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 and 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, experimental radio practice, 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.
Maria is the co-founder of the London-based artist collective 'SoundCamp'. She is a Higher Education Academy Fellow and she is currently working as a Senior Lecturer/Course Leader at the University Of Brighton's Digital Music and Sound Arts course.