Maria Papadomanolaki is an artist who works within the fields of sound design for dance and film, networked performances, exploratory workshops, installation and transmission art. She has a background in literary and sound studies. Since 2009, she has also been successfully releasing electronic music on a variety of labels and collaborations.
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). Her site specific project proposal entitled ‘ Caging the Elephant’ has been shortlisted and published on Artangel’s Open Longlist (2014).
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’.
Sound & Environment 2017, University of Hull, Hull, UK
Presentation of the Biosphere Open Microphones project with SoundCamp.
Balance/Unbalance 2016, Manizales Caldas. The Los Fundadores Theater and Conference Center, Manizales, Colombia
Remote Panel on The Live Audio Archive.
ISEA 2015: Disruption, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Remote project demonstration: A certain geography: disrupting site-specific sound through networked performance.
Network Ecologies, University of Hull, UK
Paper Presentation with Grant Smith and Dawn Scarfe: Networking the Live Audio Archive.
Soundscapes and sound identities, castello di Beseno, Besenello, (TN), Italy.
Paper Presentation: Perceptual Ecologies In Spaces Of Ephemeral Encounters.
Sonorities 2015 Conference. SARC, Queen’s University, Belfast, N. Ireland
Paper Presentation: To Begin Is To Follow On From: The Voicing Of Fragments in Tobačna
Locus Sonus Lab, Aix-en-Provence College of Arts, France. Practice/Research presentation to students.
Balance/Unbalance 2015, Arizona State University, USA
Paper Presentation with Grant Smith and Dawn Scarfe: Reveil: New Experiments with Environmental Radio.
Music Tech Fest, LSO St. Lukes, London
Pre-recorded contributions to presentation by Grant Smith: SoundCamp/Reveil.
Points Of Listening #3, The Old Cinema Museum, London.
Presentation and Screening: Listening to the voices of the city in "Wings of Desire."
Visual Urbanism, The British Library, London
Paper Presentation: Tracing Paths: exploring landscape and listening from and beyond the books.
Functional Sounds, ESSA's 1st International Conference, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin
Paper Presentation: Initial Experiments: Experiencing sound from and beyond the books.
Recontested Sites, TrAIN, Chelsea College of Fashion, UAL, London.
Paper Presentation: Words as process: can we revisit and re-evaluate a site through contemporary urban writing?
Sonorities 2013 Conference. SARC, Queen’s University, Belfast, N.Ireland.
Paper presentation entitled Joining the dots: a trajectory of processes in search of environmental sound.
Radio Content in the Digital Age, ECREA Radio Section International Conference. Limassol, Cyprus
Presentation of paper entitled Radio as the voice of community, locality, interactivity and experimentation.
M.E. Papadomanolaki Sonic Perceptual Ecologies, Book In Preparation (2017)
M.E. Papadomanolaki, D. Scarfe, G. Smith, SoundCamp, The Live Audio Archive, Leonardo Journal JA, O (2017)
M.E. Papadomanolaki, D. Scarfe, G. Smith, SoundCamp, Sounds Nothing Like The Sea, Performance Research 21.2 (2016).
M.E. Papadomanolaki, D. Scarfe, G. Smith, SoundCamp, sounds remote (SoundCamp/Uniformbooks, 2016).
M.E. Papadomanolaki, D. Scarfe, G. Smith, SoundCamp, Uniformagazine No 3 (Spring-Summer 2015).
M.E. Papadomanolaki, Journey of A Journal Entry, Reflections Of Process In Sound 2 (Online, April 2014).
M.E. Papadomanolaki, Les Sons I’ve Learned (Essay) in The Field Reporter (Online, January 2014).
M.E. Papadomanolaki, L. Velandia, Grand Union Canal at Harlesden: An Acoustic and Visual Essay, The Field Reporter (Online, April 2013).
M.E. Papadomanolaki, G. Joseph-Hunterand Penny Duff, Transmission Arts: Artists and the Airwaves, PAJ BOOKS, (2012).
M.E. Papadomanolaki, Radio as the voice of community, locality, interactivity and experimentation. Conference Proceedings:Radio Content in the Digital Age, Limmasol, Cyprus (2009).
Selected of seminars and workshops
July 2017 Curious Unfinished – Live Audio Streaming Workshop – The Barbican, London
March 2017 Southampton Science and Engineering Festival 2017 Soundwalk Leader – University of Southampton, Listening Across Disciplines.
October 2016 Listening to the end of the world, Seminar: Soundcamp and SPR, Goldsmiths, London, UK
September 2014 Sonic City Event, Quayside Area Soundwalk Leader - Museum of Docklands, London with Points Of Listening (CRiSAP, LCC, UAL).
November 2013 – April 2014 Visiting Practitioner Seminars and Workshops - BA Design Management and Cultures, BA Sound Art and Design, LCC, UAL.
November 2013 – REuse MESTO: REuseRADIO research project: Tobačna Listening Workshops Leader – CC Tobačna 001 / MGML / CONA , Ljubljana, Slovenia..
Selected exhibitions, performances and events
Annual Listening event coinciding with International Dawn Chorus Day: camplng outdoors, workshops, training, presentations, in situ listening, production of 24hour broadcast of live daybreak sounds, audience and community outreach, live audio streaming, remote listening.
