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.

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!

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!

Routed Magazine & iDiaspora

An article written by the INTIMAL collective, and titled “INTIMAL: Relational listening that unknowingly prepared us for the COVID-19 pandemic” has been published by the magazine Routed and iDiaspora, in an special issue, “Empowering global diasporas in the digital era”. It has been published in English, Spanish and French.

We are proud of sharing this issue with other 18 experiences using digital technologies in different ways to use digital media to connect, help, heal and stand for migrant’s needs and rights all over the world.

We are grateful the editors and the team that makes this possible!

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/

Physically Distant #2 Talk. July 28, 2020

I had the great opportunity of sharing INTIMAL Art-Research work in Physically Distant 2, a series of conversations on Telematic Performance organised by Federico Visi and Stefan Östersjö from the GEMM))) the Gesture Embodiment and Machines in Music research cluster at the School of Music in Piteå, Luleå University of Technology Thanks to the organisers and the audience, and for the open format.

My final reflection is about knowing our departure and intention to create the platform (or set of technologies) that give us agency for listening and sounding through telematics. INTIMAL System modules as prototype, informed by Embodied Listening holistic research (using Deep Listening ® and Embodied Music Cognition), are an example of what can be designed for telematic sonic performance.

INTIMAL’s vision is to expand people’s sense of place and sense of presence, with the use of embodied interfaces and networking technologies in live improvisatory sound performances, interconnecting people across local and distant locations, while creating dream-like narratives of place.

Through Relational Listening INTIMAL supports exercises on collective memory: walking in search for place, breathing to feel presence.

Food for thought and encouragement for continuing with the good work.

Streaming from Bath for “Absurdity” by Franziska Schroeder and Matilde Meireles

I also contributed to the online performance Absurdity by Franziska Schroeder and Matilde Meireles, in collaboration with members of the Female Laptop Orchestra FLO:

Franziska Schroeder – LiveSHOUT and Pessoa reading (English)

Matilde Meireles – LiveSHOUT and Pessoa reading (Portuguese)

Maria Mannone – LiveSHOUT streams of piano improv from Palermo

Maria Papadomanolaki – LiveSHOUT streams of sounds from Crete

Anna Xambó – LiveSHOUT streams of sounds from Sheffield

Nela Brown – LiveSHOUT streams of sounds from London

Ariane Stolfi – LiveSHOUT  streams of sounds from Porto Seguro and playsound.space

Ximena Alarcón – LiveSHOUT streams of sounds from Bath.

We used live streams through LiveShout appdesigned to facilitate multiple streaming points and multiple listening points, what we call ‘distributed listening’“, at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, in partnership with Locus Sonus, by Franziska Schroeder and Pedro Rebelo. A snippet of the performance can be heard in this Federico Visi’s tweet. Thanks to all for the sharing.

Charla en Mujeres al Borde del Ruido – Julio 9, 2020

Charla en el marco de La Escucha Profunda como práctica sensibilizadora y revolucionaria

Fue un privilegio ofrecer una charla para el proyecto “Mujeres al borde del Ruido” liderado por Laura Zapata y Juliana Ortigoza, en Plataforma Bogotá – Colombia. Contar con la presencia de lxs jovenes residentes en este laboratorio, y sentir su escucha atenta a la trayectoria de mi arte, confirmó para mí la relevancia de la escucha individual y colectiva en tiempos inciertos. Gracias a las organizadoras, y felicitaciones por este proyecto tan importante, ganador de la Beca Plataforma Bogotá – Arte, Ciencia y Tecnología 2019–2020.

Este laboratorio “espera propiciar espacios de creación sonora, cuyo eje articular aborde las estéticas de mujeres creadoras en relación con la tecnología y el sonido. El laboratorio propone el encuentro y diálogo con compositoras contemporáneas que han incorporado la tecnología en la música
(electroacústica).”

Casting Futures in the Thick Present: Talk in ArtEZ Time Matters, Nov 5, 2019

 

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I was honoured to contribute to the seminar Casting Futures in the Thick Present, in the Series Time Matters, organised by Peter Sonderen, Professor, and Sharon Stewart, researcher for the Professorship Theory in the Arts at the ArtEZ, in Deventer, the Netherlands. My talk went around how time is manifested in the project INTIMAL:

Abstract 

“Time in INTIMAL: In-between fragments of dreams and migrations, responses to awaken realities. 

The project has engaged initially nine Colombian migrant women living in Europe, in listening deeply to their dreams as vehicles of their migrations. Listening  to our dreams is inspired by the teachings of the writer and dream expert IONE, as part of the Deep Listening practice.  As a compass, the process in INTIMAL has questioned spaces and times, as well as sounds that are manifested in the dreams. Specifically, their engagement has been through the focus on my proposal of four spheres of migratory memory to navigate through:

  • body stories,
  • social body,
  • native land,
  • and hostland.

In the context of Colombian and world conflict, these spheres bring a cycle of renewal of stories that emerge through a myriad of emotions and can transform opening paths for healing experiences of loss. Loss could be related to the “no future”, particularly in territories that immerse us in various layers of conflict, and when the option of future is seen as “leaving” to other lands, to migrate. Time then might freeze, in the native and in the hostland. Time then could define what we perceive as our identities: embodied, colour, race, language, gender. Time emerges in this context as a malleable category to reinvent ourselves and to, actually, migrate.”

In the talk, my reflection involved the possibility of expanding time, through dreams, migration, and telematics, for the opening of possible futures.

 

Thanks to the organisers for this amazing opportunity!