INTIMAL App© – Stage 2

INTIMAL App© is a mobile phone application developed by Ximena Alarcón that invites people to listen to their “migratory journeys”, by walking in their surroundings, to sense place and sense presence, alone and with others across distant locations. The app senses users’ walking rhythms to be sonified and perceived as breathing. When used collectively, people can hear each others’ walking patterns as “breathing”, feeling embodied emotional telepresence.

The app has provided first-hand narrative accounts about the migration experiences of Colombian women living in Europe. It has also invited walkers to record and share voices that emerge, which the app reveals for others as they walk together, interrelating experiences and connecting sonically, in a shared present.

The first artistic and technical implementation was funded by The Studio Recovery Fund, awarded by The Studio, Bath Spa University’s Enterprise and Innovation Hub. This fund helped to ‘unlock’ the possibilities of the App by developing a service for the INTIMAL app and test its usability, within the context of the pandemic lockdown. The service aims to create local and distant connections by sensing rhythms, opening new paths and insights into people’s daily limited walks during and after the pandemic lockdown, and ‘unlock’ contemporary stories of local places, triggered by the voices of Colombian migrant women. This work was tested and implemented in collaboration with Service Designer Dr Liliana Rodríguez, and the programmer Kieran Harte. I have written an article about the artistic development of this work in the Journal for Network Music and Arts.

Since the first iteration, I have continued the development of the INTIMAL App© with the programming support of Kieran Harte. I have presented the app and developed further my ideas through my participation in the conference “Other(ing). Sensing, Practices, Politics and Ethics of Sensitive Media” at The Brandenburg Centre for Media Studies (ZEM), organised by Sensing: The Knowledge of Sensitive Media Research Group (June 2021), the NowNet Arts conference (November, 2021), and the SLOMOCO Micro-Residency (October-December 2021).

I developed further ideas of walking and agency in the CAMERA Motion Capture Centre, in collaboration with Silvia Calderelli.

INTIMAL App© in 2022

I have used the App as an interface/instrument with others in the Earth Day Telematic Festival (April 2022), GEXLAT with Intimal Collective (April 2022), Migration Matters Festival with the Intimal Collective (Sheffield, June 2022), Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín (July, 2022), and Soundings: Assemblies of Listenings and Voices across the Souths (Berlin, August 2022).

Dreaming while awake: a network of presence. Telematic Performance using the INTIMAL App© at the Earth Day Festival. Curated by Sarah Weaver. Indiana, April 22 2022. Improvisers: Cássia Carrascosa Bomfim (São Paulo, Brazil), Viv Corringham (New York, USA), Gloria Damjian (Vienna, Austria), Rachel Koenig Raven (Atlantic Beach, NY), Calvin Niles (London, UK), Dayana Rivera (Madrid, Spain), Biggi Vinkeloe (Sweden), Jane Wang (Boston, MA, USA).
INTIMAL App© in Al Conjuro de este Código. Encuentro de Redes Sono-Sororas Latinoamericanas. GEXLAT. April 22, 2022. Workshop organised by Silvia Villalba and Myriam Ojeda from the Intimal collective.
INTIMAL App© offered in Heh-Ring-Gon-Za workshop with the Intimal collective, with Calu, Violeta Ospina and Liliana Rodríguez, at Migration Matters Festival, Sheffield, June 18th 2022. Promotional image created by Violeta Ospina.
INTIMAL App© at Migration Matters Festival. June 18th, 2022. Photo by Liliana Rodríguez.
INTIMAL App© at Migration Matters Festival. June 18th, 2022. Photo by Liliana Rodríguez.
INTIMAL App© at at Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín – MAMM, Colombia. As part of a Deep Listening® workshop. July 14, 2022.
INTIMAL App© in “Soundings: Assemblies of Listenings and Voices across the Souths”. ADK, Berlin, Sept 2022. Photo by Amit D. Patel.
INTIMAL App© at Listening to the in-between, ArtEZ event. Students walking outside the campus in Arnhem, October 5, 2022. An event exploring Deep Listening® Extreme Slow Walk, with Sharon Stewart and Ed McKeon. Curated by Myrjam Zegers.
INTIMAL App© at Listening to the in-between, ArtEZ event. Students walking outside the campus in Arnhem, October 5, 2022. An event exploring Deep Listening® Extreme Slow Walk, with Sharon Stewart and Ed McKeon. Curated by Myrjam Zegers.
Listen to the podcasts series Listening to the in-between, ArtEZ event. Produced by Joep Christenhusz. An event exploring Deep Listening® Extreme Slow Walk, with Sharon Stewart and Ed McKeon. Curated by Myrjam Zegers.