Streaming: Ivan Chabanaud
Technical assistance Jan de Weille



Log files with the commands in Beyond (spectacle) - Episode I :

Log file for Annie Abrahams:
17:13:17 a2666 Test. Text. Look to the right.
19:30:31 a3281 Est-ce une Ã(c)mission pour les australiens ?
19:32:56 a3281 Penses-tu que les vaches puent ? ou les porcs ?
19:33:53 a3281 Est ce que tu penses que l'on peut apprendre à bouger les oreilles?
19:34:28 a3281 Who was Groucho Marx?
19:34:50 a3281 Sing a song then !
19:35:29 a264 forget
19:35:50 a3281 Could you recite the alphabeth ?
19:35:57 a4451 Look indifferent.
19:36:07 a264 break something
19:36:21 a264 try again
19:36:37 a264 closer to me
19:36:56 a264 closer to her
19:37:13 a264 close-up
19:37:13 a4451 Cover your eyes with your fingers.
19:37:51 a1941 stand right up
19:37:56 a1941 mets toi de bout
19:38:19 a4451 sing a sad song without opening your mouth.
19:39:22 a4451 stop singing
19:39:32 a3281 Oef
19:39:36 a3281 ouf
19:39:36 a264 break the glass borders of your skin
19:39:46 a264 tremble (adagio)
19:40:48 annie clap clap domination
19:40:56 a4451 tell us many names
19:41:13 a shout during 5 seconds
19:41:20 a264 faster!
19:41:33 a264 lose something
19:41:34 hen how do we see?
19:42:27 a3281 Is Jezus with you? Who was he anyway?
19:42:34 a Â" Les femmes sont comme le crocodile : pour attraper l'homme, elles pleurent ; une fois qu'il est pris, elles le dÃ(c)vorent. Â"
19:42:40 annie cry
19:42:43 a264 forget
19:42:48 lucille lick your hand
19:43:13 a264 a random gesture
19:43:22 lucille ‹a› shout during 5 seconds
19:43:25 a3281 Are apricots to stay ?
19:43:46 a4451 laugh
19:43:57 a264 forget
19:44:10 scenophonie go the other way
19:44:11 hen laugh hysterically
19:44:32 hen laugh until you weep
19:44:37 a3281 Utter something please
19:45:26 a264 again
19:45:50 a264 restart
19:45:55 hen again
19:46:01 hen kiss igor
19:46:07 lucille tell igor what you ate today
19:46:09 annie davai
19:46:42 hen kiss the back of igor's head
19:47:30 annie skol
19:47:38 a264 pause
19:47:44 hen blow on igor's head
19:47:54 annie mado je t'aime
19:48:18 a3281 C'est la lutte finale
19:48:28 scenophonie shut some lights
19:48:32 hen sing your national anthem
19:48:40 a264 a random gesture
19:48:40 a4451 say no with your head
19:49:13 a264 again
19:49:15 hen jump several times
19:49:30 a3281 Could you give us colour image?
19:50:21 scenophonie can you do sound with something on you.?
19:50:23 a264 continue
19:50:48 a264 follow him
19:50:48 hen discover yourself
19:51:03 a3281 Could try to make music in concert with Igor?
19:51:04 a Sing the" marseillaise"
19:51:19 hen say "two" over & over again
19:51:37 a3281 Coordinate!
19:51:48 a shake your body
19:51:49 hen keep saying "two"
19:51:55 a264 rattle
19:52:01 hen say "two from now until the performance ends
19:52:07 jules1984 tell me you love me
19:52:48 lucille dance some disco with your hands
19:52:56 a264 continue
19:53:00 jules1984 sing god save the queen metal style
19:53:20 a dance the macarena
19:53:22 annie keep silence for 1O seconds
19:53:33 a4451 react on Igors sounds
19:53:46 a264 silence
19:53:55 hen then start saying 2 again
19:54:16 a264 forget
19:54:22 a264 lose something
19:54:22 jules1984 tell me yout IP
19:54:40 lucille do nothing
19:54:40 annie say hello to ukraine
19:54:57 jules1984 and do it again
19:55:13 hen scream in terror
19:55:24 scenophonie take something from igor
19:55:28 lucille show me your tongue
19:55:47 a264 again
19:56:06 a Show me your hand
19:56:06 scenophonie slowmotion
19:56:08 annie see the life in black
19:56:09 hen erase all
19:56:16 jules1984 tell me Dutch insult
19:56:24 a264 closer to me
19:56:31 a3281 What will be the wheather forecast for Lille today ?
19:56:54 a4451 sing one tone
19:57:21 hen tell igor to sit
19:57:38 annie keep your arms up for a while
19:57:58 jules1984 tell me how you love igor?
19:58:04 ptitemotte tell us that you hate us
19:58:12 Laurent Say i disagree to do what You want
19:58:13 hen tell igor he is a good dog
19:58:57 hen tell us to go away
19:59:00 a3281 Do a salto mortale
19:59:08 a4451 wave at us
19:59:09 a264 forget your language
19:59:17 angie Close your eyes during 10 seconds
19:59:18 jules1984 upload yourself
19:59:33 hen pixelate
19:59:42 Laurent Tell i m not my puppet
19:59:55 lucille rub your ear your hair your ear your hair
19:59:55 a3281 nix
20:00:06 jules1984 become a cat
20:00:07 a3281 go back to the beginning
20:00:29 angie Tell me you love me
20:00:32 a264 search new words
20:00:49 a3281 STOP
20:00:52 a3281 STOP
20:00:54 a3281 STOP
20:01:48 hen merci smile
20:02:19 jules1984 thx!
20:03:37 a4451 thanks!!!
20:03:47 lucille be thirsty
20:03:56 lucille mais bien sÃ"r
20:04:01 lucille c'est clair
20:04:20 lucille ce matin
20:04:31 lucille train
20:04:32 lucille espace
20:04:43 lucille c'Ã(c)tait pas mal
20:04:45 lucille mais oui
20:04:55 lucille smack
20:05:24 lucille pardon
20:05:32 lucille merci beaucoup
20:05:35 lucille c'est vrai
20:05:56 lucille en rapport avec
20:12:38 a734 hallo

