Ximena Alarcón-Díaz, PhD
Sonic Migrations Artist - Researcher
Interfaces for Relational Listening (INTIMAL), Deep Listening®, Telematic Sonic Performance
TELEMATIC SONIC PERFORMANCES
My work with Telematic Sonic Performances (2012 - present) has explored the ‘in-between’ sonic space that exists within the context of migration, through Deep Listening practice and improvisatory performances on the Internet, in order to expand the perceived sonic spaces that inform the migratory experience. I have consolidated this work through INTIMAL exploring alternative forms of embodied sense of place and sense of presence (tele-presence) in contexts of geographic dislocation. With my latest performance VERTICES, each improviser explores and creates her/his own interface to communicate with others in dream like narratives, expanding it through the virtual platform.
Sounding Underground is a virtual environment that invites users to interact with the soundscapes of three underground public transport systems: London, Paris and México City. Commuters’ memories and imaginations are represented in sounds and images that have been selected by volunteer commuters through an ethnographic process.
I received funding from The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship 2007-2009, and the support of the Institute of Creative Technologies - IOCT, at De Montfort University for the research that gave birth to this work.
See a sample of Sounding Underground
Listen to the recently published bilingüal (Spanish-English) sound-work "Three Listening Rituals in Sonic Migrations" in Rallying the Commons. E-Journal 2 by performingborders
These scores invite you to listen to sonic migrations: the resonances left in between the borders we cross when we tune in and meet others across distant locations. The pieces are offered as a trilogy of rituals to connect your body to the dream world, to childhood memories of curiosity about nature, and to other beings that are more than human. I am transmitting the rituals as bilingual sound pieces using my native and my second language, listening to how my own migration informs my changing vocal identities.
Listen to my recent work, of two podcasts (Episodes 2 and 3), a commission by Sintesis Lab, Bogotá, Colombia, to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogotá.
El Podcast 2 "La música me toca" , me pregunto cómo la música toca cuerpos. Realizo un ritual de escucha profunda y de improvisación sonora entre tres músicos del ensemble de música contemporánea Bortex, y tres personas de la audiencia; en la sutil interacción emergen en retorno nuevas músicas.
El episodio 3 fue resultado de una colaboración con la artista Julia Nanda Bejarano García, una conversación/intervención vocal sobre la escucha de las resonancias al acabar el concierto Conmemoración del Acuerdo de Paz en el Auditorio Fabio Lozano, en Bogotá, el 25/11/ 2022.
Listen to my other experimental sound work