Physically Distant #2 Talk. July 28, 2020

I had the great opportunity of sharing INTIMAL Art-Research work in Physically Distant 2, a series of conversations on Telematic Performance organised by Federico Visi and Stefan Östersjö from the GEMM))) the Gesture Embodiment and Machines in Music research cluster at the School of Music in Piteå, Luleå University of Technology Thanks to the organisers and the audience, and for the open format.

My final reflection is about knowing our departure and intention to create the platform (or set of technologies) that give us agency for listening and sounding through telematics. INTIMAL System modules as prototype, informed by Embodied Listening holistic research (using Deep Listening ® and Embodied Music Cognition), are an example of what can be designed for telematic sonic performance.

INTIMAL’s vision is to expand people’s sense of place and sense of presence, with the use of embodied interfaces and networking technologies in live improvisatory sound performances, interconnecting people across local and distant locations, while creating dream-like narratives of place.

Through Relational Listening INTIMAL supports exercises on collective memory: walking in search for place, breathing to feel presence.

Food for thought and encouragement for continuing with the good work.

Streaming from Bath for “Absurdity” by Franziska Schroeder and Matilde Meireles

I also contributed to the online performance Absurdity by Franziska Schroeder and Matilde Meireles, in collaboration with members of the Female Laptop Orchestra FLO:

Franziska Schroeder – LiveSHOUT and Pessoa reading (English)

Matilde Meireles – LiveSHOUT and Pessoa reading (Portuguese)

Maria Mannone – LiveSHOUT streams of piano improv from Palermo

Maria Papadomanolaki – LiveSHOUT streams of sounds from Crete

Anna Xambó – LiveSHOUT streams of sounds from Sheffield

Nela Brown – LiveSHOUT streams of sounds from London

Ariane Stolfi – LiveSHOUT  streams of sounds from Porto Seguro and playsound.space

Ximena Alarcón – LiveSHOUT streams of sounds from Bath.

We used live streams through LiveShout appdesigned to facilitate multiple streaming points and multiple listening points, what we call ‘distributed listening’“, at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, in partnership with Locus Sonus, by Franziska Schroeder and Pedro Rebelo. A snippet of the performance can be heard in this Federico Visi’s tweet. Thanks to all for the sharing.

Charla en Mujeres al Borde del Ruido – Julio 9, 2020

Charla en el marco de La Escucha Profunda como práctica sensibilizadora y revolucionaria

Fue un privilegio ofrecer una charla para el proyecto “Mujeres al borde del Ruido” liderado por Laura Zapata y Juliana Ortigoza, en Plataforma Bogotá – Colombia. Contar con la presencia de lxs jovenes residentes en este laboratorio, y sentir su escucha atenta a la trayectoria de mi arte, confirmó para mí la relevancia de la escucha individual y colectiva en tiempos inciertos. Gracias a las organizadoras, y felicitaciones por este proyecto tan importante, ganador de la Beca Plataforma Bogotá – Arte, Ciencia y Tecnología 2019–2020.

Este laboratorio “espera propiciar espacios de creación sonora, cuyo eje articular aborde las estéticas de mujeres creadoras en relación con la tecnología y el sonido. El laboratorio propone el encuentro y diálogo con compositoras contemporáneas que han incorporado la tecnología en la música
(electroacústica).”

New Article 8th International Conference on Media Art, Science, and Technology (RE:SOUND 2019)

Here a reflection on complex narratives in the INTIMAL Long Distance Improvisation which happened on May 7, 2019. The publication is called “Ellos no están entendiendo nada” [“They are not understanding anything”]: embodied remembering as complex narrative in a Telematic Sonic Improvisation, was published as part of the Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Media Art, Science, and Technology RE:SOUND 2019. Thanks to my co-author Alexander Refsum Jensenius.

Aquí un artículo de la investigación INTIMAL, publicado en el journal eWic BCS, como parte de la conferencia RE:SOUND 2019. Reflexionamos en las complejas narrativas desde el cuerpo en la improvisación INTIMAL A Larga Distancia. Gracias a mi co-autor Alexander Refsum Jensenius.

Authors: Ximena Alarcón Díaz and Alexander Refsum Jensenius

Abstract: “INTIMAL is a physical-virtual system for relational listening, exploring the role of the body as interface that keeps memory of place in migratory contexts. The system is developed to integrate the body movements of performers (and their voices) with an oral archive. The system has been informed and tested by nine Colombian migrant women in Europe in a telematic performance between the cities of Oslo, Barcelona and London. In the performance a “complex narrative” emerged, for both the improvisers and the audiences. In this paper, we describe the conditions of the narrative environment, and the embodied expressions that emerged. We reflect on how this distributed embodied expression—through technological mediated sound and movement interactions—might further aid processes of collective remembering and catharsis, in a context of conflict and gendered migration.”

