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Exhibition Migratory Dreams at Furtherfield Gallery – London

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‘Is this a performance, an exhibition, a show, or a picnic?’ and ‘What is this about?’ were some of the initial questions from visitors to the exhibition ‘Migratory Dreams’, which, despite the cold, brought around 50 people from all over the world to Furtherfield Gallery in Finsbury Park on 2 March, 2013.

Curious visitors were greeted with sounds coming from loudspeakers placed on the exterior wall of the Gallery. Colombian food, such as exotic fruit juices, empanadas (pastries), envueltos de mazorca (cornbread rolled in corn leaves), arequipe and natilla (milk-based desserts), helped to emphasise the migratory nature of the event and evoked memories and relationships with both territory and body: reminders of a land that used to feed Colombians and latinoamerican migrants. The body recalls memories of warm corn and fried cassava.

Inside the gallery, eight dreams were displayed through mp3 players in a dimly lit atmosphere, inviting attendees to an intimate listening experience that could nonetheless be shared with others. The eight dreams were the result of the telematic performance that was created in real-time between four Colombians residing in London, and four Colombians residing in Bogotá: linked by diverse migratory experiences on the 2nd of August, 2012.

In the exhibition, the listeners had access to transcriptions of the dreams, which originated in Spanish and were translated into English. Translation is itself a migration of language, extending the links of the universal experience of geographical movement, and of the universe of dreams. Javier, one of the visitors, suggested that ‘ “Migratory Dreams” represents a mental universe of migrants that is not visible in the society that receives them’. Neither is it visible in the society that has been left; in the exhibition there was a chance to hear thoughts and feelings that come from this ‘universe’.

Visitors also were invited to exchange dreams through a dream box. The box provoked interaction between unacquainted people and provided the opportunity to further share the common universes of migration and dreams.

During the event, a bilingual talk was presented to explain the creative and experiential process lived by the performers, and to help realise possible links or ties that are created in a collective dream. The talk described how the performance followed preparatory workshops drawn from Deep Listening philosophy and practices. Visitors were curious about concepts such as ‘dream incubation’, which was beautifully explained by the youngest of the crowd (a 6-year-old boy), who assertively imagined this process as resembling the one that happens between ‘a chicken and the eggs’. ‘Yes, it’s something like that, and with the warmth that is required’, I replied.

Equally, processes of listening mediated by technologies, made him wonder if people are ‘hearing the same sounds’ in each city. The answer this time is not easy. Listening is subjective, and in fact the differences in technical output in each city created distinct experiences. The recorded streaming signal is the common representation for audiences to listen ‘to the same sounds’. Networks and migrations were concepts that provoked other interesting questions from the audience that in turn allowed for expansion: functional, technical, poetic and philosophical references were part of the conversation.

Andrea, another visitor, said to me that this exhibition touched deeply ‘a fibre’ and that this unusual experience will remain with her. In this sense, the event was achieving its purpose: creating resonances and awareness of invisible links we migrants and dreamers share. And it was not only Colombians who joined this party. People from many different geographical locations came to eat, drink, listen, share and to connect, not necessarily driven to understand the slippery nature of dreams, and the transitory essence of migrations, but just to be there. Aha, so was it a party?

Thanks to Futherfield Gallery for the invitation to use their ‘Clear Spots’ experimental space.


Sueños Migratorios – Performance Telemático, Londres-Bogotá Agosto. 3

Sueños Migratorios es una exploración sonora en el mundo de los sueños, hecha por un grupo de colombianos que han migrado a Londres, y un grupo de colombianos que viven en Bogotá, quienes han migrado a través de los sueños, familias, amigos y tecnología a otros espacios, y también algunos quienes han migrado geográficamente y han regresado a su país.

Los soñadores han explorado los espacios donde suceden sus sueños y los sentimientos relacionados con sus migraciones. Ellos han seguido un proceso a través de la práctica de la Escucha Profunda, viajando en tiempo y espacio a través de la escucha y han explorado la experiencia sonora en sus sueños. Al compartir sus sueños ellos los han amplificado en la realidad despierta con la ayuda de los otros soñadores, escuchando y expresándose sonoramente, y han tejido un sueño colectivo en cada ciudad. En el performance a través de Internet, Colombianos desde las dos ciudades, se encontrarán para tejer , otro sueño, trascendiendo aún más los lugares geográficos donde los soñadores se encuentran, y donde sus sueños suceden.

Dónde podrían llevarte estos sueños?

