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Maria Papadomanolaki - Transmission Artist - Composer

Maria Papadomanolaki is a transmission artist and composer based in Chania, Crete, Greece. 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 electroacoustic and electronic music, transmission art and creative ecological practices.

Her work aims to inspire and unlock our inherent abilities to experience through sound. This is often achieved through working in site specific, community and heritage 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 electroacoustic and 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.

Since 2010, Maria has been leading workshops  for public events and she has been teaching on both BA and MA courses in various UK Universities.  As a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at the University Of Brighton's Digital Music and Sound Arts course (2017-2020), she succesfully designed innovative curriculum activities and public-facing and community outreach projects that had a strong impact on the course's overall performance (including a leap from the 65th to the 25th place for the subject area of "Music" fon the Guardian's  2020-21  UK University league table).

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 Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press), Nefeli Editions, Galaad Edizioni, Leonardo Journal, Performance Research as well as on print and online music resources including acloserlisten (US), 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, the US and Asia.

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 and Creative Europe. She has received an award by the Nagogya University of the Arts for her interactive voice-based installation entitled ‘Stoma’.

Maria is a Higher Education Academy Fellow  and is the co-founder of the non-profit organisation 'SoundCamp' as well as a member of the highly acclaimed 'Shortwave Collective'.

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