This blog features my work as a creative practitioner exploring urban spaces and migration, through Deep Listening, sound improvisation and networking technologies. These workshops, performances and derived research, are inspired by Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening practice, which includes IONE’s dream work, and Heloise Gold’s Deep Listening body experience. Here I include the projects that I have led, and other collaborations that have emerged. I am open for facilitating further explorations in Deep Listening by individuals and groups in different contexts.
WHAT IS DEEP LISTENING
Deep Listening® is a practice created by Pauline Oliveros that is informed by expanding the range of audible forms beyond ordinary sound perceptions in daily life. The practice of Deep Listening is intended to heighten awareness of sound, silence and sounding. Deep Listening Practice is informed by forty years experience and is crafted for an immersive experience. Sound in its many manifestations: from cells to voice, from nature to urban environment, from dreams and memories, creates a wonderful territory to explore our sense of being in the world and our perception of many other possible worlds. The Deep Listening workshop invites you to experience Deep Listening practice through a process of inner and outer listening, listening to the body and to your dreams, and exploring connectivity with others and with the world. Through energy exercises, listening meditation, journaling on listening, improvisation and performance of Sonic Meditations and Deep Listening Pieces, you will be guided to experience global and focal listening, noticing your body and bringing your dreams to consciousness, to expand your awareness of sound as it travels in time and space, encountering many possible audible forms beyond ordinary sound perceptions in daily life. I have been studying the practice since 2008, and in 2012 became a Deep Listening Certificate holder. I am based in Bath, UK.
Deep Listening Workshops, are part of the outreach by Deep Listening Institute, of Pauline Oliveros’ practice and philosophy.
I have taught Deep Listening practice in CRiSAP (LCC), Coventry University, UAL Performance Research Network, Lancaster Arts Centre, ArtsAdmin and Scotland Sculpture Workshop. Also I have taught Deep Listening practice in Bogotá and Medellín (Colombia), Barcelona and Madrid (Spain), Bangalore (India), Oslo (Norway), Berlin (Germany).
I have included Deep Listening as part of workshops that I have designed such as Listening to Intangible Cities in Mexico, Brazil and Spain, the Migratory Band, and in collaboration with others such as Contemplatech, and Habitando Suelo Fértil. I have facilitated Deep Listening for Brett Bloom’s project Breakdown Break Down building a culture of survival for a post-oil world, and in the creative research project Chronica Mobilis by Vanessa Santos.
I am Ximena Alarcón, a UK-based artist who engages in listening to migratory spaces and connecting this to individual and collective memories. I am interested in creating sound art works, using networked technologies, derived from listening experiences in interstitial spaces where borders become diffused, such as underground transport systems, dreams, and the ‘in-between’ space in the context of migration. My practice involves ethnography, deep listening practice, and sonic improvisation, and my tools include networking technologies and multimedia interfaces. With all of these I bring to light the sonic spaces that lie in-between departures and destinations, searching for a holistic way of being in the world.
I have a BA in Social Communication (Universidad Externado de Colombia), an MA in Communication and Education (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona), and a PhD in Music, Technology and Innovation, from De Montfort University. I am Deep Listening Certified Trainer by the Deep Listening Institute, Troy (NY).
I am also Elemental Chi Kung Certified Teacher, by the College of Elemental Chi Kung, London.
Currently I work as a Senior Tutor at the Center for Deep Listening, at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, for the online certificate programme of Deep Listening.
Personal website: http://ximenaalarcon.net