Resident at The Studio in Bath Spa

This week I have started as a resident at The Studio, from Bath Spa University.

Screen Shot 2020-03-13 at 14.02.06

The Studio provides a space for local micro-businesses, Bath Spa University students, academics, and graduates to work on projects and ideas which focus on creativity and technology. It is also a venue to share learning through regular workshops, events and activities which are open to the wider community.

I am happy to continue there with the development of the INTIMAL system, and I am very curious and full of enthusiasm to see what emerges in collaboration with other residents.

 

“QUIEN TE INSPIRA?” – “WHO INSPIRES YOU?” Breathing Diaries and Meditation. Residencia Microhabitable en Matadero Madrid. Oct.28 – Nov 24, 2019

Read below in ENGLISH:

QUIEN TE INSPIRA fue una meditación sonora que exploró el acto de respirar como experiencia colectiva vital, mediada, en espacios locales y distantes. La meditación fue guiada por artistas en residencia en Madrid, estudiantes del programa Microhabitable, y el colectivo virtual INTIMAL, quienes basadxs en diarios de respiración en su vida cotidiana, invitaron a la audiencia a respirar. Respirar y escuchar en la meditación Quién te inspira, nos ofrece oportunidades para ser y estar en el presente. Seis perspectivas de respiración emergieron de los diarios de vida cotidiana: al despetar, en silencio con otros, al hablar, expresando emociones, al caminar-correr y viajar, y al respirar con intención. Estas formas contribuyen a crear un vocabulario que puede proponer espacios para habitar sin performar; también en oportunidades para escapar de la rutina no performativa, y meditar, performar de manera consciente cuando se siente la necesidad de recordar la relacionalidad latente de nuestro respirar compartido.
La meditación fue parte de la exhibición Corazón, Pulmones, Hígado (Diciembre 1), en el Centro de Residencias Artísticas en Matadero Madrid. Fue desarrollada como parte de una Residencia Artística a la cual fui invitada por el programa Microhabitable (Campo Adentro, Matadero Madrid, Serpentine Gallery). La plataforma virtual fue apoyada por The Center for Deep Listening.

Esta actividad fue inspirada en la práctica de Deep Listening® (Pauline Oliveros), y el proyecto INTIMAL: Interfaces para Escucha Relacional.
En la elaboración de diarios participaron: Laura Osorio, Anita Ramirez, Silvia Villalba, Lucia Nikolaia, Yamile Calderón, Dayana Rivera, Ericka Florez, Elena Bajo, Carla Giachello y Yuri Tuma.
La meditación fue guiada por: Dayana Rivera y Ericka Florez, con presencia física en Madrid; Laura Osorio y Ximena Alarcón, con presencia virtual desde Holanda y el Reino Unido.
En la meditación se incluyeron contribuciones de: Elena Bajo y Carla Giachello.

Participaron: Personas de la audiencia en Madrid.


English

WHO INSPIRES YOU was a sonic meditation that explored the act of breathing as a vital, mediated collective experience in local and distant spaces. The meditation was guided by artists in residence in Madrid, students of the Microhabitable program, and the virtual collective INTIMAL, who kept breathing diaries during three consecutive days, which led to invitations for the audience to breathe. Breathing and listening in meditation, offers us opportunities to be and be in the present. Six breathing perspectives emerged from the diaries: waking up, silently with others, speaking, expressing emotions, walking-running and traveling, and breathing with intention. These forms contribute to creating a vocabulary that can propose spaces to inhabit without performing; also in opportunities to escape from the non-performative routine, and to meditate, or to consciously perform when one feels the need to remember the latent relationship of our shared breathing.

The meditation was part of the exhibition Corazón, Pulmones, Hígado (December 1), at the Center for Artistic Residences in Matadero Madrid. It was developed as part of Ximena Alarcón’s one month artistic residence, invited by the Microhabitable program (Campo Adentro, Matadero Madrid, Serpentine Gallery). The virtual platform was supported by The Center for Deep Listening.

WHO INSPIRES YOU was inspired by the practice of Deep Listening® (Pauline Oliveros), and the INTIMAL project: Interfaces for Relational Listening.

