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 technological interfaces that invite people to listen to their migrations and to improvise with body movement, voice and words, in networked and telematic performances  (between distant locations). In the first stage, INTIMAL prototyped and developed three modules: MEMENTO, RESPIRO and TRANSMISSION.

INTIMAL proposes  relational listening to interrelate fragments of memories left by our migrations, and understand that we, as migrants, are whole and multidimensional. Relational Listening explores two key aspects in the context of human migration: sense of place and sense of presence.

INTIMAL offers a virtual territory for migrant women where we listen to our migrations through unconscious dreams and improvisation of body movement, voice and other sounds. We listen, dream, sound and heal.

First Stage (2017-2019)

In the European context of migration and diasporas, and at the intersection of sound art, music cognition, psychology and human-computer interaction, this project developed the first phase of INTIMAL.

Taking as a case study the experience of Colombian migrant women in three cities of Europe: Oslo, London and Barcelona, INTIMAL has been informed by their listening experiences to their “migratory journeys”, and to an oral archive, collected by the organisation Diaspora Women. The system was developed to integrate the body movements of performers (and their voices) with the oral archive.

INTIMAL system was tested in a Long-Distance Improvisation (telematic sonic performance) as a catalyst in a process of healing and reconciliation within the context of Colombian post-conflict and peace building.

INTIMAL: Interfaces for Relational Listening – Body, Memory, Migration, Telematics, 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.

Financing and Support

Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship, awarded to Dr. Ximena Alarcón, by the European Commission. Horizon2020.

INTIMAL was developed at the University of Oslo (UiO). The project was supported and mentored by UiO’s Alexander Refsum Jensenius , the fourMs – Music, Mind, Motion, Machinesinterfaculty research group, RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion, CRiSAP’S Cathy LaneTrond Lossius, and Kristin Norderval from the Deep Listening community.

The project counted on the support from:

Diaspora Women

CRiSAP (Creative Research into Sound Art Practice), LCC, UAL

Fundació PHONOS, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

IKLECTIK Art Lab, London

VoxLab, Oslo

The Center for Deep Listening, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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