Streaming version INTIMAL Long Distance Improvisation, May 7, 2019

This is an online version of the Long Distance Improvisation (telematic sonic performance) that took place on May 7, 2019, between nine Colombian and Latin American migrant women residing in the cities of Oslo – Barcelona – London. After a year of sharing dreams and listening to their migrations they expressed their Migratory Journeys, and also they responded to oral memory from Colombian Women in Diaspora who they don’t know. Their breathing movement was sonified and amplified in real time in the three cities, as a form of having their embodied presence. This was a shared dream.

Esta es una versión en línea de la improvisación a larga distancia (performance sonora telemática) que tuvo lugar el 7 de mayo de 2019, entre nueve mujeres inmigrantes colombianas y latinoamericanas que residen en las ciudades de Oslo – Barcelona – Londres. Después de un año de compartir sueños y escuchar sus migraciones, expresaron sus Viajes Migratorios, y también respondieron a la memoria oral de las mujeres colombianas en diáspora que no conocen. El movimiento de sus respiraciones fue sonificado y amplificado en tiempo real en las tres ciudades, como una forma de tener presencia “embodied” o incorporada. Este fue un sueño compartido.

8pm GMT+2 (Barcelona, Oslo); 7pm GMT+1 (London); 1pm (hora Colombia)

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INTIMAL: Improvisación a larga distancia en Tiempo Real (Oslo, Barcelona, Londres)

En esta improvisación sonora telemática, utilizando Internet, nueve mujeres colombianas que viven y se conectan desde las ciudades de Oslo, Barcelona y Londres, expresarán sus viajes migratorios simultáneamente (en tiempo real) a través del movimiento corporal, la voz y el lenguaje. Sus recuerdos también se evocarán mientras escuchan un archivo oral con testimonios de Mujeres Colombianas en la Diáspora, sobre sus experiencias como migrantes en Europa y sus recuerdos del conflicto colombiano. El archivo será navegado a través de una herramienta digital que interrelaciona de manera móvil, estos fragmentos de memoria oral.

INTIMAL: Long Distance Improvisation in Real Time (Oslo, Barcelona, London)

In this telematic sonic improvisation, using the Internet, nine Colombian women living in and connecting from the cities of Oslo, Barcelona and London, will express their migratory journeys simultaneously (in real time) through body movement, breathing, voice and language. Their memories will also be triggered while they listen to an oral archive with testimonies from the organization Diaspora Women, about their experiences as migrants in Europe and their memories of the Colombian conflict. The archive will be navigated through a digital tool that interrelates in a mobile manner these fragments of oral memory.

Oslo
Venue: Melahuset, Mariboes gate 8, 0183 Oslo
Time: 8pm

Barcelona
Venue: Fundación Phonos, Campus de las Comunicaciones de Poblenou (UPF)
Carrer de Roc Boronat, 138
08018 Barcelona
Time: 8pm

London
Venue: Iklectik Art Lab
Iklectik Art Lab, London
‘Old Paradise Yard’
20 Carlisle Lane (Royal Street corner) next to Archbishop’s Park.
SE1 7LG
Time: 7pm

Artist-Researcher: Ximena Alarcón-Díaz

Postdoctoral Researcher, RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Motion, Time and Rhythm, Department of Musicology, University of Oslo

Improvisers:

INTIMAL Listening Community – Colombian Migrant women in Oslo, Barcelona and London

Artistic and Technical Implementation:

Mari Lesteberg, Elias Sukken Andersen, Eirik Dahl, Eigil Aandahl, Çagri Erdem

Technical Implementation:

Paul Boddie, Lucia Nikolaia Lopez Bohorquez

Artistic and Technical Advice:

Alexander Refsum Jensenius

Technical Support Barcelona:

Ángel Faraldo.

Xavier Favory, Nerea Tascón. IT support: Germán España.

Documentation Support: Silvia Villalba, Estefanía González.

Technical Support London:

Sound and Documentation Support: Matt Parker.

Iklectik ArtLab: Eduard and Isa.

Technical Implementation External Assistance:

Sagar Sen – from Sweetzpot Breathing Sensors

External Artistic Research Advisors:

Kristin Norderval, Cathy Lane, Trond Lossius

Collaborators: 

RITMO Researchers, University of Oslo; Master in Music, Communication and Technology, UiO (Oslo) and NTNU (Trondheim); Fundación PHONOS, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; CRiSAP, LCC, University of the Arts London; IKLECTIK Art Lab, London; MELAHUSET, Oslo; VOXLAB, Oslo; Diaspora Women – Barcelona and London; Centre for Deep Listening, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Funding:

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 752884, and has been partially supported by the Research Council of Norway through its Centres of Excellence scheme, project number 262762.