Laura Osorio, Anita Ramirez, Silvia Villalba, Lucia Nikolaia, Yamile Calderón, Dayana Rivera, Ericka Florez, Elena Bajo, Carla Giachello and Yuri Tuma participated in the creation of diaries.

The meditation was guided by: Dayana Rivera and Ericka Florez, with a physical presence in Madrid; Laura Osorio and Ximena Alarcón, with a virtual presence from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Contributions from Elena Bajo and Carla Giachello were included in the meditation.

Participants: People from the audience in Madrid.

Exhibition at Parabol series: Lydgalleriet (Bergen) 10.01.20-23.02.20

Screen Shot 2020-01-10 at 16.59.46

Screen Shot 2020-01-10 at 17.03.57

PARABOL – Lydgalleriet in collaboration with Kunsthall 3,14:

For each exhibition, Lydgalleriet selects a sound work that will be featured through the parabolic loudspeaker sited in the Kunsthall 3,14’s entrance hall. With a particular focus on special commissions and edits, the loudspeaker’s adjacent location offers an ambience and mode of address corresponding with the simultaneous exhibition.

PARABOL presents a fragment of Long Distance Improvisation in Real Time by Ximena Alarcón, a recorded improvisation among nine Colombian and Latin American immigrant women residing in Oslo, Barcelona and London on 7th May, 2019.

The improvisation activates an oral archive with testimonies of Colombian women in diaspora. In all three cities, the improvisors listen in headphones to the same material, but with local and random activation. Throughout the improvisation, synchronicities between the improvisors’ expressions are fortuitous and appear as a layered collective memory. Silences and disconnections are part of the aesthetics of the Internet and cell phones, and distance-mediated listening. In parallel with the migration process, Long Distance Improvisation in Real Time invites us to listen to intermediate spaces of historical memory of migration and conflict.

The INTIMAL project was developed by Ximena Alarcón at RITMO Center, University of Oslo thanks to a Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship. The telematic performance was supported by Melahuset and VoxLab, Oslo; PHONOS Foundation (Pompeu Fabra University), Barcelona; Iklectik ArtLab and CRiSAP (University of Arts London), London. To read about the INTIMAL project: intimal.net

Improvisers: Anita Ramirez, Calu, Dr. Liliana Rodriguez, Lucia Nikolaia, Manigua, Myriam Ojeda Patiño, Silvia Villalba Martínez, Violeta Ospina, Yamile Calderón Bermúdez. Collaborators: Bruna Scott, Janeth Rojas, Lida Franco.

Ars Sonora Radio Entrevista – Interview

ArsSonora.jpg

Tuve el placer de ofrecer una entrevista a Miguel Álvarez Fernández en Ars Sonora, Radio Nacional de España, sobre el proyecto INTIMAL y my carrera artística y de investigación. Aquí está!

I had the pleasure of giving an interview to Miguel Álvarez Fernández in Ars Sonora, Radio Nacional de España, about the INTIMAL project and my artistic research background. Here it is!

http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/audios/ars-sonora/ars-sonora-07-12-19/5461291/

Publication in new JONMA Journal

Screen Shot 2019-12-10 at 20.15.42.png

I feel honoured for having published “Sensing Place and Presence in an INTIMAL Long-Distance Improvisation” in the new JONMA Journal of Network Music and Arts, first of its kind. Thanks to my co-authors and congratulations!

Alarcon Diaz, Ximena, Paul Boddie, Cagri Erdem, Eigil Aandahl, Elias Sukken Andersen, Eirik Dahl, Mari Lesteberg, and Alexander Refsum Jensenius. “Sensing Place and Presence in an INTIMAL Long-Distance Improvisation.” Journal of Network Music and Arts 1, 1 (2019). https://commons.library.stonybrook.edu/jonma/vol1/iss1/3

Abstract:

“INTIMAL is an interactive system for relational listening, which integrates physical-virtual interfaces for people to sonically improvise between distant locations. The aim is to embrace two key aspects in the context of human migration: the sense of place and the sense of presence. This paper reflects on the use of INTIMAL in a long-distance improvisation between the cities of Oslo, Barcelona and London in May 2019. This improvisation was performed by nine Colombian migrant women, who had been involved in a research process using the Deep Listening® practice developed by Pauline Oliveros. Here we describe the performance setting and the implementation of the first two interfaces of the system: MEMENTO, an “embodied” navigator of an oral archive of Colombian women’s testimonies of conflict and migration; and RESPIRO, a sonification system that transmits and sonifies live, breathing signals between distant locations. We reflect on how the two interfaces facilitated and challenged the improvisers’ listening experiences and connections.”