INTIMAL is a physical-virtual embodied system for relational listening that explores the body as interface that keeps memory of place, in the context of human migration. INTIMAL embraces two key aspects in the context of human migration: sense of place and sense of presence.
INTIMAL 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).
About the project
In the European context of migration and diasporas, and at the intersection of sound art, music cognition, psychology and human-computer interaction, this project developed the first phase of INTIMAL.
Taking as a case study the experience of Colombian migrant women in three cities of Europe: Oslo, London and Barcelona, INTIMAL has been informed by their listening experiences to their “migratory journeys”, and to an oral archive, collected by the organisation Diaspora Women. The system was developed to integrate the body movements of performers (and their voices) with the oral archive.
INTIMAL system was tested in a Long-Distance Improvisation (telematic sonic performance) as a catalyst in a process of healing and reconciliation within the context of Colombian post-conflict and peace building.
INTIMAL: Interfaces for Relational Listening – Body, Memory, Migration, Telematics, is envisioned as a long term sustainable modular system for interfaces for relational listening that incorporate customizable tools for ‘tuning’ in our contemporary sense of place, through telematic sonic performance artistic practice.
Financing and Support
Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship, awarded to Dr. Ximena Alarcón, by the European Commission. Horizon2020.
INTIMAL was developed at the University of Oslo (UiO). The project was supported and mentored by UiO’s Alexander Refsum Jensenius , the fourMs – Music, Mind, Motion, Machines interfaculty research group, RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion, CRiSAP’S Cathy Lane, Trond Lossius, and Kristin Norderval from the Deep Listening community.
The project counted on the support from:
Fundació PHONOS, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
IKLECTIK Art Lab, London
The Center for Deep Listening, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
01.09.2017 – 31.08.2019