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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.”

 

 

 

NowNet conference Nov 7-10, 2019

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I had the pleasure to attend to and participate in the NowNet Arts Conference 2019 in the Primary Site: INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE (IACS), STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK, USA. This unique conference brings for the first time artists and scholars working in Telematic and Networked Music and Art together, specially counting on Satellite sites (in California, Berlin, Edinburgh, Ghent, where people can attend with their physical presence and at the same time network and connect with other satellites and remote sites across US, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. This initiative is timely for us to share experiences and explore together the social and environmental purpose of telematic and networked art, and its applications, which contribute clearly to the environmental challenges of travelling between distant locations, and the implications that it has for new forms of communication and encounters through technologies and sound.

I presented the paper “Sensing Place and Presence in an INTIMAL Long-Distance Improvisation.”  on behalf of the co-authors Paul Boddie, Cagri Erdem, Eigil Aandahl, Elias Sukken Andersen, Eirik Dahl, Mari Lesteberg, and Alexander Refsum Jensenius. The paper has been recently published in the new Journal of Network Music and Arts, JONMA. https://commons.library.stonybrook.edu/jonma/vol1/iss1/3

Thanks to the organisers Sarah Weaver, Margaret Schedel and Chris Chafe! Looking forward to the next NowNet Arts conference on 2020.

Casting Futures in the Thick Present: Talk in ArtEZ Time Matters, Nov 5, 2019

 

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I was honoured to contribute to the seminar Casting Futures in the Thick Present, in the Series Time Matters, organised by Peter Sonderen, Professor, and Sharon Stewart, researcher for the Professorship Theory in the Arts at the ArtEZ, in Deventer, the Netherlands. My talk went around how time is manifested in the project INTIMAL:

Abstract 

“Time in INTIMAL: In-between fragments of dreams and migrations, responses to awaken realities. 

The project has engaged initially nine Colombian migrant women living in Europe, in listening deeply to their dreams as vehicles of their migrations. Listening  to our dreams is inspired by the teachings of the writer and dream expert IONE, as part of the Deep Listening practice.  As a compass, the process in INTIMAL has questioned spaces and times, as well as sounds that are manifested in the dreams. Specifically, their engagement has been through the focus on my proposal of four spheres of migratory memory to navigate through:

  • body stories,
  • social body,
  • native land,
  • and hostland.

In the context of Colombian and world conflict, these spheres bring a cycle of renewal of stories that emerge through a myriad of emotions and can transform opening paths for healing experiences of loss. Loss could be related to the “no future”, particularly in territories that immerse us in various layers of conflict, and when the option of future is seen as “leaving” to other lands, to migrate. Time then might freeze, in the native and in the hostland. Time then could define what we perceive as our identities: embodied, colour, race, language, gender. Time emerges in this context as a malleable category to reinvent ourselves and to, actually, migrate.”

In the talk, my reflection involved the possibility of expanding time, through dreams, migration, and telematics, for the opening of possible futures.

 

Thanks to the organisers for this amazing opportunity!

ACERVO: publication and round table

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English (Spanish below)

I am proud to announce that our paper titled:  “From collecting an archive to artistic practice in the INTIMAL project: lessons learned from listening to a Colombian migrant women’s oral history archive.” has been published in the Revista Acervo (Revista do Arquivo Nacional), which is the Journal from the National Archive from Brazil. The publication was a joint effort with my co-authors Lucia Nikolaia Bohórquez López (RITMO Centre, UiO), Helga Flamtermesky (Diaspora Women) and Oliver Lartillot (RITMO Centre, UiO). This edition of Acervo was dedicated to “Diálogos Desviantes do Archivo” Das experimentações artísticas à educação das sensibilidades, and had as Guest Editors Adriana Carvalho Koyama and Ana Pato. They launched the edition at the IV Simpósio Arquivos & Educação, on September 17, 2019,  at the Arquivo Nacional de Brasil. I participated in a round table at the event (online presence), together with Andrea França – PUC RJ, Luiz Claudio da Costa – UERJ, Adriana Carvalho Koyama – Unicamp, and Ana Pato – Grupo de Pesquisa Estéticas da memória no século 21: arte, espaço público e imagens do pós-monumental.

In a very inspiring session, with examples of artists working with archives and memory, in performance, photography, sculpture and film (amongst other practices) we reflected on the contemporary need of deviating from positivist and historicist practices, and contribute to the reconstruction of history articulated to people’s memories. From the session I take with me as a highlight the importance of the archives in the elaboration of social traumas. Thanks to all the participants for this nourishing session!

Español

Me enorgullece anunciar que nuestro artículo titulado: “De la creación de un archivo a la práctica artística en el proyecto INTIMAL: lecciones aprendidas de la escucha de un archivo de historia oral de mujeres migrantes colombianas.”, ha sido publicado en la Revista Acervo (Revista do Arquivo Nacional), que es la Revista del Archivo Nacional de Brasil. La publicación fue un esfuerzo conjunto con mis co-autores Lucia Nikolaia Bohórquez López (Centro RITMO, UiO), Helga Flamtermesky (Mujer Diáspora) y Oliver Lartillot (Centro RITMO, UiO). Esta edición de Acervo se dedicó a “Diálogos Desviantes do Archivo” Das experimentações artísticas à educação das sensibilidades, y tuvo como editoras invitadas a Adriana Carvalho Koyama y Ana Pato. La edición impresa se lanzó en el IV Simpósio Arquivos & Educação, el 17 de septiembre de 2019, en el Archivo Nacional de Brasil. Allí participé en una mesa redonda (presencia en línea), junto con Andrea França – PUC RJ, Luiz Claudio da Costa – UERJ, Adriana Carvalho Koyama – Unicamp y Ana Pato – Grupo de Pesquisa Estéticas de memoria no século 21: arte , espaço público e imágenes do pós-monumental.

En una sesión muy inspiradora, con ejemplos de artistas que trabajan con archivos y memoria, en performance, fotografía, escultura y cine (entre otras prácticas) reflexionamos sobre la necesidad contemporánea de desviarse de las prácticas positivistas e historicistas, y contribuir a la reconstrucción de la historia articulada a nuestras memorias. De la sesión resalto la importancia de los archivos en la elaboración de traumas sociales. ¡Gracias a todos los participantes por esta sesión!

 

RE:Sound Conference, Aug 19-24, 2019

 

Screen Shot 2019-09-19 at 20.10.03.pngIt was a very nourishing experience for me, being part of the Track 3 session: “Sound and Voice: Art, Practices and Politics” at the RE:Sound conference, Sound, Media and Art,  which took place in Aalborg, Denmark, from August 19th to August 24th,  In the panel shared with Luz Maria Sánchez – Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Lerma (Chair of the Track), and Luis Carlos Sotelo – Concordia University, we shared different approaches to listen in contexts of violence and migration, and with a common ground on listening to women’s accounts and bringing these voices in art and performative forms. In our overlapping research-practices we explore contexts of Colombia and Mexico, and look paths for different traumatic stories to be heard by others, within the axis of political voice and reaching resonances in the broader population, using the voice as a “trigger” of specific healing processes as individuals and as a society.

My presentation, “Ellos no están entendiendo nada” [“They are not understanding anything”]: Listening to Embodied Memories of Colombian Migrant Women, reflecting on conflict and migrationfocused on complex embodied narratives that emerge in the INTIMAL Long Distance Improvisation (Telematic Sonic Performance), and was co-authored with Alexander Refsum Jensenius.

The panel was moderated by Iris Garrelfs, Goldsmiths University of London.

Thanks to our co-panelists!!!