This documentary summarises the first stage of development of the art-research project INTIMAL led by Dr. Ximena Alarcón, former CRiSAP Research Fellow, at the University of Oslo’s RITMO Research Centre, between 2017-2019, thanks to a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship she was awarded.
The project was supported and mentored by UiO’s Alexander Refsum Jensenius and the fourMs - Music, Mind, Motion, Machines interfaculty research group, CRiSAP’s Cathy Lane, BEK’s Trond Lossius, and Kristin Norderval from the Deep Listening community.
'The project invites people to listen to their migrations, in order to expand their sense of place and sense of presence. In its first stage, Ximena proposes two questions: 1) how the body becomes an interface that keeps memory of place, and 2) how to improvise and transmit the experience of an embodied migratory sonic journey using non-screen based interfaces. As a case study, she involved Colombian women who have migrated to European countries, in the exploration of their migratory journeys, via listening, improvised voice and body movement, in co-located and telematic settings. She used Deep Listening practice and Embodied Music Cognition methods to develop the INTIMAL System: a physical-virtual “embodied” system for Relational Listening, to be used in telematic sonic performance, in the context of human migration.'