Saturday 8 Oct  2pm – 6pm InSpire, Walworth, SE17 2HH

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Interdisciplinary Movement Based Session with Ximena Alarcón Deep Listening® for multidimensional peace

In this one-hour workshop you will be invited to immerse in listening possibilities for peace as a multidimensional sonic space to navigate across time and space. Opening the gates of life with full body listening, we will connect our breathing to our heart, our heart to our voice, our voice to our feet, our feet to the land, the land to the body in freedom of movement, and from that joyful dance we will cast our dreams. We will listen to the sonospheres (sound atmospheres) that we share and transform as a community, departing from our unique individual listening and soundings.   The workshop is open to all abilities. No previous knowledge is required. For the workshop participants should bring: 

– Listening curiosity – A cushion or yoga mat to sit comfortably on the floor. We have chairs if needed. – Comfortable clothes to move, and warm socks if needed. We will walk on the floor barefoot.

A notebook and pen If you had a special accessibility requirement, please let us know! Drinking water will be supplied at the venue. *A release form will be available at the venue to consent to appear in three general photographs taking during the workshop.

Dr. Ximena Alarcón is a sound artist-researcher interested in listening and sounding our sonic migrations: the resonances of geographical migrations. She is a Deep Listening® certified tutor, with a PhD in Music Technology and Innovation. Throughout her career, she has created telematic sonic improvisations and interfaces for relational listening, to understand sensorially migratory experiences. Her major works are Sounding Underground (IOCT-DMU, Leverhulme Trust, 2007-2009), the telematic sound performances’ series Networked Migrations (CRiSAP-UAL, 2011-2017), and INTIMAL: Interfaces for Relational Listening (RITMO-UiO, Marie Skłodowska Curie IF, 2017-2019).

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Embroidery Workshop Memory and Peace with Jimena Pardo

This workshop will use stitching to prompt dialogue around peace, hope, and memory. Drawing ideas from other textiles made in conflict from places such as Chile. The outcomes will reflect shared narratives around the current reconciliation and peace process in Colombia. All the materials will be provided along with guidance but it does help to have some previous experience with embroidery.

Jimena Pardo is a second-generation Chilean who arrived in England with her mother Cristina in 1976 at the age of two. Jimena studied a degree in Fine Art Painting and Art for Society at Wolverhampton University, her artwork strongly reflects her family’s experience, including her parent’s imprisonment, and her exiled identity. After completing a PGCE in Art and Design at Middlesex University in 2007 she now works as an Art Teacher in East London. 

Since February 2018 has been facilitating workshops for the project ‘Bordando por la Memoria’ – Embroidering Memory. A collaborative textile art project with the Chilean exiled community. Remembering events from the dictatorship and creating a physical archive of memory. Visit Bordando Por La Memoria:

4:30pm – 5:30 pm Creative Music Workshop PERCUTIENDO with Wilmer Sifontes.

Percussion workshop. In this Special effects percussion workshop, participants will have the chance to experience the use of miscellaneous percussive instruments to create sound and meaning to enhance appreciation of an art piece, such as music, dance theatre or movement. They will be able to explore the many ways in which natural sounds such as the rain, the wind, the birds and rivers, can be replicated through the use of specific devices, traditional drums and small hand percussion.

It will also be an opportunity to be introduced to play and learn about some of the most iconic percussion instruments from the Latin American continent.

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