fine arts of Arnhem. In her work, using video, performance as well as the internet, she questions the possibilities and the limits of communication in general and more specifically investigates its modes under networked conditions. She is an internationally regarded pioneer of networked performance art.
She has performed and shown work extensively in France, including at the Pompidou Centre, Paris, and in many international galleries including among others Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló, Spain; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan; HTTP gallery in London and NIMk in Amsterdam; festivals such as the Moscow Film Festival; the International Film Festival of Rotterdam and the Stuttgarter Filmwinter, and on online platforms such as and Turbulence.
She teached at the university of Montpellier in the arts department. (2002-2005) From november 2006 to january 2009 she curated the project “InstantS” for She also curated and organized the “Breaking Solitude” and Double Bind webperformances on in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Besides doing her art work she lectures and teaches workshops.

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besides, - 3 online performances

Thu Jun 11, 2015 13:00 - Sat Jun 13, 2015

Next week Thursday, Friday and Saturday you are most welcome to assist in:

A Turbulence commission with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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.

19h CET - 1pm EDT - online (find you local time)
streaming Ivan Chabanaud /

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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Press Release and Launch CyPosium - the book

Fri Dec 12, 2014 19:45 - Fri Dec 12, 2014

Munich, Germany

CyPosium - the book, Press Release + Launch December 12, 7PM. Platform, Munich and online.

New Book Explores Live Performance on the Internet

A new book exploring the field of cyberformance - live performance events that connect remote participants via the internet - offers a variety of perspectives on this multi-disciplinary live art form.

CyPosium - the book presents selected material from the CyPosium, a one-day online symposium organised in October 2012 to discuss cyberformance. Artists from a range of backgrounds have experimented in this field for as long as they have had access to the internet, and the CyPosium sought to remember and celebrate some of this ephemeral and pioneering work.

The 12-hour event consisted of online presentations and facilitated discussions, and attracted an audience from around the world who engaged in a lively, vibrant real-time conversation. CyPosium - the book continues and expands on this discussion by presenting texts, chat log excerpts, discussion transcripts, edited email conversations, creative chat excerpt essays and illustrations from the event, along with responses to the event.

This book will be of interest to practitioners, students and researchers of digital and online arts. While its focus is live performance, the contributors hail from a wide range of practice both online and offline, and their writing illustrates the hybrid nature of contemporary arts involving digital technologies. Music, dance, poetry, sound art and the visual arts all feature, as well as entertainment and social practices such as computer games, virtual worlds and online dating. Common themes that emerged during the CyPosium are also present in the book, such as the changing role of the audience; intimacy in the online environment; and mortality. This breadth of form and content reflects the ever-increasing ubiquity of the internet and digital technologies in our daily lives as well as our arts practices.
Edited by Annie Abrahams and Helen Varley Jamieson, the contributors are Adriene Jenik, Alan Sondheim, Alberto Vazquez, Annie Abrahams, Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn, Cherry Truluck, Clara Gomes, Helen Varley Jamieson, James Cunningham, Joseph DeLappe, Liz Bryce, Maria Chatzichristodoulou, Maja Delak and Luka Prinčič, Miljana Perić, Rob Myers, Roger Mills, Ruth Catlow, Stephen A. Schrum and Suzon Fuks.

CyPosium - the book is published by Link Editions, in partnership with La Panacée, Montpellier, as part of “Open”, a series of catalogues, essay collections and pamphlets co-published with partner institutions. It is available as a print-on-demand paperback, e-book and downloadable PDF.

Order your copy
via Lulu or Amazon:

Read the ebook:

Downloadable PDF:

For further information contact:
Helen Varley Jamieson ( ) and / or Annie Abrahams ( )

You are most welcome to the
Launch of
CyPosium - the book, with online performative readings.
Friday 12 December, 7PM.
Gastatelier, PLATFORM
Kistlerhofstr. 70 > Haus 60 > 3. Stock
81379 München

and online from 7.45 PM.

in the frame of an evening of networked performance and exhibition tour of the exhibition Net Work organised by Gretta Louw.


Beyond (spectacle) – Episode II

Fri Feb 21, 2014 19:45 - Fri Feb 21, 2014

Montpellier, France

21/02/2014 19h45 CET

Beyond (spectacle) – Episode II
Annie Abrahams and Igor Stromajer

Streaming: Ivan Chabanaud
Technical assistance: Jan de Weille
Reader: Laurie Bellanca

Les anormales
festival Tropisme
la Panacée, Montpellier and online

Remotely connected, Annie & Igor will be your avatars. You can set them into e-motion through your writing.
To command them go to at 19h45 on Friday the 21st.

You can follow a live stream of this and other performances (by NatYot, Antoine Boute and Orion Scohy) from 18h18 via

Marionettes / Scripting Reality / On Manipulation / Txt Theater / Public Collaboration Dynamics

More information Beyond (spectacle)


#ReadingClub #Jeu de Paume #Raymond Queneau

Tue Nov 19, 2013 19:00 - Tue Nov 19, 2013

On November 19th 7pm Paris time you are welcome

7 PM at the Jeu de Paume, 1, place de la Concorde, Paris. In the frame of the exhibition Erreur d'Impression, publier à l'ère du numérique, curated by Alessandro Ludovico there will be a double, parallel session of the Readingclub based on a text by Raymond Queneau.

Readers for the English session : JR Carpenter, Jerome Fletcher, Leonardo Flores and Renee Turner.

Readers for the French session : Eric Arlix, Philippe Castellin, Catherine Lenoble and Alexandra Saemmer.
The live projection of the performance will be augmented with a sound environment created for the occasion by Christian Vialard.
Annie Abrahams and Emmanuel Guez will be present for a lecture and questions afterwards.

7 PM Online : Please wait for the performance to start. There is a chatwindow where you can exchange, discuss and comment the performance. Find your local time :

// Related Articles
In the Reading Club, reading is not unthought Annick Rivoire interviews Annie Abrahams and Emmanuel Guez for poptronics about their recent project the “Reading Club“. The project, which experiments with an active, participatory, collaborative and performative reading on the Internet, chose Furtherfield as a host for its 4th online session. This interview provides an interesting introduction to the ideas behind it.
An experience in the Aether: A hack of the hacker manifesto Maf'j Alvarez in Joining the dots.

// Archives
of the two sessions organised with furtherfield (recording and chatlog) :
Hacking – The Hacker Manifesto with Aileen Derieg, Cornelia Sollfrank, Dmytri Kleiner and Marc Garrett.
Postinternet is’s undefined bastard child – ARPANET dialogues with Alessandro Ludovico, Jennifer Chan, Lanfranco Aceti and Ruth Catlow, who reenacted this historic collision in a contemporary context.