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This documentary summarises the first stage of development of the art-research project INTIMAL led by Dr. Ximena Alarcón at the University of Oslo’s RITMO Research Centre, between 2017-2019, thanks to a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship she was awarded.
The project invites people to listen to their migrations, in order to expand their sense of place and sense of presence. In its first stage, Ximena proposes two questions: 1) how the body becomes an interface that keeps memory of place, and 2) how to improvise and transmit the experience of an embodied migratory journey using non-screen based interfaces. As a case study, she involved Colombian women who have migrated to European countries, in the exploration of their migratory journeys, via listening, improvised voice and body movement, in co-located and telematic settings. She used Deep Listening practice and Embodied Music Cognition methods to develop the INTIMAL System: a physical-virtual “embodied” system for Relational Listening, to be used in telematic sonic performance, in the context of human migration.
Este documental resume la primera etapa de desarrollo del proyecto de investigación artística INTIMAL liderado por la Dra. Ximena Alarcón en el Centro de Investigación RITMO de la Universidad de Oslo, entre 2017-2019, gracias a una beca Marie Skłodowska Curie que le fue otorgada.
El proyecto invita a las personas a escuchar sus migraciones, con el fin de ampliar su sentido de lugar y presencia. En su primera etapa, Ximena plantea dos preguntas: 1) cómo el cuerpo se convierte en una interfaz que guarda la memoria del lugar, y 2) cómo improvisar y transmitir la experiencia de un viaje migratorio sonoro del cuerpo, utilizando interfaces no visuales, y con sensores de movimiento. Como caso de estudio, involucró a mujeres colombianas que han migrado a países europeos, en la exploración de sus viajes migratorios, a través de la escucha, la voz improvisada y el movimiento corporal, en entornos co-localizados y telemáticos. Utilizó la práctica de Deep Listening y los métodos de Embodied Music Cognition para desarrollar el INTIMAL System: un sistema físico-virtual “incorporado” para la Escucha Relacional, para ser utilizado en performance de improvisación sonora telemática, en el contexto de la migración humana.
I was invited by Jacek Smolicki and Tim Shaw to speak in the Walking Festival of Sound. I received very nourishing questions about the different layers of the INTIMAL project: such as my approach to healing, sonification, oral archives, audience, performers and embodiment. Thanks a lot to everybody present there, for their listening, and for their engagement in the Q&A. Thanks again to Jacek and Tim, this was a very refreshing way to start the year, to continue giving the next steps for the INTIMAL project.
Como colectivo INTIMAL tuvimos el honor de participar en este evento cultural “El Retorno de nuestras voces” organizado por la Comisión de la Verdad (Colombia), en el Reino Unido e Irlanda. Mil gracias a lxs organizadores por incluirnos en este evento con tantas voces que necesitan ser escuchadas desde el exterior de Colombia, para sanar al sacar la voz y ser escuchadxs.
As an INTIMAL collective, we had the honor of participating in this cultural event “The Return of our voices” organized by the Truth Commission (Colombia), in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Many thanks to the organizers for including us in this event with so many voices that need to be heard from outside Colombia, to heal by speaking out and being heard.
Thanks to Mark Peter Wright for including me on this Listening Across Disciplines podcast which was broadcast on November 11 in Resonance FM. I am talking about my expectations and learning with the INTIMAL project and how much listening I have practiced in the making of this project!
“New series examining Auditory Practices across Arts, Science and Technology, through conversations, lab and field demonstrations and environmental sounds. Each episode creates its own listening journey and entangles different voices and approaches with the spaces in which listening takes place. Today: Episode 6. Sound Arts. Conversations reflect on artistic methods and practices of listening. Interviewees include: Dr. Ximena Alarcón, Professor Angus Carlyle, Dr. Matt Parker and Syma Tariq. Produced by Mark Peter Wright and Salomé Voegelin at CriSAP, UAL. Visit www.listeningacrossdisciplines.net for full information. Twitter: @listenacross Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ListeningAcrossDisciplines/“
A memory of my talk about INTIMAL system at Ars Electronica Symposium ‘The Women in Media Art: Telematic Performance’. Thanks to Alex Murray-Leslie, Anat Ben David, Tina Frank and Claudia Schnugg! Wonderful insights on diversity in Telematic Performance.
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.
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 app “designed 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.
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