Collaboration between Female Laptop Orchestra and the Women in Music Tech group (Georgia, USA) as part of Audio Mostly Festival 2017, London.
Barbican: A Certain Geography
Live telematic soundwalk and improvisation with musicians from Guildhall School of music and Drama. Part of soundcamp’s ‘listening to live audio streams’ workshop at ‘Curious Unfinished’ event.
Durational field recording of Storm Angus as part of the radio exhibition radioCona:wolFMoon curated by Cona and Elena Biserna, with host curators selection by Radio Arts and Anna Friz/ Konrad Korabiewski
Buskers at PARABOL
A selection of street musicians recordings was presented at PARABOL, a parabolic loudspeaker installed at the entrance of 3,14 International Contemporary Art Foundation in Bergen, Norway.
A Telematic Performance, In Transglasphōnē, by the Female Laptop Orchestra - performing remotely from London at CMMR 2016, University of São Paulo. The Female Laptop Orchestra are Nela Brown, Magdalena Chudy, Maria Papadomanolaki and Ximena Alarcón.
Motherhood: A Certain Geography
Telematic Soundwalk between Ravenscourt Part, West London and Athens KET, as part of Sound Acts Festival.
3-27 February 2016
Les Présences invisibles
Artistic Intervention-sound installation at three common spaces inside Méduse Coop, commissioned by Mois Multi, Quebec City, CA.
London-AIX: A Certain Geography
Telematic Soundwalk between London-Shepherd’s Bush Market and Aix en Provence College of Art, commissioned by Mobile Audio Fest.
Kings Cross: A Certain Geography
Telematic soundwalk in the area of Kings Cross in London, presented at In this neck of the woods event, CSM, UAL.
October 2014 – January 2015
ACE funded research project exploring embodiment of film in choreographing illness and audiences. Collaboration with Miriam King, Clare Whistler, Andy Berriman, Marina Tsartsara.
PoL 8: Sonic City
Prepared soundwalks around the Museum of Dockland’s quayside commissioned by Points Of Listening (Salomé Voegelin and Mark Peter Wright, CRiSAP, UAL)Presented at: Museum of Dockland's Late London: Sonic City,
Forms of Ventriloquism
Curation of exhibition at IMT gallery London and performance-collaboration with Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner).
Parasol Unit: A Certain Geography
Telematic Soundwalk inside Parasol Unit Gallery, London.
To Begin Is To Follow On From
Field Recordist, Soudwalk facilitator, Composer
Radiophonic Piece about Tobačna commissioned by CC Tobačna 001, Cona and MGML as part of radioCona: REuse MESTO: REuseRADIO radio exhibition (Ljubljana, Slovenia).
My A is your B
Field Recordist, Co- walker
Radiophonic Piece about Liverpool Street Station based on a conversational soundwalk. Presented at ECHOES
#2: Audio Portrait of Place, Portugal, 2013.
Here Comes Everybody
Field Recordist, Sound Designer
Locative App Soundwalk developed by Close and Remote in response to the River Pool
walk across the Southend Lane in Lower Sydenham.
Locative App Soundwalk in response to the convento square in Chania developed for P-public’s Public Space in Progress festival, Chania, Crete Greece.
Postcards from Gowanus, US
Exhibition curated by Penny Duff, Gabrielle Herbst and Maria Papadomanolaki as part of Cabinet Magazine’s Intern Initiative Program. (http://postcardsfromgowanus.blogspot.com/)
512: Personas Interactive Video Installation, the Supper Club, Basement, Brighton, UK
Composed the interactive voice-based soundtrack for the piece exhibited at the Basement Gallery as part of the Supper Club festival for emerging artists.
Noise! 2009 festival at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater
Noise! 2009 music festival was co-curated by Maria Papadomanolaki and Tom Roe for free103point9 and featured performances by electro-acoustic and experimental artists such as Sawako, Jeremy Slater, Radio Cegeste, Oneohtrix Point Never, Carlos Giffoni, Maria Papadomanolaki among others.
Radiophonic Creation Day, France
Sound Designer, Performer, Author
Woodplay is a sound piece that combined telematic phonography, electroacoustic music and live sound manipulation. The piece was performed by a quartet.
Audio Forensics Exhibition at IMT Gallery, London, UK
Trajectory was featured in the group show entitled Audio Forensics, co-curated by Electra London, IMT, Crisap and LCC.
Itfeatured telematics soundwalks by distinguished artists like Manu Luksch, Richard Thomas and Peter Cusack.
April – August 2008
Amagalm Multimedia Dance Performance
Collaboration with choreographer Aikaterini Dinopoulou. Amalgam was presented in a series of Festivals in the UK and Greece.
Exhibition of STOMA at the Athens Video Art Festival, Greece
Composer, Designer, Programmer
The second official exhibition of STOMA in Athens.
September – June 2007
STOMA Interactive voicepiece installation, Brighton, UK
Composer, programmer (with the assistance of T.Garner), designer
The piece was showcased during the University of Brighton’s Degree Show (awarded).
Returning Short Film, Brighton, UK
Collaboration with visual artist Marina Tsartsara.
The film was screened at the Experimental Film Festival in Iceland and also in Berlin, Spain, France and other countries.
January - March 2006
Cube² Multimedia Installation, North Gallery Brighton, UK
Sound Designer, Production Assistant
Collaboration with dancer Aikaterini Dinopoulou.