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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, 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.

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 Nefeli Editions, Galaad Edizioni, Leonardo Journal, 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), Borderline Festival (Athens, 2018), Tuned City (Ancient Messene, 2018). 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'. 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.

Professional and research activity


Conference presentations


September 2018

DHRA Malta 2018

Presentation and worksop on Live Audio Streaming


5th Conference of  Greek Society of Acoustic Ecology, Kalamata, Greece

Paper on Live Audio Streaming


June/July 2017

Sound & Environment 2017, University of Hull, Hull, UK

Presentation of the Biosphere Open Microphones project with SoundCamp.

May 2016 

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 

May 2014-Present


Co-curator, Producer

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.

May - June 2018

Tune City Ancient Messene

Residency to produce site specific performance for Ancient Messene


April 2018

Borderline Festival 2018, Athens, GR


Collaborative site specific performance with Robin Rimbaud (AKA Scanner)

January 2018

Dalot & Sound Awakener - Little Things (Fluid Audio, UK)

Composer, Producer


August 2017

Transmusicking I


Collaboration between Female Laptop Orchestra and the Women in Music Tech group (Georgia, USA) as part of Audio Mostly Festival 2017, London.

July 2017

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.

January 2017


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

October/November 2016

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.

July 2016

In Transglasphōnē


A Telematic PerformanceIn 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.

May 2016

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.

November 2015

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.

June 2015

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

In-complete Bodies:

Sound Designer

ACE funded research project exploring embodiment of film in choreographing illness and audiences. Collaboration with Miriam King, Clare Whistler, Andy Berriman, Marina Tsartsara.

September 2014

PoL 8: Sonic City

Workshop Facilitator

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,

July 2014

Forms of Ventriloquism

Curator, performer

Curation of exhibition at IMT gallery London and performance-collaboration with Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner).

April 2014

Parasol Unit: A Certain Geography


Telematic Soundwalk inside Parasol Unit Gallery, London.

January 2014

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).

September 2013

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.

July 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.

June 2013

Resonances: W14/Convento


Locative App Soundwalk in response to the convento square in Chania developed for P-public’s Public Space in Progress festival, Chania, Crete Greece.

January-March 2010

Postcards from Gowanus, US

Curator, Performer

Exhibition curated by Penny Duff, Gabrielle Herbst and Maria Papadomanolaki as part of Cabinet Magazine’s Intern Initiative Program. (http://postcardsfromgowanus.blogspot.com/)

November 2009

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.

June 2009

Noise! 2009 festival at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater

Curator, Performer

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.

April 2009

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.

November 2008

Audio Forensics Exhibition at IMT Gallery, London, UK

Curator, Composer

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

Soundtrack composer

Collaboration with choreographer Aikaterini Dinopoulou. Amalgam was presented in a series of Festivals in the UK and Greece.

April 2008

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).

September 2007

Returning Short Film, Brighton, UK

Sound composer

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.

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Research Output 2011 2018

The Live Audio Archive

Papadomanolaki, M., Smith, G. & Scarfe, D. 13 Jun 2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Earth (planet)
Acoustic waves
Chemical analysis

Sonic Perceptual Ecologies in Spaces of Ephemeral Encounters

Papadomanolaki, M. 1 Sep 2017 Soundscapes and Sound Identities. Calanchi, A. & Michi, F. (eds.). Teramo, IT, Vol. 398

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

system of action

Sounds nothing like the sea

Papadomanolaki, M., Scarfe, D., Smith, G. & Baraitser Smith, M. 3 May 2016 21, 2, p. 38-39 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Earth rotation

Forms of Ventriloquism

Papadomanolaki, M. 24 Jul 2014

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

small group

Journey of a journal entry

Papadomanolaki, M. 1 Apr 2013 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2018 2018