Log file for Igor Štromajer:
17:13:28 i2086 Test.
19:04:02 i3925 003
19:04:08 i3925 HH ready
19:18:30 i4824 test
19:26:52 i3925 test 01 03 02
19:27:01 i3925 HH 03 01 02 OK
19:32:14 i2825 Could you give me a sympathetic smile please?
19:32:24 i smile
19:33:21 i4735 Breath deeply. 19:33:25 i2825 What were you doing when Kennedy was shot?
19:34:16 chaud chaud ich bin eine grosse kartefeu!
19:35:13 i4735 Protest!
19:35:25 … forget
19:35:42 chaud chaud turn your hand
19:35:49 … break a rule
19:36:20 i2825 What do you think about pedofilia in Africa?
19:36:27 … try again
19:36:43 i don't try again
19:36:45 i4735 close your eyes.
19:37:02 chaud chaud sneeze
19:37:11 i2825 Are apricots to stay ?
19:37:27 … restart
19:37:31 … faster
19:38:01 … be intermittent
19:38:37 … cutaway shot
19:39:01 … bite (largo)
19:40:11 i4735 count down from 30
19:40:18 … delay
19:41:04 … overwrite
19:41:05 i2099 seul ton doigt sait ou te gratter
19:41:08 i2825 Shake it baby
19:41:14 … overwrite your gestures
19:41:43 i2825 Do you think you'll die of natural causes?Ò
19:41:49 … try again
19:41:52 lucille ask something to annie
19:41:54 i2825 no
19:41:58 … restart
19:42:22 … disappear
19:42:26 … slowly
19:42:28 … please
19:42:39 … forget
19:42:57 … faster
19:43:10 i2825 Could you tell us a boyhood story?
19:43:15 i2099 seul ton doigt sait ou te gratter
19:43:20 … a random gesture
19:43:33 … try again
19:43:56 lucille the sound of you licking
19:44:14 … repeat
19:44:23 i4735 ask annie why all this
19:44:53 i2825 break silence
19:44:55 … lose sound
19:45:03 scenophonie ear the door signal
19:45:09 scenophonie hear
19:45:12 heni weep, cry, sob
19:45:22 … again
19:45:34 lucille a child souvenir
19:45:47 heni again
19:45:51 i4735 ask: can we go on?
19:46:00 i2825 yeah a boyhood souvenir!
19:46:08 heni turn away from annie
19:46:34 … yell!
19:47:04 heni tell annie you ate chocolate today
19:47:26 ptitemotte sing your national hymne
19:47:32 … pause
19:47:38 lucille can you tell a line of code?
19:48:12 heni shiver
19:48:46 scenophonie lite some light
19:48:54 … restart
19:49:07 i4735 your favourite head-movement
19:49:23 heni cry
19:49:29 i4735 show your favourite head-movement
19:49:33 ptitemotte sing like a robot
19:49:44 … overwrite your gestures
19:50:10 … overwrite your voice
19:50:33 i3925 quit (timeout)
19:50:36 heni disappear into the image
19:51:08 … adagio
19:51:16 i4735 comment this game
19:51:17 i2825 Could try to make music in concert with Annie?
19:51:29 i2825 Coordinate !
19:51:40 … again
19:52:26 … forget commands
19:52:38 i4735 Be Kraftwerk
19:52:39 heni say "one" from now until the performance ends
19:53:27 … delay
19:53:37 i2825 <img src="" width="442px" height="296px" alt="Photo of Milford Sound, New Zealand" />
19:53:51 … silence
19:54:11 … lose something
19:55:01 heni start saying one again
19:55:26 … forget commands
19:55:40 … try again
19:55:57 … restart
19:56:09 ibalia again again again
19:56:12 lucille bark
19:56:30 … closer to me
19:56:36 ptitemotte poke out one's tongue
19:56:43 heni bark like a dog
19:57:18 … be two again
19:57:28 lucille ask your reader to softly dance
19:57:41 … be an eclypse
19:57:45 i2825 sing a nice salafist song
19:59:34 i2825 nix
19:59:51 … more
20:00:21 Chuck Get out of the picture please
20:00:22 lucille make some puppets with your hands
20:00:43 i4735 wave at us
20:00:52 … find new worlds
20:00:55 titina i love you
20:00:56 i2825 STOP
20:00:58 i2825 STOP
20:01:00 i2825 STOP
20:01:05 Chuck Stop and stare
20:01:39 ibalia noooooonnnnnn
20:01:44 heni merci smile
20:01:47 ibalia moreeeeeee
20:02:31 lucille Talk nerdy to me
20:03:14 i3925 HH 03 01 02 OUT
20:03:18 ibalia c'est bien, en streaming on a même les commentaires des spectateurs en direct
20:03:30 i4735 thanks!!!
20:03:31 lucille bois de la bière
20:04:14 ibalia moi aussi une bière!!!
20:13:32 minibar fait l'escalier devant la camera
20:15:38 minibar where are you?


