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Bio (Lee abajo en español)

Ximena Alarcón (PhD) is a sound artist and academic researcher interested in listening to in-between sonic spaces and how they are manifested in dreams, underground public transport and the migratory context. Her research focuses on creating telematic improvisations using Deep Listening®, and interfaces for relational listening. Her most recognized works are the interactive sound space Sounding Underground (IOCT-DMU, The Leverhulme Trust Fellowship 2007-2009), the series of telematic sound performances Networked Migrations (CRiSAP - UAL, 2011-2017), and INTIMAL: Interfaces for Listening Relational (RITMO-UiO, 2017-2019, Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship). Ximena is a certified Deep Listening tutor and has taught the practice in Colombia, India, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Brazil and the UK. She is currently a tutor in the online Deep Listening certification program offered by the Center for Deep Listening (RPI), and works independently in the second phase of the INTIMAL project that involves: an "embodied" physical-virtual system for relational listening in telematic sonic performance; a virtual territory of Latin American migrant women in Europe; and a telematic creation laboratory for the women who inhabit the INTIMAL territory.

Biografía en español

Ximena Alarcón (PhD) es una artista sonora e investigadora académica interesada en escuchar espacios intermedios sonoros y cómo se manifiestan en los sueños, el transporte público subterráneo y el contexto migratorio. Su investigación se centra en la creación de improvisaciones telemáticas utilizando Deep Listening®, e interfaces para la escucha relacional. Sus trabajos más reconocidos son el espacio interactivo sonoro  Sounding Underground (IOCT-DMU, The Leverhulme Trust Fellowship 2007-2009), la serie de telematic sound performances Networked Migrations (CRiSAP – UAL, 2011-2017), e INTIMAL: Interfaces para la Escucha Relacional (RITMO-UiO, 2017-2019, Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship).  Ximena es tutora certificada de Deep Listening y ha enseñado la práctica en Colombia, India, España, Alemania, México, Brasil y el Reino Unido. Actualmente es tutora en el programa de certificación Deep Listening en linea ofrecido por el Centre for Deep Listening (RPI), y trabaja de manera independiente la segunda fase del proyecto INTIMAL que involucra: un sistema “incorporado” físico-virtual para performance telemático sonoro; un territorio de mujeres migrantes Latinoamericanas en Europa; y un laboratorio de creación telemática para las mujeres que habitan el territorio INTIMAL.



I have a PhD in Music, Innovation and Technology (2007), and a Deep Listening® Certificate for Teaching (2012). I have received the prestigious postdoctoral awards: The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship 2007-2009 (IOCT Institute-DMU), and the Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship 2017-2019 (RITMO Centre-UiO).


From 2007 to 2009 I worked as Research Fellow in the Institute of Creative Technologies - IOCT, at DMU, and developed the online environment Sounding Underground. In the IOCT, I acted as a Programme Leader for the MA/MSc in Creative Technologies in 2010 and 2013.


From 2011 to 2017 I worked as Research Fellow at CRiSAP - Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice, at the University of the Arts London, and developed Networked Migrations, Sound Matters Framework, and Listening to Curricula research projects.


From 2015 to 2017, I taught the online certification course in Deep Listening awarded by the Centre of Deep Listening (RPI).

From 2017 to 2019 and thanks to the Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship I trained in Embodied Music Cognition methods, at RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion, Department of Musicology, at the University of Oslo. There, I developed INTIMAL: Interfaces for Relational Listening. Body, Memory, Migration and Telematics.


After the fellowship, I continue the development of this wide and rich project which is structured in: conceptual, art/technology, and community developments.

Currently I work as a Senior tutor for the online certification in Deep Listening® offered by the Center for Deep Listening (CDL) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Since March 2020 I am a resident at The Studio, at the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries, in Bath Spa University, developing further the project INTIMAL.  

Artistic Awards

I have received an Award for Circulation of Artists, by the Ministry of Culture, Colombia. 2017, for the project "Deep Listening: rituals for the Colombian post-conflict."  

I have also received the following honorary mentions:

  • Pamela Z Innovation Award. For “INTIMAL: Walking to Sense Place; Breathing to Feel Presence” NIME 2019 Conference;

  • New Genre Prize for ‘Sounding Underground’, International Association of Women in Music (IAWM) search for New Music Competition, USA, 2011;

  • Honorary Mention for ‘Sounding Underground’, International Festival of the Image, Manizales, Colombia, 2010.