INTIMAL is a physical-virtual embodied system for relational listening that integrates interfaces that invite people to listen to their migrations, and improvise with body movement and vocal sounds, in co-located and telematic performances (between distant locations).

INTIMAL proposes relational listening to negotiate sense of place, the physical attachments to land and culture, and sense of presence, through technological mediations.

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 through their migratory journeys. These, lead to individual and collective transformations.

INTIMAL is conceived and led by the artist-researcher Dr Ximena Alarcón Díaz who was awarded a Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship 2017-2019 for developing the first stage of this project.

The first stage of INTIMAL was developed at the RITMO Centre of Excellence at the University of Oslo (2017-2019).

Since September 2019, Ximena continues this project as an independent art-research venture.

The second stage of the project is being developed since 2020, with the support of The Studio at Bath Spa University, a Hub co-working space for Creative and Cultural Industries.

In 2021 Ximena was awarded The Studio Recovery Fund, to implement and test the prototype of the INTIMAL mobile App, where concepts of the system, have been incorporated in an accessible manner for people to explore Migratory Journeys.