INTIMAL App© in Soundings: Assemblies of Listenings & Voices across the Souths, Berlin Aug 21-25

Attendees to SOUNDINGS. Berlin ADK. Photo by Dr. Amit D. Patel

It was a real nurturing experience to be part of this important gathering SOUNDINGS: Assemblies of Listenings and Voices Across the Souths at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. I offered a workshop with the INTIMAL App© and I am full of gratitude to the organisers for the invitation and encouragement to speak and share my work and renewed reflections.

Poster of SOUNDINGS. ADK, Berlin.

Soundings was a seminal 5-day gathering of musicians, artists, performers, and sound scholars from outside of the European canon. Soundings addressed “the dearth of critical engagement with artists and thinkers working on the margins of the Eurocentric discourses, to counteract a scant presence of the Global South, diasporic, and indigenous music and sound works, and scholarship in the contemporary fields of music and sound arts”. In meaningful soundings and listenings with diverse formats, I was invited to listen to the plants, as well as the research and art of my artists-researchers-thinkers colleagues from the Global South, who have engaged also in migratory journeys to make their voices, thoughts and artistic and intellectual development heard and evolve in countries from the Global North. A deep and critical revision of how we voice and listen was framed with silences for reflection, on what unites us, also on our diversities, and how we find ways for being recognised on equal levels for our long-distance journey to be supported across the globe.

Sonic Proximities, published in JONMA Journal

I am very pleased to announce and share my publication “Sonic Proximities: Locating Oneself and the Others Within a “Migratory Journey”.” in the Journal of Network Music and Arts 4, 1 (2022).

This issue of the Journal addresses the theme “Network Arts:
Transformation of Distance.” Questions on different aspects of distance are addressed by the five articles involving different technologies, art practices and contexts, in contemporary times of connecting during the Covid-19 pandemic.

My contribution is a reflection on the first version of the INTIMAL App© developed with The Studio Recovery Fund, and the test with 10 women in Bath, UK. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, this article reflects on the social and environmental “sonic proximities” that emerged out of the listening experiences using the INTIMAL mobile app with ten women based in Bath, United Kingdom. I suggest that the embodied and interactive simplicity of the app stimulates connections that support the gradual transformation of environmental and social distance, thereby providing a sense of individual and collective agency.

The reflection was presented first at the NowNet Arts Conference 2021, and with the feedback received and further reflections, the results are published here.

Thanks to Sarah Weaver and Corinna Kirsch, to make possible this publication, and congratulations on the full issue.

INTIMAL Hehringhonza – Sheffield, 18/06/2022

With Violeta Ospina, Calu, and Liliana Rodríguez, from the INTIMAL Collective we are very happy to offer a one-day hybrid workshop “INTIMAL Heh-ring-ghon-zah” in Sheffield, UK, as part of Migration Matters Festival ! This is a one-day hybrid (online and in person) workshop that invites women to listen and celebrate their migratory journeys. Using Deep Listening®, sound improvisation, and the INTIMAL App© they will connect with dreams, voice and languages, expanding their sonic space. Limited places. Book your tickets on https://www.migrationmattersfestival.co.uk/2022/intimal

Migration Matters Festival Line Up 2022
INTIMAL Heh-ring-gon-za. Poster by Violeta Ospina
INTIMAL App. By Ximena Alarcón.

CTM Festival Berlin 25.05.22

Listening in Berlin. By Ximena Alarcón

I am very grateful for the invitation to speak at the CTM Festival 2022, at the panel Contact with the more-than-human-world. The panel brought together reflections from Jono Gilmurray, Susan Schuppli and Faiza Ahmad Khan, AM Kanngieser and Zoe Todd. Curated by Anita Jóri, the panel explored how sound artists have engaged politically, socially and aesthetically with our environments, in the context of climate crisis. How our work might respond to the urgent questions of listening, and the negotiation of our position in relation to other more-than-human entities. I offered a talk on “Sonic Migrations: resonances that hold us as we walk through telematic rituals for agency.”

This has been a great opportunity to bring together an overview of my 19 years of work listening to migrations and nourishing the principles of the INTIMAL system and the INTIMAL App©. Thanks to Anita Jóri, the speakers and the wonderful organisation of the Festival!

April 22: Earth Day Art Model Telematic Festival 2022

Earth Day Art Model, April 22, 24 hours of music connecting to the Earth

I am really happy to be part of the three concerts curated by Sarah Weaver at the Earth Day Art Model Telematic Festival, April 22 presenting my piece “Dreaming while awake: a network of presence” developed using the INTIMAL App© with the participation of eight walkers/improvisers/dreamers who joined me on April 10 and 11 to listen for place and presence.

Telematic Sonic Performance at the Eart Day Art Model Telematic Festival 2022
Telematic Sonic Performance at the Eart Day Art Model Telematic Festival 2022

They were invited to walk and listen to resonances with the places where they live, with themselves, and with others in distant locations. This is for me a collective and uplifting meditation. Thanks a lot to the improvisers! Cássia Carrascoza Bomfim (São Paulo- Brazil), Viv Corringham (New York, USA), Gloria Damijan (Vienna, Austria), Rachel Koenig Raven (Atlantic Beach, New York), Calvin Niles (London, UK), Dayana Rivera (Madrid, Spain), Biggi Vinkeloe (Sweden, California-US, India), Jane Wang (Boston, MA, USA).

