Publication in Sensate Journal

Sensate Journal

Sounding Underground in Sensate Journal

I am proud of announcing my publication on a very innovative Journal “Sensate, A Journal for Experiments in Critical Media Practice”. The Journal has been incubated in The Sensory Ethnography Lab and metaLAB (at) Harvard spaces.

“Sensate is an online, media-based journal for the creation, presentation, and critique of innovative projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Our aim is to build on the current groundswell of pioneering activities in the digital humanities, scholarly publishing, and innovative media practice to integrate new modes of scholarship into the cognitive life of the academy and beyond.”

The journal:
http://sensatejournal.com

My article-piece called: “Sounding Underground: listening, performing and transforming the commuting experience”
http://www.sensatejournal.com/2011/03/ximena-alarcon-sounding-underground/

Sensate is built in Zeega platform, and it’s optimized for Safari or Google Chrome browsers. It works well in Firefox too.

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Mexico and New Orleans – Listening practice & Cross-disciplines

I had the great experience of giving a talk in the festival Visiones Sonoras organised by the CMMAS in Morelia – México. Sounding Underground makes connections between people and their current or lost acoustic environments. Interesting questions about its performative function, and the possibilities of the networks are still in my mind. I enjoyed the emphasis placed on the instruments and objects in all the pieces of the Electroacoustic Concert 5 , it connects me more with the performance.
IV Encuentro Iberoamericano de Paisaje Sonoro
One day later, I presented a paper about Sounding Underground in the IV Encuentro Iberoamericano de Paisaje Sonoro organised by the Fonoteca Nacional in Mexico City. A very diverse and interesting cross-disciplinary and cross-arts reflection about “Paisaje Sonoro” (Soundscape). Excellent speakers and attendants, a learning experience about listening and creating: Whales, Flamencos, Veracruz, San Juan Potosí, Islas Resonantes, Bells (Chile and Mexico), Cartography Mobile experiences, Water, an Electroacoustic concert in 10.0 and lessons about Silence.

Last but not least, I attended to the American Anthropological Association AAA Conference in New Orleans, as speaker in the Session: “Perception, production and circulation: Sensory Ethnography through media” organised by Julia Yezbick and Aryo Danusiri from Harvard University. Sensory Ethnography is a new field where Sounding Underground experience fits very well, and gets nourishment from Anthropology.

Thanks to all the organisers and great people that I met through all these three wonderful events.


Visit to VKS – Virtual Knowledge Studio

I just discovered this post by Anne Beaulieu as regards my visit to VKS Virtual Knowledge Studio, in Amsterdam, in November 5th, 2007. I am very grateful for her words, support and invitation and the way that she is perceiving my work. Thanks to all the VKS team for inviting me for a second time to share research findings.

I highlight here some of her words, (but is worth to read the whole post and the comments), which help me to reflect again on my work:

“Personally, I was again quite intrigued by the Ximena’s approach to fieldwork and to her installation (she had presented a small part of her project at the VE workshop last year). Her project to understand and represent experience are not based on brute force (obtaining thousands of sound samples) nor on appeals to authenticity of her observation as the all-knowing fieldworker. Rather, her way of working is highly iterative: gathering material in the company of respondents, talking to them at length, going back to them with the material gathered, reworking it, gathering once again the respondent’s reactions to the transformed material, making it part of her installation. All this work constructs a very rich version of experience that requires a lasting, growing research relationship, and one that draws beautifully on the reflexive potential of respondents. “