“Sentirme acompañada de una manera que no es ni amigas, ni madres.”
“I feel accompanied in a way that is neither like friends, nor mothers.”
quotes by members of the INTIMAL collective
We are a co-creation collective of Latin American migrant women in Europe listening to our migrations, that emerged from Ximena Alarcón‘s research-art project INTIMAL: Interfaces for Relational Listening. Body, Memory, Migration, Telematics.
We first met online as Colombian migrant women in 2018 to listen to our dreams and migrations, and were invited to Norway for a physical presence Deep Listening® Intensive, and a research experiment to tell the story of our migratory journeys and in relation to the Colombian conflict.
“Sentí la confianza para expresar cosas que no siempre yo podría expresar en otro espacio.”“I felt the trust to express things I couldn’t always express in another space.”
“Hice una experiencia somática de sororidad.”“I had a somatic experience of sisterhood.”
We collaborated as free improvisers in A Long Distance Improvisation: London, Barcelona and Oslo , a public telematic sonic performance, testing the interactive system INTIMAL.
“He aprendido a escuchar sus historias de migración. A través de escucharlas identifique mi propia historia.”“I have learnt to listen to their migration stories. Through listening to them I have identified my own history.”
We created the multimedia Fanzine Vol. 1/2019 with statements of our experience.
Since 2019, we meet in INTIMAL Venas y Arterias (Veins and Arteries), with other Latin American women to listen to our dreams and improvise with sounds and body movement. In INTIMAL, we listen, we dream, we sound, we heal.
“Las posibilidades de sentir empatía a cosas mundanas y a cosas también difíciles.”“Possibilities of feeling empathy for mundane things as well as for difficult things.”
During the lockdown time in Europe, we met seven times in an INTIMAL_Lab pilot space, which stimulated further co-creation, support in times of isolation, and conversations on our liminal identities.
We dream of opening INTIMAL_Lab space to support more migrant women and liminal identities across continental borders.
“Tener un colectivo de sueños es fenomenal; es vital.”“Having a dream collective is phenomenal; it is vital.”