Annie Abraham’s Angry Women is a piece hosted on webcam. The webcam acts as a facilitator for the women’s anger. The purpose of this artwork is to make a stand on female anger through angry discussions on the internet. Five performances were carried out with a full womans panel. Another had only men and the other two mixed with female. They also carried out private webcam meetings to reflect on and analyse the performance.
“We all have one subject, in fact. Mine is communication and the difficulty to communicate at all. Everything I do is around that.”
– Annie Abrahams
By using anger as a premise for this performance, remote communication that is through webcam becomes a method of disentanglement for the grievances of the participants.
“In the beginning I had difficulties accepting these videoarchives because I saw how much they depended on our hazardous trying to interact, to be present in this universe of alone togetherness. Besides I didn’t like my own presence. As in other web performances I felt trapped and revealed myself not as I would have liked to be revealed.”
– Annie Abrahams
Annie believes that communicating in a grid works on the concept of “No Exit”. Having to be present in that small digital space, being isolated in togetherness gives her the sense of entrapment. I find this quite interesting because the act of talking through grievance in this artwork seems like a liberating concept.
“She clearly understands the inherent issues of bandwidth, distance, separation, and even alienation that occurs online. In fact, in many ways she embraces these issues and incorporates them into the vocabulary of her work.”
– Randall Packer on Annie Abrahams
The idea of alienation occurring as a result of bandwidth, disruption when communicating through the third space, is one that is prevalent yet easily overlooked by many – myself included. Through this concept of disruption and bandwidth, we may be able to explore the disentanglement of our real world problems within our curated utopia.
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Very good observation of how work such as Annie Abrahams can allow us to think about our own entanglements, disruptions, frustrations and even anger on the Internet. What do you think of Angry Women? Is it a piece you would want to participate in? Do you think it has value as a way for women to vent their frustration? These are important questions the piece is exploring.