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Convocatoria a mujeres Colombianas migrantes en Londres, Barcelona y Oslo

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El Proyecto INTIMAL invita a mujeres Colombianas residentes en Londres, Barcelona y Oslo, a participar de manera voluntaria, en una investigación artística-académica para la creación de un sistema interactivo que involucra al cuerpo en la escucha relacional de memorias de lugar en el contexto migratorio. Las participantes explorarán las percepciones del cuerpo en la escucha de la voz y lenguajes reflejados en experiencias individuales y colectivas de Escucha Profunda (Deep Listening), a través de sus manifestaciones en los sueños, el espacio físico, y el espacio virtual. En un ejercicio de escuchar al que está lejos, la investigación invitará a las participantes a escuchar archivos de historia oral con testimonios de mujeres migrantes recogidos por la Comisión de Mujeres Colombianas en la Diáspora, en diferentes ciudades europeas. Cuando el sistema esté construido, en Abril 2019, las mujeres que han participado, serán invitadas a experimentar un performance telemático sonoro (a través de internet), desde las ciudades de Barcelona, Londres y Oslo, que interconectará sus experiencias de escucha desde el cuerpo, voz y lenguajes. Este sistema “físico-virtual” actuará como catalizador de los procesos de sanación individuales y colectivos de los sentimientos que surgen por la dislocación geográfica y cultural.

Sobre el proyecto

INTIMAL es un proyecto de investigación artística post-doctoral otorgado a la Dra. Ximena Alarcón Díaz por la Comisión Europea como Beca Individual Marie Skłodowska Curie. Se está desarrollando en la Universidad de Oslo bajo la supervisión del Dr. Alexander Refsum Jensenius. Para leer más sobre INTIMAL http://intimal.net

Este proyecto tiene como objetivo el reconocimiento de sentimientos y sensaciones en el cuerpo, con mujeres migrantes Colombianas, y la re-significación creativa de los recuerdos asociados con su lugar natal, Colombia, para estimular un proceso de transformación, sanación y construcción de la paz en la actual sociedad colombiana en tiempos de post-conflicto. INTIMAL se concibe como un sistema modular sostenible a largo plazo para interfaces para la escucha relacional que incorporan herramientas personalizables para ‘afinar’ en nuestro sentido contemporáneo de lugar: establecer conexiones y ofrecer espacios sonoros para ser.

Actividades

Las actividades del proyecto incluyen:

  • Una entrevista a través de Internet (máximo 40’) – fecha por acordar con cada participante en el mes de Marzo del 2018.
  • Tres encuentros virtuales con otras participantes (1 hora por encuentro) – Abril 7, 14 y 21, 2018.
  • Una semana de retiro en Oslo (Deep Listening – Escucha Profunda) – Mayo 4 a Mayo 10, 2018.
  • Ensayo técnico en la ciudad de residencia (1 hora) – Febrero 2019 (fecha exacta por confirmar)
  • Performance Telemático en la ciudad de residencia (2 horas) – Abril 2019 (fecha exacta por confirmar)

Todos los gastos de viaje y alimentación están cubiertos por el proyecto.

Aplicación

Para responder a la invitación, las interesadas deben escribir una expresión de interés indicando por qué quisieran participar en el proyecto, y confirmar su disponibilidad.

El cupo es limitado a tres mujeres por ciudad. Las participantes se seleccionarán de acuerdo con el orden de aplicación, y con su expresión de interés.

Enviar expresiones de interés e inquietudes a: Ximena Alarcón

x.a.diaz@imv.uio.no

Plazo para aplicar Febrero 15, 2018.

 

MSCA Fellow of the week

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I have been featured in the Facebook portal of MSCA as Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellow of the week:

“Listen up! Sound artist and #MSCA IF fellow of the week Ximena Alarcón from Colombia develops the project INTIMAL at the University of Oslo. Ximena has a Deep Listening Certificate and practices Chi Kung, a form of body and mind energy practice with fluid and continuous movements. The body and mind experience with the sonic space, the intersection of sound art, music cognition, psychology, and human-computer interaction influence Ximena’s current research. She links socio-psychological experiences of migration and the reference to distant places through memory and dreams, with practices of networked sonic improvisatory performances and listening. Her case study focuses on Colombian post-conflict and peace building. Ximena works with Colombian migrant women in Europe to explore and test relational listening. Can listening to spoken word, expressing embodied feelings with the voice, and sharing these dynamically with others, be a potential act for healing and reconciliation?
Read more about Ximena and her research project at:
http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/209391_en.html “

