Maria Papadomanolaki is a Greek sound practitioner and researcher currently based in London. Papadomanolaki has studied linguistics and literature at the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki before moving on to sound art and sound studies, having completed a PhD on the topic ‘Sonic Perceptual Ecologies’ at CRISAP, LCC, UAL. Her work and research focus on the role of sound in the way we engage with our environments, with memory, placemaking and perception. Special importance is placed on the synergy of atmosphere, voice, text, live audio transmission, soundwalking and the environment.
Her work aims to create compelling experiences that can inspire and unlock our inherent abilities to experience through sound and to operate beyond established sensory hierarchies and protocols. This is often achieved through working in site specific, collaborative and community contexts. Her curatorial work for Soundcamp/Reveil and her series of site specific performances entitled ‘A certain geography’ have been characterised by audience members as ‘original’, ‘extraordinary’ and ‘transformative’. Similarly, through her sound design for dance and film and her electronic music performances and releases, Maria is using sound as a means to create connections across spaces, memories, bodies, senses and realities, to pose questions and to prompt interactions.
She has researched and co-edited the books ‘sounds remote’ (Soundcamp/Uniformbooks 2016), ‘Transmission Arts: Artists & Airwaves” (PAJ Publications, 2011) and has contributed a chapter to the book ‘Radio Content in the Digital Age’ (Intellect Books, 2011). Her research and writing have also been published on Leonardo (2017), Performance Research (2016) as well as on print and online music resources including Velvet Magazine (Gr), ATHENSVOICE (GR), fluid-radio(UK), Sonic Field (CO), and Artcards Review NY (US).
Papadomanolaki has presented her work and research at galleries, conferences and festivals in Europe, UK and the US with highlights being IMT Gallery (London, 2008), Ontological-Hysteric Theater (NY, 2009), Cabinet Magazine (NY, 2010), Issue Project Room (NY, 2012), Decibel Festival (Seattle, WA, 2012), The British Library (London, 2013), Athens Biennale AGORA (Athens, 2013), Parasol Unit (London, 2014), Music Tech Fest (2014, London), Apiary Studios (London, 2014), ISEA 2015 (Vancouver, 2015), Mobile Audio Fest (Aix-en-Provence, 2015), Mois Multi (Quebec City, 2016) , Sound Acts (Athens, 2016), CMMR Festival (Sao Paolo, 2016), Southapmton Science and Engineering Fair (Southampton, 2017), Sound&Environment (Hull, 2017), The Barbican (London, 2017). Her projects have also been featured in radiostations such as Resonance FM (UK), WGXC (US), BBC Radio 3 (UK), BBC 6 Music (UK), Radio Campus Paris (FR) and CFRO Vancouver Co-operative Radio (CA) among others.
Papadomanolaki has received funding for her work and research from The Schilizzi Foundation, The Alexander Onassis Foundation, University of The Arts London, Arts Council England, Sound and Music, H&L Fund England. She has received an award by the Nagogya University of the Arts for her interactive voice-based installation entitled ‘Stoma’.
Maria is the co-founder of the London-based artist collective 'SoundCamp' and is currently working as a Senior Lecturer/Course Leader at the University Of Brighton'sDigital Music and Sound Arts course.