This past weekend the first International Conference on Intimacy Coordination took place in Berlin (ICIC), organised by the German Association for Intimacy Coordination and Fight Choreography (BIK).BIK).
It was the first international meeting attended by intimacy professionals from all over Europe, Canada, South Africa and even Australia. It has been two days of constant exchange of experiences, reflections, knowledge, consent and lots and lots of intimacy coordination.
From IntimAct, we collaborated with two conferences. In the first one, which took place on Saturday morning, we reviewed some of the most common prejudices about this figure from our specific perspective and our experience in our trajectory. To prepare it, we drew directly from the discourse that the writer Lucía Lijtmaer presents in her essay "Ofendiditos. On the criminalisation of protest" and her exposition and analysis of a new current of puritanism.pective and our experience in our trajectory. To prepare it, we drew directly from the discourse that the writer Lucía Lijtmaer presents in her essay "Ofendiditos. On the criminalisation of protest" and her exposition and analysis of a new current of puritanism.a Lucía Lijtmaer expone en su ensayo “Ofendiditos. Sobre la criminalización de la protesta” y la exposición y análisis que hace de una nueva corriente de puritanismo.
In the second conference, we briefly analysed the arrival of Intimacy Coordination in Spain and other Latin American and Spanish-speaking countries and how the role has been integrated taking into account the culture and social context of each specific area.
We were also able to hear from experienced colleagues from around the world, such as Julia Effertz, Sam Murray and Kate Lush (Safe Sets), Malin B. Erikson and Pia Rickman (Nordicintimacy & IPG), Amanda Cutting and Megan Gilron (Principal Intimacy Professionals), Michela Carattini (Key Intimate Scenes), Erga Yaari; Paula Alamillo and Marit Östberg and many, many colleagues who brought their own perspectives and expertise, making it a productive and enriching meeting.
We came away with the feeling of having created strong international links and having brought together clearer ideas and intentions on the Intimacy Coordination in Europe and the rest of the world. The need to put more emphasis on the importance of thorough preparation to practice while making it more accessible to all was brought to the table. The need and short-term goal of creating European protocols and standards for privacy coordination was also pointed out.
We are immensely grateful to BIK for the effort and energy in organising the event, to all the participants for putting their knowledge at the service of others and to the whole international community of intimacy coordinators who attended in person and online and how lucky we are to be able to be an active part of it.