It was a privilege to be part of ULTIMA Contemporary Music Festival, which took place in Oslo, dedicated to Migration. On September 14th, 2018, I offered a workshop called “Listening to Migration” combining Deep Listening practice with insights from INTIMAL project. Thirteen people from all over the world attended to share listening meditations, and relationships with the dream space and time, reflecting on how these could become keys to open new paths for negotiating with in-between interstitial spaces that derive from their migrations. They also played with one of my scores called “Chhidiommatikflui”,  which invites to utter repeatedly a word in any language that produce pleasure, and to notice how their body moves with those utterances. Through slow walking they brought to their consciousness their most unique sound and took home invitations to listen, together with the trust that listening brings.

I am very grateful to ULTIMA and to the participants for being part of this workshop!









Launch of MCT Masters at UiO and NTNU


Offering a talk “Telematic Sonic Performance: On Dis-location” as part of the launch of the joint Masters in Music, Communication and Technology at the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo and the NTNU in Trondheim.

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Really impressed with this academic program which brings students and staff members from the two locations together in a permanent streaming, for experimentation, collaboration and shared teaching. Looking forward to all the work that students will produce!

My abstract

In this talk I will share my experience in creating telematic sonic performances using long-distance bi-directional transmission of sound through the Internet: a mediation that strengthens metaphors of migration and dislocation. From this experimental, compositional and collaborative art practice, inspired by Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening, my art research has evolved into the creation of INTIMAL: an embodied physical virtual system for relational listening. INTIMAL interrelates body movement, vocal expression, memory and sense of place in a telematic system, expanding the technical possibility of ‘streaming sound’ to the one of ‘sensing vibrations’, in the distance. The system is being informed by a group of Colombian Migrant Women living in three European cities, involved in a fieldwork that uses Deep Listening and Embodied Music Cognition methods. INTIMAL is using technologies that augment and inter-relate feelings, body movements, and vocal expression in migratory contexts, for people to playfully improvise their migratory journeys, finding connections with themselves and others, physically and virtually, opening paths for healing.”


INTIMAL invites to “Listening to Migration” – Workshop, in ULTIMA Festival, Oslo – Sept 14



Workshop: Listening To Migration
14/9, 11 – 15
Free Entry, including refreshments

Artistic research project INTIMAL invites everyone interested to a one-day workshop dedicated to listening deeply to traces of human migration. Led by Ximena Alarcón Diaz, participants will carry out sonic meditations involving breathing, body movement, dream awareness and voice expression.

Participants are invited to explore in-between sonic spaces through the actions and to connect with individual memories and collective migratory journeys.

Inspired by Pauline Oliveros’s Deep Listening practice, combined with Embodied Music Cognition methods, this INTIMAL workshop explores the role of the body as a medium that carries a memory of place. The project is developed by Ximena Alarcón Diaz at RITMO (Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion), Department of Musicology, University of Oslo.

The workshop has a capacity of 15 and is open to all comers. Free Pre-registration here is required by 3 September:

Produced in collaboration with INTIMAL.

Ultima Context is supported by Norsk Komponistforening, Fritt Ord and Bergesenstiftelsen.



Workshop: Listening To Migration
14/9, 11 – 15
Fri entré, inkludert forfriskninger

Det kunstneriske forskningsprosjektet INTIMAL presenterer en dagsworkshop med dyplytting til lydlige spor av menneskelig migrasjon. Workshopen ledes av Ximena Alarcón Diaz. Her blir deltakerne med på lydmeditasjon som involverer pusting, kroppsbevegelser og drømmebevissthet samt det å uttrykke seg med stemme og språk.

Deltakerne inviteres til å utforske lydlige rom gjennom improvisasjoner der man forsøker å leve seg inn i individuelle og kollektive migrasjonsreiser.

INITMAL-prosjektet er inspirert av Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening-praksis, kombinert med metoder for kroppslig musikkognisjon. Prosjektet undersøker kroppens rolle som «grensesnitt» for å bevare minner om et sted. Prosjektet er utviklet av Ximena Alarcón Diaz på RITMO (Senter for tverrfaglig forskning på rytme, tid og bevegelse) ved Institutt for musikkvitenskap på Universitetet i Oslo.

Workshopen har 15 plasser og er åpen for alle. Deltakere må forhåndsregistrere seg innen 3. september. Påmelding her:

Produsert i samarbeid med INTIMAL.

Ultima Context er støttet av Norsk Komponistforening, Fritt Ord og Bergesenstiftelsen.

MSCA Fellow of the week

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I have been featured in the Facebook portal of MSCA as Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellow of the week:

“Listen up! Sound artist and #MSCA IF fellow of the week Ximena Alarcón from Colombia develops the project INTIMAL at the University of Oslo. Ximena has a Deep Listening Certificate and practices Chi Kung, a form of body and mind energy practice with fluid and continuous movements. The body and mind experience with the sonic space, the intersection of sound art, music cognition, psychology, and human-computer interaction influence Ximena’s current research. She links socio-psychological experiences of migration and the reference to distant places through memory and dreams, with practices of networked sonic improvisatory performances and listening. Her case study focuses on Colombian post-conflict and peace building. Ximena works with Colombian migrant women in Europe to explore and test relational listening. Can listening to spoken word, expressing embodied feelings with the voice, and sharing these dynamically with others, be a potential act for healing and reconciliation?
Read more about Ximena and her research project at: “