 

Technological and Artistic Training

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Interacting with XTH Sense Instrument, by Marco Donnarumma

To nourish the development of INTIMAL and to review technologies of sonification of body movement, I have attended during the last two months to very interesting workshops organised by fourMs at the Department of Musicology-University of Oslo. These have invited me to think of the many different options to listen to the body by using technologies from an artistic perspective. For instance, in the Interactive Sonification workshop led by Dr. Thomas Hermann from Bielefeld University, I experience listening to data collected from body movement, stimulating new forms of research and creative interaction; in the Bela workshop-talk led by Andrew McPherson from Queen Mary University of London, I experimented with processing of sound in a reliable and fast way, exclusively with physical computing, inviting me to think of the creation of new interfaces; and in the Biophysical Workshop led by the performance artist and scholar Dr. Marco Donnarumma, from Berlin University of the Arts, we explored the XTH Sense instrument, which invites to listen to the body in a direct way (an interesting inner listening perspective) by amplifying muscles’ sound. Last week, I attended to the SoundTracer Workshop: Music Information Retrieval, at the National Library of Norway  organised by the SoundTracer project  , exploring retrieval of “in large music libraries through the movement of the phone in the air”.  Olivier Lartillot, designer of MIRtoolbox  demonstrated the first prototype of an IPhone app retrieving Norwegian Folk Music.  These different perspectives are opening my ideas for both analysis and interaction using body movement in the context of the INTIMAL research.

NIME Reader – Book launch

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This week I had the great opportunity to participate in the panel discussion as part of the launch of the book NIME Reader Fifteen Years of New Interfaces for Musical Expression co-edited by Alexander Refsum Jensenius. I shared the panel with a variety of artists-scholars from different backgrounds between the panelists including composer Tellef Kvitte, percussionist Kjell Tore Innervik, interactive musician Charles Martin, popular music scholar Ragnhild Brøvig-Hanssen, and sound artist Trond Lossius.

Alexander proposed the panel to reflect on our experiences and respond to the questions of: what is a musical instrument?; why is it interesting to create new musical instruments?; how new instruments influence the performers?; and what is the future of musical instruments?.

I reflected on Installation(s) for improvisatory networked sonic performance as instrument and for me it was a great opportunity to bring in the discussion the idea of agency (rather than control), collaborative environments to connect (technologies, people, ideas, through sound), and the future of new instruments and distributed systems. Envisioning INTIMAL as a new system for installation(s) within networked improvisatory performances I highlighted the importance of listening and making relations between complex interactions: listening, remembering, expressing, and listening again in the improvisatory cycle through mediations, that expand our perception of sound as it travels in time and space, transforming fixed narratives.

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Video invitation to MSCA prospective candidates Colombia

I offered a testimonial video about INTIMAL and my Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship in the “Conferencia Latinoamericana y del Caribe para la Internacionalización de la Educación Superior” LACHEC 2017, which took place in Medellin, Colombia from November 21st to 23rd, 2017. The purpose of this video was to stimulate Colombian and Latin American candidates to apply for postdoctoral research opportunities anywhere in the world, where they could reach their research potential. It was streamed online during the event. This opportunity is open to all mid career researchers from any nationality. It is an honour for me to have received this award and thanks to it to be researching at the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo. I encourage researchers from all over the world, and from all disciplines to apply. For information visit Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.

 

Presenting at Musikkteknologidagene 2017

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I presented INTIMAL at Musikkteknologidagene 2017 at the Norwegian Academy of Music. It was a good space to share my initial thoughts about the system. I am focusing on voice and language and an important question with some oral archives is how the body listens to painful experiences and to good experiences too, particularly where the body is mentioned within the narrative, and how INTIMAL, a system placed between the psychological and body listening, and the technological mediation, using voice, could open spaces for transformation of individual and shared memories of loss (because of conflict and because of migration). This is a moment for many questions, also including “how the body moves when listening to its own voice and in different languages”, “how walking makes sense of place, in a new physical foreign space”, and how in this manner body meets the different parts of the system. Questions of interactivity are about entrainment in physical and virtual spaces, looking for a historical body that might be perceived as fragmented.