You can listen to the piece here and to the amazing concerts connecting with the Earth and others on 22 of April and for 24 hours (US Central Time) at https://edam2022.deck10.media/stages/STAGE-1# Check your Time zone by Going to the Link!

The INTIMAL App© is developed by Ximena Alarcón (Artistic Concept and Sound Interactive Design); Programming by Kieran Harte.

Earth Day Art Model is developed by the artistic director Scott Deal, director of live programming Harry Chaubey, and a team from the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center, at IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology and Deck Media.

Many thanks to all for making it possible!

SLOMOCO Microresidency, Nov 5 – Dec 10, 2021

Really happy to be part of an amazing Microresidency opportunity at SLOMOCO, from the Movement and Computing Conference. My understanding of abstract ideas into data and movement, and a critical reflexion on each “step”, offered me clarity to continue in developments, applications and questionings with the INTIMAL App. Thanks for the Cohort conversations, and the provocations. Really delighted with the process and the listening in this community. Slowing down. From SloMoCo:

“SloMoCo asks: how can we co-design and develop research and practice events that treat virtual and telematic engagement as a feature and not a bug? What does this third space look like? With its penchant for observing and prototyping embodied experience, technical know-how, know-what, know-when, we believe the MOCO community is uniquely situated to respond playfully to this speculative invitation. For the last seven years, MOCO has convened research-practitioners with diverse metier in dance, somatic practice, theory, education and learning science, HCI, engineering, design, and neuroscience to share insights, findings, and provocations at the intersection of movement and computing. The community seems to return to a generative tension and complexity between the moving body as experienced and as represented. With SloMoCo, we return once more with a difference to ask how these insights can inform the presentation and performance of our work in this experimental setting. How can this attention to representation and abstraction of movement play a role in telematic, collaborative, and relational artistic practice? How can attunement to embodiment and facility with real-time movement analysis generate new modes of engagement? Through a series of events, opportunities, and endpoints, this reformatted conference/series will provide season, solstice, celebration, and structure as we head forward in order to produce a collective sense of time and a collective sense of possibility.”

Paper in NowNet Arts Conference 4-7 Nov, 2021

NowNet Arts Conference 2021. Transformation in the Distance

I presented at the NowNet Arts Conference, Transformation of Distance, which interrogated distance understood “as geographic distance and broader concepts such as physical, emotional, societal, environmental, and dimensional distance”. I presented the artistic process and the results of people experiencing the INTIMAL App in Bath, in the form of a paper called “Sonic Proximity: locating oneself and the others within “a migratory journey”. I also had the joy to improvise with NowNet Ensemble, and to improvise music telematically with the new Raspberry Pi Ensemble, together with Gloria Damijan and Jane Wang!

NowNet Arts proposes:

“What is distance? How is distance transformed in the field? How can the field address distance through diversity, equity, access, and inclusion? How can the geographic nature of network arts transform environmental relationships? Is there distance in loss on individual and collective scales that can be transformed? How can we develop artistic and technological components of these transformations in our field?”

NIME LATAM, Octubre 27, 2021

NIME LATAM. Diseño Patricia Cadavid

Hoy tuve el placer de presentar brevemente el proyecto INTIMAL, y participar con 28 creadorxs y sentipensantes de todas las esquinas en Latinoamérica, en el primer taller NIME Latinoamérica, en el marco del 18th Brazilian Symposium of Computer Music. NIME significa New Interfaces for Musical Expression, y queremos entendernos desde el contexto Latinoamericano:

“La Red de Investigación NIME Latinoamérica tiene como objetivo proveer un espacio para compartir recursos, tutoriales y repositorios para miembros de la comunidad, así como para visibilizar su trabajo. También buscamos organizar encuentros y eventos que serán comunicados en esta página y mediante nuestras plataformas de comunicación (por favor, contactar a los administradores para acceder a estas plataformas).Con esta red pretendemos dar los primeros pasos hacia la creación de una comunidad NIME latinoamericana así como también consolidar el futuro de esta comunidad al interior y más allá de NIME, abriéndonos a otras comunidades de América Latina e inspirando cambios políticos para apoyar el desarrollo de nuestras comunidades locales.” Interesades en hacer parte de esta Red nos pueden contactar a lxs organizadorxs. Es una experiencia muy enriquecedora, única y necesaria para nuestros retos Glocales!

SINTESIS – Bogotá, Octubre 21, 2021

Tuve el placer y fortuna de ofrecer una charla sobre Performance Telemático Sonoro el pasado 21 de Octubre en el Bootcamp SINTESIS en Bogotá. Parte de IoT (Internet of Things o Internet de las Cosas), tuve la oportunidad de tener una conversación con preguntas muy interesantes que surgen de la interdisciplinariedad: Artistas, Diseñadorxs, Ingenierxs, Músicxs, interesades en procesos creativos con tecnología y sonido. Agradezco a Eduardo Montilla y lxs organizadores por esta interesante invitación! Nuevas redes re-pensándonos los procesos tecnológicos y aprendiendo interdisciplinariamente.