New Music 2011 Honorable mention

I have received an honorable mention for “Sounding Underground” in the IAWM (International Alliance of Women in Music) Search for New Music 2011 Competition.

New Genre Prize – Innovation in form or style, including improvisation, multimedia, use of non-traditional notation:

Winner: Sabrina Peña Young of Murray, KY for “Creation” for chorus, percussion and multimedia

Honorable Mentions:
Hannah Gibbs of York, England for “Tale: A Radiophonic Soundscape”
Ximena Alarcon-Diaz of Leicester, England for “Sounding Underground”, an interactive virtual environment

The full list of all winners and honorable mentions is on:

http://iawm.org/oppsComp_snm_currentWinners.htm

Congratulations to all!


Cities Methodologies 2011

Sounding Underground in exhibition at Cities Methodologies in UCL London

Sounding Underground in exhibition at Cities Methodologies in UCL London


Sounding Underground exhibition in Cities Methodologies 2011!

Inaugurated in 2009, CitiesMethodologies showcases innovative methods in urban research.

Visitors to Cities Methodologies encounter diverse methods of urban research in
juxtaposition – from archival studies to statistical analyses, practice-led art, architectural and
design work to oral history, writing, walking, performances, film-making and photography.

Cities Methodologies promotes cross- and inter-disciplinary work, and showcases recent
research on a wide range of cities.

Participants are drawn from right across UCL, as well as from De Montfort University, CUNY,
University of Edinburgh, Goldsmiths, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Humboldt
Universität Berlin, LSE, University of Manchester, National University of the Arts, Bucharest,
Queen Mary’s University of London, and the University of Westminster.

EXHIBITION AND EVENTS: 4 to 7 May 2011
Weds 4 May, 18.30 to 21.00
Thurs 5 May, 10.00 to 20.00
Friday 6 May, 10.00 to 20.00
Saturday 7 May, 10.00-13.00

Venue: Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB.
All events are free. No booking required except where stated.

Programme updates: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab/en2/index.php?page=3.0.0


Teaching in online MA University of Alberta

I had a rewarding experience teaching students from the online MA Course in New Media Narratives from the University of Alberta, Canada. Students were “reading” Sounding Underground.

“Rather than the collective memory- I was fascinated with the potential of the individual stories that I wanted to hear. Who were they, where were they going, home, work, vacation, grief, solitude – I would agree that the acoustic environment is very powerful.” (Caroline)

“The revisit of underground through this project brought back some memories: a plain cloth police officer at the exit in one of the stations in London; a group of pickpocketers in Rome; the musicians on the platforms of New York.
The use of mixed media such as sound and photos “reconnect” you with your own experience. The new forms of media allow us to deepen our experience by incorporating the sensual elements.” (Paul)

Here their complete insightful comments and questions:
http://newmedianarrativesonline.blogspot.com/2011/03/week-10-guest-lecture.html

Thanks Jess Laccetti for inviting me as a Guest Lecturer in your course!


Teaching Networked Musical Performances

I had the pleasure to teach a session about Networked Musical Performances in the Performance Technologies Module in the Masters of Creative Technologies at the Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University.

It’s very interesting how our perception changes when we are conscious of the distance of the performance space (through telematic networks) and the effects that it has for the sonic interaction. We focus more on listening, and some students were attracted by the idea of intimacy. It allows to combine multiple media and sensibilities. Beautiful experience!! Thanks to all students.

A slide show of the experience by the film maker and student Tove Noorjahaan Dalenius.


100 Artists/100 Dreams Artists Preview

Curated by Sadee Brathwaite from La Leona Arts
“100 Artists/100 Dreams is an international dream exploration project focusing on recurring, prophetic and creative dreams and featuring visual artists, performers and musicians from across the globe. ”

http://deeplistening.org/site/content/art-wall-home

I am proud of being part of this fabulous project. I hope that Sounding Underground becomes a catalyst of dreams.


JavaMuseum NewMediaFest 2010 Cologne

“Sound is a very special tool for identification. According to Ximenia Alarcón’s work it is one of the key perceptions for recollecting and giving things a meaning.”

http://2010.javamuseum.org/?p=796

featured in Java Museum and direct link


Qualitative Research in web 2.0: the next leap, Berlin 2010

I had the pleasure of attending the conference Qualitative Research 2.0: the next leap, in Berlin, organised by the Merlien Institute. With the participation of both marketing researchers and academic researchers, we reflected critically on the possibilities and social issues of conducting qualitative research using web 2.0 tools.
My paper: “From the underground to the Internet: issues of ethnography, ethics and identities”. It was welcomed as an excellent example of the use of ethnography and the internet.

A good strategy offered by the organiser Jasper Lim was to leave the conference with “take aways”, which I found very helpful and innovative. Well, here are my “take aways”:

1. Web 3.0 is envisioned as a performative space for individuals. Ethnography and art are well suited for this vision! This is a plus-plus take away for Sounding Underground!
2. Best approaches to qualitative research using web 2.0 tools were identified as hybrids, and dependent on the context and the participants (off-line and on-line).
3. There was a “Theory of Technique”: some web tools work better than others for particular objectives in a research, e.g. real time or asynchronous.
4. Identities: imagined, constructed, and real. How much social healing can be derived from this amazing research?
5. Politics: Using Social Media as political marketing, but also as a way of bringing people closer to the candidates. A new and exciting research topic. This is an important year for many countries with regards to elections: Lithuania, the UK and Colombia! Are social media, politically speaking, equally influential in developed and developing countries?

Thanks to all the participants! this was a truly nourishing conference!

The Berlin u-bhan (metro), without barriers (turnstiles, obstacles) when commuting. How much Berlin has to teach the world about breaking walls! A powerful and admirable city. Thanks Berlin!


Riders on the train – Exhibition

Sounding Underground will make its debut in the “Riders on the train” exhibition in the Axiom Gallery for Experimental and New Media in Boston, MA. London, Paris and México will encounter Boston’s commuters ‘ experience and other commuters’ experiences from the world!

“Curated by Nance Davies

“RIDERS on the TRAIN” is an interdisciplinary art exhibition exploring new relationships between artist, audience, site, and context. Drawn from an international call for submissions, these artists and writers explore ‘the private within the public’ experience of mass-transit in Sweden, Australia, South Africa, India, Switzerland, NYC, London, Madrid, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, LA, DC, Portland, and Boston. The poetics of acceleration, compression, fragmentation and sensory immersion are explored as the artists record, collaborate, and devise small scale tactical interventions – juxtaposing high with low technology. ‘Riding Artists’ sample their ‘ride’ and generate an aggregate description of the mass-transit experience through a diversity of lenses and media including video, sound art, photography, web-based interactivity, performance, installation and writing. ”

For information, visit:

http://www.axiomart.org/riders/about.html


De Paris à México

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Murals London, Paris, in México DF

By Rafael Calduro:

http://www.metro.df.gob.mx/cultura/murelmetlondres.html