PhD, Sound Migratory Artist

Academic Research, Telematic Art, Deep Listening

Ximena Alarcón (BA, MA, PhD) is a sound artist researcher interested in listening to interstices: dreams, underground public transport, and the migratory context. Her research focuses on the creation of sonic telematic performances using Deep Listening, telematic improvisation, and interfaces for relational listening.  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.

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” (Sounding Underground).

With the mentoring of Pauline Oliveros, IONE and Heloise Gold, she received a Deep Listening Certificate in 2012, to teach the Deep Listening. From 2011-2017 she worked as a Research Fellow at CRiSAP, University of the Arts London, where she developed 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, including Letters and Bridges, Migratory Dreams and Suelo Fértil [Fertile Soil]. In 2015 she launched with Cathy Lane the project ‘Sound Matters Framework’  which explored the interrogation and relational playback of Field Recordings and Speech.

She is now a Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellow 2017-2019 at RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion, Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo, developing her project INTIMAL : a novel physical-virtual "embodied system" for relational listening, integrating: body, memory, migration and telematics. INTIMAL 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. Between 2014 and 2017 she taught in the BA and MA in Sound Arts at the London College of Communication and worked as 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, and a Deep Listening facilitator in Colombia, Brazil, India, Mexico, Spain, Germany, and the UK.