This is an excerpt from the INTIMAL Long Distance Improvisation, online version. This is to illustrate a paper written for the JONMA Journal of Network Music and Arts.
By Artist: Ximena Alarcón-Díaz
Researcher RITMO Centre, University of Oslo
Improvisers: INTIMAL Listening Community – Colombian Migrant women in Oslo, Barcelona and London
This is a fragment of the online version of the Long Distance Improvisation (May 7, 2019), between nine Colombian and Latin American migrant women residing in Oslo – Barcelona – London. Improvisers in each city "activated" an oral archive with testimonies from Colombian Women in Diaspora by using the software MEMENTO created by the INTIMAL project, through a mobile phone interface, sensing their steps, to interrelate fragments of the archive. In each city, they listened to the same material, by headphones, but the activation was local and random. Improvisers' breathing movement was sonified in real time between the three cities, and amplified in loudspeakers, with the software RESPIRO, created by the project, as a form of having their embodied presence. The synchronicities between their expressions in the distance are serendipitous and help the emergence of more layers of a collective memory. Their voices are transmitted via the commercial software Discord, and the broadcast is created with OBS Open Broadcaster Software. Silences and disconnections, are part of the Internet and cell phones aesthetics, and the mediated listening in the distance. In a parallelism with the migration process, the work invites us to listen to in-between spaces of historical memory of migration and conflict. This is a catharsis needed to imagine the birth of other possible individual and collective histories, that help the healing of so much loss and sadness: a shared dream.
Artistic and Technical Implementation:
Alexander Refsum Jensenius, Paul Boddie, Lucia Nikolaia Lopez Bohorquez, Çagri Erdem, Victor Evaristo González
Students from the Master in Music, Communication and Technology, UiO and NTNU: Mari Lesteberg, Elias Sukken Andersen, Eirik Dahl, Eigil Aandahl.
External Assistance: Sagar Sen – Sweetzpot Breathing Sensors
External Advisors: Kristin Norderval, Cathy Lane, Trond Lossius
Fundación PHONOS, UPF, Barcelona:
Ángel Faraldo. Xavier Favory, Nerea Tascón. IT support: Germán España. Silvia Villalba, Estefanía González.
IKLECTIK Art Lab, London: CRiSAP, UAL, Matt Parker, Eduard and Isa.
MELAHUSET, VOXLAB, Oslo.
Centre for Deep Listening, RPI
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