PhD, Sound Migratory Artist

Academic Research, Telematic Art, Deep Listening

Ximena Alarcón is a Colombian UK-based sound artist and researcher interested in listening to interstitial spaces, such as dreams, underground transportation, and the ‘in-between’ space in the context of migration. Her practice-based research focuses on the creation of telematic sonic performances and networked environments to expand our sense of place, using field recordings and spoken word. To evoke, connect to, and share memories of sonic space her practice involves Deep Listening, telematic sonic improvisation using spoken word and everyday sonic environments, and the creation of online interfaces for relational listening that expand our sense of belonging and place. She has a PhD in Music, Technology and Innovation from De Montfort University (DMU) and received a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship 2007-2009 (IOCT- DMU), for the post-doctoral project “Linking urban soundscapes via commuters’ memories”. With the mentoring of Pauline Oliveros, IONE and Heloise Gold, she received a Deep Listening Certificate in 2012, to teach the Deep Listening practice. Since 2011 she has been a Research Fellow at CRiSAP, University of the Arts London, where she has been developing her project “Networked Migrations: listening to and performing the in-between space”, a series of telematic performances exploring, through Deep Listening migration and dislocation, in UK, Colombia, Mexico, Troy, France, Linz and Bangalore. In 2015 she launched with Cathy Lane the project ‘Sound Matters Framework’ which explores the interrogation and relational playback of Field Recordings and Speech. Ximena has been awarded with the Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship 2017-2019 to develop at the University of Oslo, the project INTIMAL: a novel physical-virtual "embodied system" for relational listening, which will interconnect, through the practice of telematic sonic performance, people's bodily motion and voice with their memories and dreams of distant locations.

Ximena has been a course leader and lecturer for the MA/MSc in Creative Technologies at the Institute of Creative Technologies (2010 and 2013), and has taught in various courses of Arts, Humanities and Design at De Montfort University, and the Universidad Externado de Colombia. She currently teaches at the BA and MA in Sound Arts at the London College of Communication and is a tutor for the Deep Listening Training Program at the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has been a guest lecturer in North American Universities. She offers Deep Listening workshops, and Suelo Fértil [Fertile Soil] workshops focusing on migration, gender, identity and belonging.