[NetBehaviour] Turbulence Guest Curators: "Why rock" by Annie Abrahams and Clément Charmet

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon May 16 17:08:20 CEST 2005

May 14, 2005
Turbulence Guest Curators: "Why rock?" by Annie Abrahams and Clément Charmet
with texts by Alan Sondheim and Frédéric Madre

"Why rock?" presents sound works by net artists with real or supposed 
rock affinities. Why rock? Is it a need to make an adolescent dream come 
true or an urge to become more pop(ular)? Is it about making the body 
present on the screen or taking control of the power of the word? Is it 
an escape from net art production patterns or because we believe 21st 
century rock stars will emerge from the net?

Works by Alexei Shulgin, Pavu, Richard Stallman, Igor Stromajer, 
V.N.A.T.R.C., Talan Memmott, Cory Arcangel, Clément Charmet, Dragan 
Espenschied, Annie Abrahams, Clement Thomas, Alan Sondheim and Marc Garrett.


ANNIE ABRAHAMS is an artist who has worked on the net since 1996. In her 
work she often addresses the visitor directly; she wants him/her to be 
aware of his/her loneliness in front of the computer. There is no other 
person, there is only you and your imagination. Most of Abrahams's work 
is featured on her site "Being Human / Etant Humain" (bram.org): about 
low-tech mood mutators and interrogations on communication. Not 
immersive. She teaches in the Art Department of the University of 
Montpellier, France.

CLÉMENT CHARMET is a French programmer and artist born 1981. His work as 
an artist began in 2002 when he released several net art pieces which 
dealt with automated data generation and manipulation of the network. 
Since 2003 he has performed with Vincent Dorp under the name 
thirtytwobit, a group interested in computer glitches and digital noise. 
Charmet is also the web designer of panoplie.org, a French webzine about 
contemporary art that has produced web works with non-web artists since 

For more Turbulence Guest Curators, see http://turbulence.org/curators

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