INTIMAL is a telematic sound art research project and “embodied” system for listening to our migrations; this, to heal experiences of geographical and cultural loss. INTIMAL has been created by Dr. Ximena Alarcón in 2017, funded by Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship, and developed until 2019 in the University of Oslo. Since September 2019, Ximena continues this project as an independent art-research venture.

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, leading to individual and collective transformations.

To know more about the first stage of INTIMAL you can watch this documentary:

INTIMAL proposes   relational listening  to interrelate fragments of memories left by our migrations, and understand that we, as migrants, are whole and multidimensional.

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 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). The second stage of the project is being developed with the support of The Studio at Bath Spa University, and I am currently working in a prototype of an INTIMAL mobile app to explore Migratory Journeys.