Sensing INTIMAL App©

The Branderburg Centre for Media Studies (ZeM)

I was invited on May 26th and June 2nd to The Brandenburg Centre for Media Studies (ZeM) by the Research Group “SENSING: The Knowledge of Sensitive Media”, to share my research with the project INTIMAL, first stage, and to offer a Sentient workshop , involving Deep Listening®, Relational Listening, and experiencing the INTIMAL App© which is part of the second stage of the project. This time, the frame of the collective experience was proposed as “Dreaming while awake: for a network of presence“. Thanks to all the members of the group for engaging with the experience of listening, walking, and connecting to the place and to others, while experiencing different levels of presence. Thanks to Kate Donovan for the invitation!

INTIMAL App©

INTIMAL App© is a mobile phone application developed by Ximena Alarcón that invites people to listen to their “migratory journeys”, by walking in their surroundings, to sense place and sense presence, alone and with others across distant locations.

The app senses users’ walking rhythms to be sonified and perceived as breathing. When used collectively, people can hear each others’ walking patterns as “breathing”, feeling embodied emotional telepresence. Within the journey the app reveals excerpts of stories of migration, that might trigger a response from the user, building the path with words and memories, as relations emerge and connect in an exercise of shared memories.

This current artistic and technical implementation was funded by The Studio Recovery Fund, awarded by The Studio, Bath Spa University’s Enterprise and Innovation Hub. This fund helped to ‘unlock’ the possibilities of the App by developing a service for the INTIMAL app and test its usability, within the context of the pandemic lockdown. The service aims to create local and distant connections by sensing rhythms, opening new paths and insights in people’s daily limited walks during and after the pandemic lockdown, and ‘unlock’ contemporary stories of local places, triggered by voices of Colombian migrant women from the INTIMAL Collective. This work was tested and implemented in collaboration with Service Designer Dr Liliana Rodríguez, and programmer Kieran Harte.

INTIMAL App© Showcase at The Studio, May 25th

INTIMAL App©, by Ximena Alarcón, 2021. All Rights Reserved.

As a result of the UNLOCK project, awarded to Ximena Alarcón by The Studio Recovery Fund, and in collaboration with Liliana Rodríguez and Kieran Harte, we will showcase the results of testing and developing further the INTIMAL App©.

We will demonstrate how we have developed the INTIMAL App© to allow the user to connect with others through their walking and breathing patterns as they listen to  stories collected from Colombian migrant women living in Europe. Other five projects funded by The Studio Recovery Fund, will be part of this showcase on 25th of May, 11am – 3pm.

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The Studio, Bath Spa University’s Enterprise and Innovation Hub

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Intimal App© is a mobile phone application developed by Ximena Alarcón that invites people to listen to their “migratory journeys”, by walking in their surroundings, to sense place and sense presence, alone and with others across distant locations.  

The app senses users’ walking rhythms to be sonified and perceived as breathing. When used collectively, people can hear each others’ walking patterns as “breathing”, feeling embodied emotional telepresence. Within the journey the app reveals excerpts of stories of migration, that might trigger a response from the user, building the path with words and memories, as relations emerge and connect in an exercise of shared memories.

Awarded: The Studio Recovery Fund

I am happy to announce that I have been awarded The Studio Recovery Fund , for the sub-project UNLOCK to develop a service for the INTIMAL App© (by Ximena Alarcón, 2021), and test its usability and unlock narrative options by women in Bath, within the context of the pandemic lockdown. The mobile app will take them on “migratory journeys”, helping them to explore a sense of place and a sense of presence, through their physical and emotional connections with local places, stimulating collective storytelling. The service explores alternatives to screen interfaces to feel embodied emotional telepresence. It aims to create local and distant connections by sensing rhythms, opening new paths and insights in people’s daily limited walks during and after the pandemic lockdown. I am very pleased to work on this project in collaboration with the Strategy and Service’s Designer Dr Liliana Rodríguez, and BSU’s Creative Computing programmer Kieran Harte, to test the app’s context, technological development and implementation, through a Co-design workshop with experts at The Studio, and with a User X workshop with nine women based in Bath.

The Studio Recovery Fund “aims to help freelancers, micro-businesses and third sector organisations in the BANES area”. Six projects were selected over 30 businesses applications for creative technology projects that aim to promote renewal and support the region’s post-pandemic recovery efforts. This is an exciting opportunity for me to test the concepts of the INTIMAL project and expand these in the local space, and across distance locations and proximities. I look forward to listen to the stories that the project helps to emerge.

As a resident at The Studio I have been exploring how to make accessible different aspects of the INTIMAL system, developed between 2017-2019. In 2020 I started as a Resident, and received support from Bath Spa University and the Graduate Internships program, to work in a prototype of the app with the support of the programmer Ricardo Graça. With The Studio Recovery Fund Award, the app goes further, exploring collaborations, and testing it with local users.

