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.

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/

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!

 

In Festival En Tiempo Real – PlayList

A fragment of the INTIMAL Long Distance Improvisation (Improvisatory Performance through Internet) is featured as part of the playlist created by WoNoMute (Women Norway Music and Technology Network), together with other 10 artists from the Network. The list was curated by Anna Xambó, Karolina Jawad and Ana Maria Romano, as part of the celebrations of the 10 years of Festival En Tiempo Real. Great to be part of it!

Enjoy listening, via this link:

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http://wonomute.no/blog/10th-anniversary-festival-en-tiempo-real-wonomute-playlist/

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.

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.