performingbordersRadio x Montez Press Radio | Ximena Alarcón-Díaz

performingbordersRADIO Episode 1
Original broadcasting date:
26 January 2023
Edited by: Olive Mondegreen

performingborder’s first radio show of 2023! For the next few months we’ll be exploring the entanglement between Live Art and notions and lived experiences of intersectional and transnational borders, bi-monthly on Montez Press Radio. We are taking to the radio to share our collaborative, sound-based performance work created with and by artists in our network. We hope you enjoy it. 

We open this series with three listening rituals by Ximena Alarcón-Díaz: THREE LISTENING RITUALS IN SONIC MIGRATIONS | TRES RITUALES DE ESCUCHA EN MIGRACIONES SÓNICAS, which were originally commissioned for performingborders’ annual e-Journal #2: Rallying the Commons, published 14th December 2022. The pieces are offered as a trilogy of rituals to connect your body to the dream world, to childhood memories of curiosity about nature, and to other beings that are more than human. Through the rituals we hope to explore sonic migration, deep listening, and strengthen our individual and collective sense of agency.

In this re-release of the rituals, we tell you more about this new radio series and hear more from Ximena about the rituals and her practice after the creation of the work. 

The rituals mix Spanish and English but welcome listeners in all languages. There are transcriptions freely available in the e-journal, through which you can also revisit the rituals.

Access the transcriptions on our e-journal HERE.

Ximena Alarcón-Díaz is a sound artist-researcher interested in listening and sounding our sonic migrations: the resonances of geographical migrations. She is a Deep Listening® certified tutor, with a PhD in Music Technology and Innovation. Throughout her career, she has created telematic sonic improvisations and interfaces for relational listening, to understand sensorially migratory experiences. Her major works are Sounding Underground (IOCT-DMU, Leverhulme Trust, 2007-2009), the telematic sound performances’ series Networked Migrations (CRiSAP-UAL, 2011-2017), and INTIMAL: Interfaces for Relational Listening (RITMO-UiO, Marie Skłodowska Curie IF, 2017-2019). In Bath, with The Studio Recovery Fund 2021, she created the INTIMAL App© for people to explore their “migratory journeys”. Emerging from her INTIMAL project, Ximena leads a collective of Latin American migrant women – Intimal – who come together to listen to their migrations and expand their notions of femininity, territory and care. She teaches Deep Listening® at the Center for Deep Listening, and independently, with an emphasis on Sonic Migrations.