INTIMAL is a physical-virtual embodied system for relational listening that explores the body as interface that keeps memory of place, in the context of human migration.


INTIMAL integrates interfaces that invite people to listen to their migrations, and improvise with body movement and vocal sounds, in co-located and telematic performances (between distant locations). 

INTIMAL embraces two key aspects in the context of human migration: sense of place and sense of presence. INTIMAL is structured in three areas of development:

1. Conceptual: exploring relational listening;

2. Artistic and technological: exploring the body as an interface that keeps memory of place;

3. Community: creating a virtual territory to listen to our migrations through dreams and sound improvisation. Listen, dream, sound and heal.


It has been informed with the experiences of Colombian migrant women in Europe, the INTIMAL Community,  listening to their migratory journeys.

In its first stage, INTIMAL has created two interfaces MEMENTO and RESPIRO. MEMENTO, is a navigator of an oral archive with Colombian women’s testimonies of conflict and migration; and RESPIRO, is a sonification patch that transmits real-time breathing data across different locations.

It was tested in a Long Distance Improvisation (a telematic sonic performance) by the INTIMAL community between the cities of London, Oslo, and Barcelona.

This is an online version of the Long Distance Improvisation 

This is a fragment of the Long Distance Improvisation in each location 

INTIMAL is envisioned as a long term sustainable modular system for interfaces for relational listening that incorporate customizable tools for ‘tuning’ in our contemporary sense of place, through telematic sonic performance artistic practice. 

Funding and Collaborators

The first stage of INTIMAL was developed at the RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion, Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo. INTIMAL received the collaboration of Diaspora Women for the use of oral archives, and from the Center for Deep Listening- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, for the virtual communication platform. The following organisations supported the realisation of the INTIMAL telematic sonic improvisatory performance, where the interfaces were tested by improvisers from the INTIMAL community: Melahuset and VoxLab (Oslo), PHONOS Foundation and University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), Iklectik ArtLab and CRiSAP-University of the Arts London (London).


The INTIMAL project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska- Curie grant agreement No. 752884, and has been partially supported by the Research Council of Norway through its Centres of Excellence scheme, project number 262762

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