INTIMAL Documentary

(Abajo en español)

This documentary summarises the first stage of development of the art-research project INTIMAL led by Dr. Ximena Alarcón at the University of Oslo’s RITMO Research Centre, between 2017-2019, thanks to a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship she was awarded.

The project invites people to listen to their migrations, in order to expand their sense of place and sense of presence. In its first stage, Ximena proposes two questions: 1) how the body becomes an interface that keeps memory of place, and 2) how to improvise and transmit the experience of an embodied migratory journey using non-screen based interfaces. As a case study, she involved Colombian women who have migrated to European countries, in the exploration of their migratory journeys, via listening, improvised voice and body movement, in co-located and telematic settings. She used Deep Listening practice and Embodied Music Cognition methods to develop the INTIMAL System: a physical-virtual “embodied” system for Relational Listening, to be used in telematic sonic performance, in the context of human migration.

(Español)

Este documental resume la primera etapa de desarrollo del proyecto de investigación artística INTIMAL liderado por la Dra. Ximena Alarcón en el Centro de Investigación RITMO de la Universidad de Oslo, entre 2017-2019, gracias a una beca Marie Skłodowska Curie que le fue otorgada.

El proyecto invita a las personas a escuchar sus migraciones, con el fin de ampliar su sentido de lugar y presencia. En su primera etapa, Ximena plantea dos preguntas: 1) cómo el cuerpo se convierte en una interfaz que guarda la memoria del lugar, y 2) cómo improvisar y transmitir la experiencia de un viaje migratorio sonoro del cuerpo, utilizando interfaces no visuales, y con sensores de movimiento. Como caso de estudio, involucró a mujeres colombianas que han migrado a países europeos, en la exploración de sus viajes migratorios, a través de la escucha, la voz improvisada y el movimiento corporal, en entornos co-localizados y telemáticos. Utilizó la práctica de Deep Listening y los métodos de Embodied Music Cognition para desarrollar el INTIMAL System: un sistema físico-virtual “incorporado” para la Escucha Relacional, para ser utilizado en performance de improvisación sonora telemática, en el contexto de la migración humana.

Heh-ring-gohn-za: Escuchatorio del Viaje Migratorio, Linz. February 2021

In the INTIMAL collective we are very happy collaborating with the MAIZ project of migrant women, based in Linz, Austria. We are offering a workshop to 12 women listen to their migratory journeys: “HÖRRAUM: auf den Spuren einer migrantischen Reise“. Workshop Leads/Artists: Ximena Alarcón, Calu, Violeta Ospina.

En el colectivo INTIMAL estamos felices de colaborar con el proyecto MAIZ, basado en Linz, Austria. Ofreceremos el taller: “Heh-ring-gohn-za: Escuchatorio del Viaje Migratorio” a 12 mujeres migrantes para escuchar a sus migraciones. Talleristas/Artistas: Ximena Alarcón, Calu, Violeta Ospina.

Walking Festival of Sound, Jan 15, 2021

I was invited by Jacek Smolicki and Tim Shaw to speak in the Walking Festival of Sound. I received very nourishing questions about the different layers of the INTIMAL project: such as my approach to healing, sonification, oral archives, audience, performers and embodiment. Thanks a lot to everybody present there, for their listening, and for their engagement in the Q&A. Thanks again to Jacek and Tim, this was a very refreshing way to start the year, to continue giving the next steps for the INTIMAL project.

El Retorno de nuestras voces – Comisión de la Verdad, 14 Nov, 2020

English below

Como colectivo INTIMAL tuvimos el honor de participar en este evento cultural “El Retorno de nuestras voces” organizado por la Comisión de la Verdad (Colombia), en el Reino Unido e Irlanda. Mil gracias a lxs organizadores por incluirnos en este evento con tantas voces que necesitan ser escuchadas desde el exterior de Colombia, para sanar al sacar la voz y ser escuchadxs.

English

As an INTIMAL collective, we had the honor of participating in this cultural event “The Return of our voices” organized by the Truth Commission (Colombia), in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Many thanks to the organizers for including us in this event with so many voices that need to be heard from outside Colombia, to heal by speaking out and being heard.

Listening Across Disciplines – Podcast in Resonance FM

Thanks to Mark Peter Wright for including me on this Listening Across Disciplines podcast which was broadcast on November 11 in Resonance FM. I am talking about my expectations and learning with the INTIMAL project and how much listening I have practiced in the making of this project!

“New series examining Auditory Practices across Arts, Science and Technology, through conversations, lab and field demonstrations and environmental sounds. Each episode creates its own listening journey and entangles different voices and approaches with the spaces in which listening takes place. Today: Episode 6. Sound Arts. Conversations reflect on artistic methods and practices of listening. Interviewees include: Dr. Ximena Alarcón, Professor Angus Carlyle, Dr. Matt Parker and Syma Tariq. Produced by Mark Peter Wright and Salomé Voegelin at CriSAP, UAL. Visit www.listeningacrossdisciplines.net for full information. Twitter: @listenacross Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ListeningAcrossDisciplines/