INTIMAL: Interfaces for Relational Listening – Body, Memory, Migration, Telematics (completed)
INTIMAL explores the body as an “interface” for keeping and transforming the memory of place in migratory contexts. The aim is to develop and explore a physical-virtual “embodied system” for relational listening.
About the project
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.
Taking as a case study the experience of Colombian migrant women in three cities of Europe: Oslo, London and Barcelona, INTIMAL will be informed by their listening experiences and tested as a catalyst in a process of healing and reconciliation within the context of Colombian post-conflict and peace building.
The research objectives are:
- To create an interactive retrieval system of oral archives, which combines semantic and prosodic forms, to facilitate the creative and relational listening to memories of place and conflict;
- To explore women's multivocal experience as it creates connections with the body and the feelings of loss associated with place and conflict;
- To develop interaction possibilities in the physical-virtual space as "dream space-networked state", that facilitates agency through improvisatory actions between performers, transforming narratives of the self, and the others, as expanded embodied vocal expressions.
The INTIMAL project culminated in a long-distance performance between Oslo, Barcelona and London in May 2019.
01.09.2017 - 31.08.2019
- Commission of Truth, memory and reconciliation of Colombian Women in Diaspora
- CRiSAP, Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice, LCC, University of the Arts London
- Fundació Phonos Cultura i Tecnologia Musical, University Pompeu Fabra
- IKLECTIK Art Lab, London
- The Center for Deep Listening, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Alarcón, Ximena (2020) Telematic Sonic Performance. Internet article for The Sampler.
- Alarcon Diaz, Ximena and Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2019). “Ellos no están entendiendo nada” [“They are not understanding anything”]: embodied remembering as complex narrative in a Telematic Sonic Improvisation. BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of RE:SOUND 2019
- Alarcon Diaz, Ximena, Paul Boddie, Cagri Erdem, Eigil Aandahl, Elias Sukken Andersen, Eirik Dahl, Mari Lesteberg, and Alexander Refsum Jensenius. “Sensing Place and Presence in an INTIMAL Long-Distance Improvisation.” Journal of Network Music and Arts 1, 1 (2019). https://commons.library.stonybrook.edu/jonma/
- Alarcón Diaz, Ximena; Lopez Bojórquez, Lucia Nikolaia; Lartillot, Olivier & Flamtermesky, Helga (2019). From collecting an archive to artistic practice in the INTIMAL project: lessons learned from listening to a Colombian migrant women’s oral history archive. Acervo. Revista do Arquivo Nacional. ISSN 0102-700X. 32(3), 48- 63
- Alarcón Díaz, Ximena; Gonzalez Sanchez, Victor Evaristo; Erdem, Cagri. (2019). “INTIMAL: Walking to find place, breathing to feel presence”. Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2019
- Alarcón Díaz, Ximena (2019). “Conceptual design for INTIMAL: a physical/virtual embodied system for Relational Listening”. Somaesthetics and Technology. Journal of Somaesthetics Vol 4 No 2, March 2019