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I am an artist-researcher in Media Arts and Digital Poetics and the Course Leader of the BA in Media and Communication.
My doctorate was one of the first practice-based research in the field of electronic poetry and language-art (2000-2003). My research is at the intersection of language, art and digital technology. It explores the poetic /aesthetic space found in-between the visual, the aural and the semantic in multimodal textualities. It is in this oscillation 'between text and image' or 'sound and image' 'code and image'- in the shifting between these ways of expression- where I argue the poetic aesthetic space appears.My practice has been exhibited worldwide, and it is published in the Electronic Literature Collections ELC1 and ELC4, Anthology of Electronic Latin American Literature Lit(e)Lat and the ELMCIP Anthology of European Electronic Literature.
I am frequently involved in international events, including seventeen keynote presentations and I have taken part in nearly seventy conferences, curated exhibitions and led pedagogic, programming research clusters and research projects in collaborative practice.
I am one of the executive members of the Electronic Literature Organisation Board of Directors (ELO) and book editor for the "Electronic Literature" series with ELO- Bloomsbury Press.
Associate Professor, Course Leader BA Media and Communication
I have taught media and communication for many years. My key contribution has been my expertise in integrating practice-based research, creative digital media practice and pedagogy. I lecture and lead modules in digital media production, interactive creative media, theories of media and research practices. My input in teaching and learning has also been informed by my participation in international institutions for many years, as external examiner in similar BA programmes and as an advisor for the validation of design courses outside Kingston University for which I have provided and input into curriculum development and syllabus revision.
I have combined my lecturing with fellowships, funded by external councils to collaborate with international universities: New York University, The University of Sydney, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Australia, the Laboratory: COSTECH Department, University of Technology in Compiegne, France.
Currently, I am the co-investigator in a project funded by an AHRC standard grant, titled: 'Memory, Victims, and Representation of the Colombian Conflict' collaborating with Prof Claire Taylor from Liverpool University. It focuses on exploring and incentivising new means of awareness with regards to the self-representation of women victims of the Colombian conflict through storytelling and different creative practices. As co-investigator, my role has been leading workshops with the aim to collect materials to create a documentary website and an online digital artwork. The aim of the workshops and overall project was to give voice to the women victims who were participating and construct a collective memory, a memory where they felt represented. https://www.voces-invisibles.com/
My practice-based research is at the intersection of language, art and digital technology. It explores inter-linguistic and multimodal digital textualities, digital media grammars, virtual poetic spaces and the reader's/viewer's engagement in an experience of shifting 'in' and 'out' of language by looking 'at' and looking 'through' transparent and abstract landscapes of text and linguistic soundscapes.
It draws from conceptual art, avant-garde poetics, remediating concepts of reading and writing (from the print, to the screen to installations spaces) and exploring digital media grammars (voice activation, use of webcam, use of mouse, acts of revealing, triggering, cut and paste, dragging) for interactivity, aesthetics, creation of virtual poetic spaces, engagement and meaning production.
