In 2020, many people encountered online performance for the first time.
We asked some of our peers “When was your first online performance?”
“Before the first” is a brief glimpse of the diversity of online performance created before 2020.
Compiled by Annie Abrahams, Helen Varley Jamieson and Suzon Fuks. Edited by Suzon Fuks.
WITH THANKS TO
2019 Gwendoline Samidoust | XD,^_^,:3,:-D Le Rire en tant que Language, with Constallations | Zoom
2019 Lucie Desaubliaux | Enter the Dragon, with WMAN | Second Life & ManyLand
2018 Muriel Piqué | Distant Movements, with Daniel Pinheiro and Annie Abrahams | Zoom
2018 Soyung Lee | Online En-semble - Entanglement Training, concept by Annie Abrahams | Adobe Connect
2017 Lily Robert-Foley | We nooses tous des bastardi elettronici che usano lingue globali | readingclub.fr – an adaptation of Etherpad
2016 Gilson Moraes Motta | Cortege on the Beach | Waterwheel Tap
2014 Atefeh Khas | Metamorphosis, with Amin Hammami | Waterwheel Tap
2013 Elaine Vaan Hogue | All the better to see you with, with Helen Varley Jamieson, Gabriella Sacco and workshop participants | UpStage
2013 Alejandra Ceriani | Waterhole, with Alberto Vazquez | Waterwheel Tap
2012 Ximena Alarcon | Letters and Bridges | Soundjack
2012 Daniel Pinheiro | Identity Project, with Tiago Bôto and Whitney V. Hunter | video conferencing
2011 Emma Che Raethke-Martin | So far away, yet so near | Waterwheel Tap and Skype
2011 Christina Papagiannouli | Cyberian Chalk Circle, with Evi Stamatiou | UpStage
2011 Martina Ruhsam | Angry Women - take 2, concept by Annie Abrahams | mosaika.tv
2009 Rosa Sanchez | Umbrales_Artes vivas en casa, with Konic Thtr | SAGE (Scalable Amplified Group Environment) and video conferencing
2007 Jorge Rojas | Lucha Libre | BlogTV.com
2007 Rebekah Wild | Baba Yaga, with Vicki Smith | UpStage
2007 Miljana Perić | Learn to hear through the lies of your eyes: the cyberforming hybridisation of Tuxedomoon, with Teodora Perić and Ana Marković | UpStage
2006 Alan Sondheim | Dropping off the Edge of the World | Second Life
2005 Patrick Lichty | Dissention Convention, with Maya Kalogera & Marc Garrett | VisitorsStudio
2004 Roger Mills | Sonic Circuits, with Neil Jenkins | VisitorsStudio
2003 James Cunningham | Improv on ‘Thanatonauts-Navigators of Death’, with Suzon Fuks, Igneous, Bonemap, Keith Armstrong and Kelli Dipple | Access Grid
2002 Johannes Birringer | Here I come again / Flying Birdman, with ADaPT (Association for Dance and Performance Telematics) | QuickTime Streaming Server (QTSS) with QuickTime Broadcaster, older video format, Real time sound mix with Max/MSP
2001 Joseph DeLappe | Howl: Elite Force Voyager Online | Start Trek Elite Force Voyager Online
2001 Keith Armstrong | Liquid Gold, by Transmute Collective | Quicktime streaming, Shockwave clients & server
2001 Karla Ptáček | Paycheck, Performance Poet | The Palace
1999 Auriea Harvey | Wirefire, with Michael Samyn | Flash and handmade cgi scripts
1998 Jean-Marc Matos | Un Thé Extravagant, with Anne Holst and Caroline Tymen | Studio télévision and ADSL internet
1995 John Hopkins | Eight dialogues | Internet Relay Chat
1995 Nina Sobell | An Interactive Telerobotic Sculpture Performance, with Emily Hertzell | Netscape’s server push animation
1994 Antoinette LaFarge | The Greenest Fools, with the Plaintext Players | PMC MOO
1994 Adriene Jenik | El Naftazteca, with Ruben Martinez, Guillermo Gomez Pena and Roberto Sifuentes | Mbone
1992 Paul Sermon | Telematic Dreaming | ISDN video conferencing
“Before the first” is a response to the many claims of online “firsts” in 2020. We aim to draw attention to the long and rich history of online performance, which stretches back to the earliest days of the internet. This video is only a very tiny sample of this field of creative work.
For some of the artists in “Before the first”, the performance shown was not their very first online performance. Many early works were never documented, or for other reasons later works have been used. This video is a snapshot and provocation to further exploration of the field, rather than an historical record.
Annie Abrahams, Helen Varley Jamieson and Suzon Fuks