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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 Relational Listening (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; and a telematic creation space for migrant women.

She has received prestigious research awards such as The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (2007-2009), and the Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship (2017-2019), and Honorary artistic mentions such as New Genre Prize for "Sounding Underground", at the International Association of Women in Music (IAWM) search for New Music Competition, USA, 2011; the Pamela Z innovation award at NIME Conference 2019, for "INTIMAL, Walking to sense place, Breathing to feel presence" research paper and project.  Other artistic awards are Award for Circulation of Artists, by the Ministry of Culture, Colombia. 2017, for the project "Deep Listening: rituals for the Colombian post-conflict.", and the Honorary Mention for ‘Sounding Underground’, International Festival of the Image, Manizales, Colombia, 2010.

My Chronology

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.  

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