Ximena Alarcón Diaz
Ximena Alarcón (BA, MA, PhD) is a sound artist researcher interested in listening to interstitial spaces, such as dreams, underground transportation, and the ‘in-between’ space in the context of migration. Her work focuses on the creation of telematic sonic performances and networked environments to expand our sense of place, using field recordings and spoken word. She studied a BA in Social Communication, at the Universidad Externado de Colombia, and then an MA in Communication and Education at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. At the time of studying her Masters she encountered new media and sound art, and studied with the Quinzena d’Art de Montesquiu’s international artists. She understood how important art practice and all the involved sensorial aspects are to offer insights to conceptual understandings, expanding further her knowledge. She has a PhD in Music, Technology and Innovation from De Montfort University (DMU) and received a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship 2007-2009 (Institute of Creative Technologies- DMU) to conduct her project Sounding Underground. She studied the practice of Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros, IONE and Heloise Gold, and became a Deep Listening Certified Tutor in 2012. She has incorporated this unique practice into her art-research methods. From 2011 to 2017 she was a Research Fellow at the Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice - CRiSAP, at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, where she developed her projects Networked Migrations and Sound Matters Framework.
She has been awarded with the Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship 2017-2019, to develop at the University of Oslo her project INTIMAL: a novel physical-virtual "embodied system" for relational listening, integrating: body, memory, migration and telematics. As a case study, nine Colombian migrant women in Europe will test INTIMAL in their listening experiences as a catalyst for healing and reconciliation within the context of Colombian post-conflict and peace building.
Higher Education Degrees
PhD in Music, Technology and Innovation, De Montfort University. January, 2007
MA Communication and Education, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. December, 1998
BA Social Communication, Universidad Externado de Colombia. December, 1992
Embodied practices certifications
Deep Listening Teaching Certificate. Deep Listening Institute, Kingston NY. April, 2012
Elemental Chi Kung Teacher Certificate. College of Elemental Chi Kung, London. October 2014
- Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship 2017-2019
- The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship 2007-2009
- Honorable Mention for New Genre Prize for ‘Sounding Underground’ 2011 International Association of Women in Music (IAWM) search for New Music Competition. Innovation in form or style, including improvisation, multimedia, use of non-traditional notation.
- 2011-2017: Research Fellow CRiSAP, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.
- 2015-2017: Deep Listening Tutor Online Certification programme, Centre for Deep Listening, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- 2013-2014: Lecturer, Programme Leader for Masters in Creative Technologies, IOCT, De Montfort University
- 2010-2011: Research Fellow, Programme Leader for Masters in Creative Technologies, IOCT, De Montfort University
- 2009-2010: Research Fellow IOCT, De Montfort University
- 2007-2009: Research Fellow Leverhulme Trust, IOCT, De Montfort University
- 2012-2017: Associate Lecturer in Sound Arts, BA/MA Sound Arts, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
- 2013; 2014: Associate Lecturer in Deep Listening, BA Music Composition, University of Coventry
- 1999-2001: Lecturer in Multimedia, BA Social Communication, Universidad Externado de Colombia
Alarcon, Ximena (2016). "Sonic Migrations: Listening in-between, sensing place" , in Environmental Sound Artists. In their Own Words. Edited by Frederick Bianchi and V.J. Manzo. Published by Oxford University Press: New York
Alarcon, Ximena (2015). "Telematic Embodiments: improvising via Internet in the context of migration" (including two sound files from 'Migratory Dreams' telematic performance), in Vs. Interpretation: An Anthology on Improvisation Vol.1, Edited by David Rothenberg, published by Agosto Foundation: Prague, June 2015
Alarcón, Ximena (2007). “An Interactive Environment derived from commutersʼ memories of the soundscape: a case study of the London Underground.” PhD Thesis. De Montfort University: Leicester. (2007)
Peer Reviewed papers
Alarcon, Ximena (2017) Bajo la tierra: escucha porosa de modernidad en el metro de México. Revista de Arte Sonoro y Cultura Aural (3). pp. 33-39.
Alarcón, Ximena (2017). "A taxonomy for Listening and Performing ‘in-between’ migratory spaces using mobile apps" , in WI Journal of Mobile Media, "Mobile Making" Issue, 2017: VOL. 11 NO. 1. Edited by Samuel Thulin. Published by Mobile Digital Commons Network (MDCN) in the Mobile Media Lab: Montreal & Toronto.
Alarcón, Ximena (2017). "Suelo Fértil: a telematic platform for migrant women [Audio-Essay]". Presented in the Panel "Cultures and Listening" in "FOOT2017, an inner ear of performance" Festival. Toronto - Canada. February 5th, 2017.
Alarcón, Ximena (2016). "Tuning the Interface for Relational Listening" , in Proceedings International Conference in Live Interfaces 2016. Edited by Thor Magnusson, Chris Kiefer, and Sam Duffy. Published by Emute Lab, University of Sussex & REFRAME: Brighton
Alarcon, Ximena (2014). "Networked Migrations: listening to and performing the in-between space”, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies Vol. 10, No. 1, May 2014
Alarcon, Ximena (2013). “Creating Sounding Underground”, in Digital Creativity Journal Vol. 24, No. 3, 01 Sep 2013. Pages: 252-258 DOI: 10.1080/14626268.2013.813380
Alarcon, Ximena (2011). "Listening and Remembering: Networked off-line improvisation for four commuters" in CITAR Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts, Revista de Ciência e Tecnologias das Artes. Issue 3, Autumn 2011. Portuguese Catholic University:Porto
Alarcón, Ximena (2011).“Sounding Underground: listening, performing and transforming the commuting experience” in Sensate Journal: A Journal for Experiments in Critical Media Practice [on-line publication] The Sensory Ethnography Lab and metaLAB (at) Harvard. (2011).
Alarcon, Ximena (2011). "Creating an Interactive Sonic Environment", in Journal of the IAWM International Alliance for Women in Music. Volume 17 No 2. Cheetah Graphics: Sevierville, TN
Alarcón, Ximena, Askaroff Kira, Candy Linda, Edmonds Ernest, Faram Jane, and Hobson Gill, (2014) “Evaluation in Public Art: The Light Logic Exhibition” in Interactive Experience in the Digital Age Candy, Linda; Ferguson, Sam (Eds.), Springer Series in Cultural Computing ISBN - 978-3-319-04509-2
Alarcón, Ximena & Amado Inês (2013) "A virtual conversation between two artists" in Only Connect ... Discovery pathways, library explorations, and the information adventure. Walsh, Andrew and Coonan, Emma (Eds). Innovative Libraries, Huddersfield. ISBN 978-0-9576652-0-0
Alarcón, Ximena (2017) "Secreto a Voces [An Open Secret]" in Still Listening, Pauline Oliveros McGill University.
Alarcón, Ximena (2011) “Roots” Text score in Deep Listening Anthology, Deep Listening Publications, Vol 2