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

Performance series by Annie Abrahams and Igor Stromajer

Igor and Annie will be united in a webcam performance interface. Their images projected together in front of a public that has acces via computers and smartphones to an URL where they can write text instructions for the performers.
Igor and Annie will be the marionettes to be put into (e)motion via this text written by the public.
Two speakers will read this text aloud in front of the public while Annie and Igor will execute as good as they can the protocol and commands proposed to them, they won’t kiss.

No content determined. The performers are as instruments. There is no agency without commands. The public is the master of this game. This project tends them a mirror – a mirror for their capacity to co-write these events, to guide this intimate meeting of two internet puppets.

External instructions from the public are activating internal structures of the performers, who are also too occupied by the execution of the instructions to consciously negotiate their presence, and so they're showing their vulnerabilities and doubts, their messy and sloppy sides, their "hidden code" and are going beyond self-representation* and the control that this requires.

*see "Trapped to Reveal – On webcam mediated communication and collaboration" An exposition concerning my collaborative webcam performance projects, focussing on / trying to determine the special aspects of machine mediated communication and collaboration, published in the Journal for Artistic Research.

As much an exercice in collectif writing as a performance.


Beyond (spectacle) - Episode II
21/02/2014 19h45 CET, festival Tropisme, la Panacée, Montpellier.
Streaming: Ivan Chabanaud
Technical assistance: Jan de Weille
Speaker: Laurie Bellanca

Annie and Igor will be your avatars. To command them go to at 19h45 on the 21st.
You can watch Laurie Bellanca reading the commands aloud in front of a projection of the livestream before the public at la Panacée via le site de la

Screen capture Helen Varley Jamieson

We admit : We had difficulties acting as puppets - we became active agents.

More screencaptures : on flickr and in an animated.gif
"one performance, two personalities, two approaches, one piece" Annie and Igor both made a video mix of the screencapture of the performance.
Commands for Annie .pdf
Commands for Igor .pdf
Performance Schedule .pdf

Some commands in code :
execute function T (var energy);
public class Identity=multiple
(var Identity) x2 if Igor T; elseif E=0
foreach Igor&Annie process like ()
void speak() while Annie(gone); condition (Include)
if Igor=notAnnie VarGo(home.exec)
return (log=help : null) ready;
get value (nameChange, placeTo, ageNotImportant)
decode (ageNotImportant)
return 0;
Error: ego is not defined;
Go next .identity;



Beyond (spectacle) - Episode I

Show Off Art Fair, 19 Oct 2012, Paris
Curator: Madeleine Filippi
Streaming: Ivan Chabanaud
Technical assistance: Jan de Weille
Readers: Marie Lavoquet, Thomas Roussel


More performance images
on flickr.
Commands see at the left.
Performance protocol .pdf

This is a 4 min extract of the complete 30 min performance. Video of the complete performance

Readers in front of the projection at Show Off.

Beyond (spectacle) - Test

04/05 2012 6.30 pm
Performance Writing Weekend
Arnolfini theatre
16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA UK
Event related to E-literature in/with Performance, an Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity in Practice (ELMCIP) Seminar  hosted by the University College Falmouth.

Commands given for Annie and Igor .pdf

Marionettes / Scripting Reality / On Manipulation / Txt Theater / Public Collaboration Dynamics
Annie Abrahams 2012 - 2014