Escúchalos en vivo en Resonance 104.4FM el 3 de Agosto a las 8:00pm (hora Londres) y a las 2:00pm (hora Bogotá).

Soñadores y performers en Londres: Amaru, Nelly, Sebastián, Steve Cárdenas Mosquera
Soñadores y performers en Bogotá: Diana María Restrepo, Joela, Sandra Miranda Pattin, Tzitzi Barrantes
Programador Interface: Emmett Glynn

Performance apoyado por:
CRiSAP – Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice, LCC University of the Arts London, en colaboración con Plataforma Bogotá, Deep Listening Institute y Resonance FM.

Migratory Dreams – Telematic Sonic Performance London – Bogotá Aug. 3rd

Migratory Dreams is a sonic exploration of dreams made by a group of Colombians who have migrated to London, and a group of Colombians residing in Bogotá who have migrated through dreams, families, friends, and technology to many other spaces, and some of whom have migrated geographically and returned to their country.

Dreamers have looked at the spaces where their dreams take place and the feelings associated with these in relation to their migrations. They have engaged in Deep Listening exercises, traveling in time and space through listening, and explored their sonic experience in dreams. When sharing their dreams they have amplified them in the waking reality with the help of the other dreamers, by listening and sounding, and have woven a collective dream in each city. In the Internet-based performance, Colombians from these distant locations will meet to weave, in real-time, another dream, transcending even more the geographical spaces where the dreamers are, and where their dreams take place.

Where might Colombians’ dreams take you?

Live on Resonance 104.4 FM on the 3rd of August, 2012 at 8:00pm (London time) 2:00pm (Bogotá time)

Performers Dreamers in London: Amaru, Nelly, Sebastián, Steve Cárdenas Mosquera
Performers Dreamers in Bogotá: Diana María Restrepo, Joela, Sandra Miranda Pattin, Tzitzi Barrantes
Programmer Interface: Emmett Glynn

Performance supported by:
CRiSAP – Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice, LCC University of the Arts London, in collaboration with Plataforma Bogotá, Deep Listening Institute and Resonance FM.

Lanzamiento convocatoria Bogotá – Call Bogotá

(English below)
Se lanzó la convocatoria pública para participantes en Bogotá en el performance Sueños Migratorios a través de Plataforma Bogotá. Los talleres en Bogotá se realizarán el Martes 24, Miércoles 25, Viernes 27 y Martes 31 de julio de 10:00am a 1:00pm.
El performance: 3 de agosto de 2:00pm a 4:00pm.

Tuvimos ayer nuestra segunda prueba de conexión entre Resonance FM y Plataforma Bogotá, usando el software TubePlug. Tuvimos algunos problemas de conexión que esperamos resolver pronto. Escogimos espacios para el performance en Bogotá, como la Sala de Muestras (abajo), y el Laboratorio, como espacio de escucha. La próxima semana empezaremos los talleres con los participantes inscritos en Londres y la siguiente en Bogotá!

Gracias a todo el equipo que está colaborando en hacer este performance posible!

The public call was launched yesterday for the Migratory Dreams performance from Plataforma Bogotá. In Bogotá workshops will be in July Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25, Friday 27 and Tuesday 31, 10:00am – 1:00pm.
Performance: August 3, 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

We had our second technical test between Resonance FM and Plataforma Bogotá. We had some network problems that we hope to solve soon. We chose Sala de Muestras for the performance (see image above) and also the Laboratorio as listening space. We look forward to start next week the workshops with participants who booked a place in London and in Bogotá the week after!

Thanks to the team that is working to make possible this performance!

Convocatoria Sueños Migratorios

Qué sueñas?
Sueñas que estás en Colombia? en Londres? En algún otro lugar?

Se necesitan Colombianos voluntarios para participar en el performance sonoro telemático (a través de Internet) “Sueños Migratorios” para compartir sueños, escuchar sueños de otros y traer su poder expresivo y creativo que nutra la vida despierta. Los participantes se conectarán con Colombianos que residen en Bogotá, y compartirán sus sueños entre las dos locaciones de manera sonora.

Cupos limitados!

Requisitos en Londres:
Ser colombian@, y haber migrado a Londres por más de 5 años.

Requisitos en Bogotá:
Ser colombian@, y tener familiares o amigos que hayan migrado a Londres (u otra ciudad de Inglaterra) por más de 5 años.

Requisitos para todos:
Ser mayor de 18 años.
Querer escuchar, improvisar con voz y sonidos, y explorar tus sueños.

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