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Sounding underground

Alarcon, Ximena (2009) Sounding underground. [Art/Design Item]

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Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Alarcon, Ximena

Sounding Underground is a virtual environment that invites users to interact with the soundscapes of three underground public transport systems: London, Paris and México City. Commuters’ memories and imaginations are represented in sounds and images that have been selected by volunteer commuters through an ethnographic process. These sounds are assembled in a sound score that acts as a multimedia user’s interface. The score contains sonic features unique to each metro, as well as some shared sonic spaces. Sounding Underground also invites you to write memories in text, produced by listening. These memories are being published randomly in the "Listening and Remembering" page. This is an interdisciplinary practice-based research nourished by an ethnographic method. Volunteer commuters in each city have recorded their journeys, selected sounds and images, and (in Paris and Mexico) participated in a networked improvisation. They have uploaded contributions, to the projects' database, nourishing the Sounding Underground virtual environment and the Networked Improvisation. Both these artworks consider the individual profound experiences and open space for the sharing of memories of commuting underground. This research was funded by The Leverhulme Trust - Early Career Fellowship 2007 - 2009, and took place in the Institute of Creative Technologies - De Montfort University.

Other Contributors:
ProgrammerChen, Tin-Kai
ProgrammerLi, Jianzhi
ProgrammerTurner, Joe
ProgrammerWillcock, Ian
Other (Logistics Mexico)Peña, Noemí
Other (Logistics Mexico)Alarcón, Adriana
Other (Logistics Mexico)Massamba, Wilfrid
Other (Logistics Paris)Cohen, Andrea
Other (Server Administrator)Houghton, David
Other Corporate or Group Contributors:
RoleOther Corporate or Group Contributors
Other (Collaborator Mexico: Project Promotion and Venue in Morelia)Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras - CMMAS
Other (Project Promotion, equipment, venues, technical support for fieldwork in Mexico)Centro Multimedia - Centro Nacional de las Artes (CENART)
Other (Project Promotion, equipment, venues, technical support for fieldwork in Paris)La Maison des Sciences de l’Homme and Plate-forme Technologique Arts Sciences
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: soundscape, listening studies, urban culture, interactive sonic environment
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Research Centres/Networks > Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP)
Date: 26 October 2009
Copyright Holders: Ximena Alarcón
Funders: The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship 2007-2009
Related Websites: http://soundingunderground.org/, http://soundingunderground.wordpress.com/, http://artes.ucp.pt/citarj/issue/view/3/showToc, http://2010.javamuseum.org/?page_id=780, http://www.sensatejournal.com/2011/03/ximena-alarcon-sounding-underground/, http://trampoline.org.uk/tracingmobility/events/event/ximena-alarcon-interactive-installation-sounding-underground
Related Websites:
Related Exhibitions: Women and Identity – Group Exhibition. Deep Listening Institute, Kingston, Java Museum NewMediaFest 2010 Cologne - Global Heritage Digital Culture, Fonoteca Nacional de Mexico, November 2010, 100 Artists/100 Dreams Preview. La Leona Arts. Deep Listening Institute, Kingston
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
INSPACE New Media Art Centre. University of Edinburgh. Sensory Worlds Conference.7 December 201110 December 2011
Haus der Kulturen der Welt : Berlin : Germany Tracing Mobilities/ Open Platform26 November 201127 November 2011
Slade Centre, London. UCL. Cities Methodologies4 May 20117 May 2011
Media Active Festival, Student Union - Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA30 March 201130 March 2011
VI Monographic Show of Media Art, Festival Internacional de la Imagen, Universidad de Caldas, Manizales-Colombia.13 April 201017 April 2010
Riders on the train, Axiom Centre for New and Experimental Media, Boston MA10 November 200919 December 2009
Material/Media: internet-based interactive sonic environment (website)
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2012 10:50
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 04:46
Item ID: 5070
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/5070

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