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Sonologia – São Paulo, Keynote

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Honoured for being one of three women Keynote speakers in Sonologia, an International Conference on Sound Studies organised by NUSOM, at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. I had the opportunity to meet Susan Campos Fonseca and Mara Mills, and listen to their research. Impressed with the diversity and quality of all the papers, presentations, panels and performances. Happy to know many experiences such as Sonora community, Lilian Campesato, Tania Mello Neiva, Martina Raponi, the NUSOM Interactive Practice Group, Mene Savasta, Laura Novoa, Camila Juárez,  Mario Duarte, the sonorities of Barti Ra and Mariana Carvalho, Orquesta Errante, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, and many many more. Grateful with the organisers and very pleased to see them as an academic creative community working for opening all forms of listening and expressing to find a voice and creating communities in challenging political and social times in Brazil and all over the world. Impressed and grateful, from my heart!

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My keynote was in Spanish and here an abstract in Spanish and followed by the English version.

Spanish

INTIMAL: un espacio de escucha relacional para fluir entre fragmentos de memoria, migración y conflicto

Cuando migramos, experimentamos un cambio radical en nuestra experiencia multisensorial espacial y temporal en el cuerpo (Ahmed, 2000), que influye en la percepción de nosotros mismos y de los demás. Escuchamos de forma sutil y directa cuestiones de género, clase y estigma cultural a través de voces, idiomas y en el entorno acústico circundante; al mismo tiempo, guardamos la memoria de nuestra tierra natal en sonidos, que reflejan o desafían la experiencia en la tierra extranjera. Durante siete años he explorado el espacio intermedio sonoro, con migrantes de todo el mundo, a través de la práctica de la escucha profunda – Deep Listening (Oliveros, 2005) y la improvisación sonora telemática, con palabra hablada y otros sonidos, abriendo espacios para la expresión y conexión entre migrantes y sus narrativas (Alarcón 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017). La escucha profunda envuelve meditaciones, trabajo de sueños y movimiento corporal energético, que nos invitan a disolver las fronteras creadas por identidades fijas que imponen juicios. La mediación tecnológica fortalece las metáforas de migración, ampliando nuestra percepción del tiempo y el espacio, y la posibilidad de establecer diálogos con desconocidos. El trabajo de investigación se convierte en una estrategia artística para unir fragmentos de memorias de lugar, disolver las barreras culturales, permitiendo la expresión de sentimientos de pérdida, y la generación de empatía. En esta charla, hablaré de INTIMAL, un sistema virtual físico “incorporado” para la escucha relacional que integra movimientos del cuerpo, la palabra hablada y la voz, y archivos orales. Investigando las experiencias de escucha de nueve mujeres migrantes colombianas en Londres, Oslo y Barcelona, ​​en el contexto del postconflicto, he integrado métodos de cognición musical del cuerpo (Jensenius, 2018), para observar la expresión plena de sus “viajes migratorios”, y sus reacciones de escucha a archivos orales con testimonios de otras mujeres colombianas sobre experiencias del conflicto. El sistema estimula la escucha relacional, para fluir entre fragmentos de recuerdos de migración y conflicto, en improvisaciones físicas (co-locadas) y telemáticas, alimentando la sensación de lugar, y la sensación de presencia en la distancia, como una práctica acústica y vibracional (Eidsheim, 2015). Las narrativas emergentes abren vías para expandir espacios corporales y acústicos en la vida cotidiana, mejorando su intervención social y abriendo espacios intermedios en la perspectiva dual de Insider/Outsider.

English

INTIMAL: a space for relational listening to flow in-between fragments of memory, migration and conflict

When in migration, we experience a radical change in our spatial and temporal embodied multisensorial experience (Ahmed, 2000). This influences the perception of ourselves and others, while issues of gender, class, and cultural stigma emerge subtly and directly heard in voices, languages and in the surrounding acoustic environment; in tandem, we keep memories of our native land in our sonic and embodied memories, which mirror or defy the experience in the host land. During seven years I have explored the sonic inbetweeness, with migrants from all over the world, through Deep Listening practice (Oliveros, 2005) and improvisatory sonic telematic performance, with spoken word and other sounds, opening spaces for the expression and connection between migrants and narratives of migration (Alarcón 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017). Deep Listening involves listening meditations, dream awareness and energy body movement, helping us to dissolve borders created by the fixity of cultural identities and judgmental statements. The technological mediation strengthens migration metaphors, expanding our perception of time and space, and the possibility of stablishing dialogues with unknown people. The research work becomes an artistic strategy to join fragments of memories of place, dissolve mental and cultural barriers, allowing feelings such as loss, to be expressed, and to generate empathy. In this talk, I will describe the development of INTIMAL, a physical virtual “embodied” system for relational listening that integrates body movements, spoken word and voice, memories of place, and oral archives. Informed by the listening experiences of nine Colombian migrant women in London, Oslo and Barcelona, in the context of Colombia’s post-conflict, I have integrated methods of Embodied Music Cognition (Jensenius, 2018) to observe the full embodied expression of their “migratory journeys” and the responses of oral archives with testimonies of other Colombian women about experiences in the conflict. The system supports relational listening (English, 2015), as a process to flow between fragments of memories of migration and conflict, in co-located and telematic performances, nourishing at once their sensing of place, and sensing of presence, as acoustic and vibrational practice (Eidsheim, 2015). Women’s emerging narratives open avenues to expand their embodied acoustic spaces in the daily life, improving their agency while actively intervening the Insider/Outsider perspective.