Dr. Ximena Alarcón
Research Fellow at Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP), London College of Communication, UAL
Ximena Alarcón is an artist interested in listening to interstitial spaces, such as dreams, underground transportation, and the ‘in-between’ space in the context of migration. To evoke, connect to, and share memories of sonic space her practice involves Deep Listening, telematic sonic improvisation using spoken word and everyday sonic environments, and the creation of online interfaces for relational listening that expand our sense of belonging and place. She completed a PhD in Music, Technology and Innovation, from De Montfort University, and received a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship 2007-2009, which led to the creation of the online environment ‘Sounding Underground' which links listening experiences of commuting in London, Mexico and Paris metros. She gained a Deep Listening Certificate in 2012, and is currently a tutor for the Deep Listening Training Program at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Since 2011 she has been Research Fellow at Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP), London College of Communication, where she develops ‘Networked Migrations’ project exploring the in-between sonic space in migratory contexts through telematic performances. Last year she launched with Cathy Lane the project ‘Sound Matters Framework’ which explores the interrogation and relational playback of Field Recordings and Speech. Now Ximena is focusing on the creation of Interfaces for Relational Listening.