I feel honoured for being awarded with an honorary mention of the NIME 2019’s Pamela Z Award for Innovation, for the paper “INTIMAL: Walking to Find Place, Breathing to Feel Presence” who I wrote together with my co-authors Victor Evaristo González Sánchez and Çagri Erdem, and my artistic work involving migration issues, specifically for helping to “connect women’s voices who are unheard and have suffered from migrating to other countries involuntarily”. In this logic, I thank collaborators such as Mujer Diáspora (Diaspora Women), and her coordinator Helga Flamtermesky, who have collected and provided me with such voices, which have been heard by the INTIMAL community of Colombian Women, as a catharsis, an exercise of collective memory. Also to the INTIMAL community, who has followed me in the work to listen to these voices, and to their own migrations, and to my research assistant Lucia Nikolaia Lopez Bojorquez who supported me in the intense emotional work of annotating technically these voices to be heard by others, in the INTIMAL project.
I received a gift kindly provided by Margaret Schedel: a copy of the book “Artful Design” by Ge Wang.
Pamela Z award in the NIME Conference, was created last year and recognizes a person who is doing significant work that improves the discussion about diversity in NIME either through their research connecting people or through actions such as organisation and awareness.
This year the awardee of the Pamela Z main award is precisely the composer Margaret Schedel, who has contributed to the inclusion of diversity and NIMEs (New Interfaces for Musical Expression), and her co-authored paper “Women’s Labor: Creating NIMEs from Domestic Tools”.
Thanks to the jury of Pamela Z Award 2019:
Isabel Nogueira, Astrid Bin, Anna Weisling, Ana Maria Romano Gomez, Anna Xambó