Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) is a research centre of the University of the Arts London dedicated to the exploration of the rich complexities of sound as an artistic practice.


Our main aim is to extend the development of the emerging disciplinary field of sound arts and to encourage the broadening and deepening of the discursive context in which sound arts is practised.

Research Feature: How to DO(O) Things with Sounds: A Performative (Re)User Manual

Contemporary theorising within the field of sound art practice emphasises the pursuit and function of listening as a central tenet in forming understanding and content. This research goes some way to re-balance this bias by shifting the weight of significance from listening to sounding and its practices. In its vernacular understanding, listening is commonly attributed to the human subject, whereas the potential to sound is shared by both the animate and the inanimate. It is with this in mind that I posit a doing of sound, whether anthropomorphically generated or not, as being crucial in thinking in, through and with sound.
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Member Profile: Ximena Alarcón

Ximena Alarcón is an artist who engages in listening to migratory spaces, connecting this to individual and collective memories. Her practice involves deep listening, sonic improvisation, and the creation of online environments to expand our sense of belonging and place. She is interested in creating telematic performances, derived from listening in interstitial spaces, such as dreams, underground transportation, and the ‘in-between’ space in the context of migration. 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’. She was awarded with a Deep Listening Certificate in 2012, and is currently a mentor for the Deep Listening Training Program, led by the Center for Deep Listening, at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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News: Call for Contributions: In The Field 2

Dates: 5 and 6 July 2024 Venue: In person at London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6SB and online Deadline for proposals:  6 February 2024 Notification of acceptance:  15 March 2024 In 2024 we will revisit In The Field, over a decade since the first significant gathering of artists and researchers in 2013, to ask how has and how might the practice of field recording responded in these times?
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