Ximena Alarcón

Ximena Alarcón is a London-based Colombian artist and academic researcher. Her practice-based research focuses on the creation of telematic sonic performances and networked environments to expand our sense of place, using field recordings and spoken word in urban and migratory contexts. She is 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.

After having studied with Pauline Oliveros, IONE and Heloise Gold, she received her Deep Listening Certification in 2012 by the Deep Listening Institute (Troy, NY). Also she has an Elemental Chi Kung Certification (2014) by College of Elemental Chi Kung (London), and continues deepening on both practices.  Ximena is a Research Fellow at CRiSAP, where she investigates the in-between sonic space in the context of migration, using telematic performance. She has taught Deep Listening practice at CRiSAP- London College of Communication, Coventry University, Scotland Sculpture Workshop, ArtsAdmin, Lancaster Arts, and in international spaces in Mexico, Brazil, Spain, India and Colombia.

Ximena has been awarded with the Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship, and in September 2017 will join the Department of Music at the University of Oslo to develop the project INTIMAL: Interfaces for Relational Listening: Body, Migration, Memory, Telematics.

Inês Rolo Amado

Born in Leiria, Portugal, Inês holds a Deep Listening Certificate and is a London based artist, curator, academic and researcher. Her work spans several media: sculpture, sound, video, site-specific installation, and performance with a particular interest in interdisciplinary, collaboration and participatory projects through a process of listening and dreaming; establishing connectivity, interaction and exchange. Amado’s main area of research focuses aspects of migration, dislocation and diaspora. Her most recent work emphasises the exile, displacement, temporality, change and transformation, including the investigation of spaces of transit and of transition invoked by memory and storytelling that reveal cross cultural semiotic aspects as well as historical legacies. River Flows a major exhibition in Museum of Moving Image in Leiria Portugal in 2015/2016, focussed these aspects. In 2014 she co-organized, co-curated and participated in the IV BreadMatters – Crossing Boundaries Intersecting The Grain in ARtos Nicosia, Cyprus. BreadMatters is a research program composed of exhibition, debate and workshops that question and focus on socio-cultural, historical, sustainable and geopolitical issues and which, brings together artists, musicians, historians, poets, writers, art critics and the public in an inclusive Cultural Program.

Ron Herrema

Ron Herrema is a composer and digital media artist. In 2008 he began his study of Deep Listening practice with Pauline Oliveros and completed his Deep Listening Certificate in 2016. He has been especially interested in integrating contemplative practices with technology through creativity. In recent years he has: developed two iPhone app/artworks; co-produced the winning entry at The Tate Modern’s art hackathon; performed audiovisual free improv; composed for film; and created an interactive installation for the Tate Britain.

He composes both acoustic and electroacoustic music, as well as both still and moving image. He has a particular (but not exclusive) affinity for algorithmic techniques in both realms. Currently residing in London, England, he is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan and received his PhD in composition from Michigan State University. He worked as a full-time lecturer at Northeastern University from 2001-2004 and at De Montfort University from 2004-2011. At present he teaches Creative Computing at both Bath Spa University and Falmouth University. Above all, he looks for ways to flow musically and artistically into, with, and through the world.