It is trans-disciplinary, bringing together different cultural, artistic and literary traditions such as: fine art, linguistics, translation, visual, concrete and sound poetry, with digital poetics, electronic writing, creative programming, interaction and interface design, new media art theories and practices. My practice includes interactive digital media installations, performances, web-based works, sound-generated poems, interactive generative narratives and data visualisation poetics. The themes are varied with an interest in the relationship between experimentation, social issues (issues of power, territory, displacement, personal and historical memory, gender, and violence) art and literature and I am very interested in producing site-specific pieces. Thus, my research outputs cover a selection of theory and practice as exemplified by the publications outlined. http://www.mariamencia.com/documents/MARIA%20MENCIA_publications.pdf
Research student supervision
Daniele Giampà, Beyond the boundaries of the e-book. Aesthetics of post-digital print
Hodan Omar,'From Hargeisa to London: A living sound archive of Somalis in Britain. TECHNE grant 2021-2024
Mencía, María (2020) Multimodal textualities : poetic aesthetic digital space. Romance Notes, 60(1), pp. 179-186. ISSN (print) 0035-7995
Mencia, Maria (2019) The Winnipeg : the poem that crossed the Atlantic. Hyperrhiz : New Media Cultures, 20, ISSN (online) 1555-9351
Portela, Manuel, Mencia, Maria and Pold, Soren (2018) Electronic literature translation : translation as process, experience and mediation. Electronic Book Review, ISSN (online) 1553-1139
Mencia, Maria (2016) Gateway to the world : data visualisation poetics. GRAMMA : Journal of Theory and Criticism, 23, pp. 145-157. ISSN (online) 1106-1170
Mencia, Maria (2011) Connected memories : contextualising creative research practice. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 4(1), pp. 37-51. ISSN (print) 1753-5190
Mencia, Maria (2011) From the page to the screen to augmented reality: new modes of language-driven technology-mediated research. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 4(1), pp. 3-7. ISSN (print) 1753-5190
Mencia, Maria, ed. (2017) #WomenTechLit. Morgantown, U.S. : West Virginia University Press. 456p. (CompuLit) ISBN 9781943665907
Mencia, Maria and Husarova, Zuzana, eds. (2015) Creative manual for repurposing in electronic literature. Kosice, Slovakia : Dive Buki. 104p. (ENTER, 16) ISBN 9788089677054
Mencia, Maria [Creator] (2021) The Winnipeg : The Poem that Crossed the Atlantic. In: Berens, Kathi Inman , Murray, John , Skains, Lyle , Torres, Rui and Zamora, Mia, (eds.) Electronic Literature Collection (Volume 4). Electronic Literature Organization. (In Press)
Mencia, Maria (2017) Creative process : interweaving methods, content and technology. In: Cortes Maduro, Daniela, (ed.) Digital media and textuality : from creation to archiving. Bielefeld, Germany : transcript. pp. 133-150. (Media upheavals, (45)) ISBN 9783837604915
Mencia, Maria (2017) Transient self-portrait : the data self. In: Mencia, Maria, (ed.) #WomenTechLit. Morgantown, U.S. : West Virginia University Press. pp. 189-209. (Computing literature) ISBN 9781943665907
Mencia, Maria (2015) Connected memories. In: Mencia, Maria and Husarova, Zuzana, (eds.) Creative manual for repurposing in electronic literature. Kosice, Slovakia : Dive Buki. pp. 32-35. (ENTER, (16)) ISBN 9788089677054
Mencia, Maria (2015) Upsidedown chandelier. In: Mencia, Maria and Husarova, Zuzana, (eds.) Creative manual for repurposing in electronic literature. Kosice, Slovakia : Dive Buki. pp. 78-81. (ENTER, (16)) ISBN 9788089677054
Mencia, Maria (2014) Excerpts from "From digital poetry to digital art: image-sound-text, convergent media, and the development of new media languages". In: Elkins, James, (ed.) Artists with PhDs : on the new doctoral degree in studio art. 2nd ed. Washington, U.S. : New Academia Publishing. pp. 419-428. ISBN 9780991504756
Mencia, Maria (2011) New Media ArtPoetry: A reflection on practice. In: Masucci, Lello and di Rosario, Giovanna, (eds.) OLE Officina di Lettertura Elettronica. Naples, Italy : Atelier Multimediale Edizioni. pp. 332-347. ISBN 9788890564000
Mencia, Maria [Creator] (2006) Birds singing other birds' songs. In: Hayles, N. Katherine , Montfort, Nick , Rettberg, Scott and Strickland, Stephanie, (eds.) Electronic Literature Collection (Volume 1). Electronic Literature Organization. ISSN (online) 1932-2011
Mencia, Maria (2016) E-Lit practice and pedagogy : interweaving methods, content and technology. In: ICDMT 2016 : International Conference on Digital Media and Textuality; 03 - 05 Nov 2016, Bremen, Germany. (Unpublished)
Mencia, Maria [Artist] (2016) LitArt : Poeticas Digitales : Creacion e Investigacion. In: Paraules pixelades : La literatura en l’era digital; 28 Jan - 10 Apr 2016, Barcelona, Spain.
Mencia, Maria [Speaker] (2012) ReadWrite digital textualities: searching for new languages. In: MIX: A Conference Exploring Transmedia Writing & Digital Creativity; 16 - 18 Jul 2012, Bath, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Mencia, Maria [Artist] (2011) The surface materiality: performing generative writing. In: e-poetry 2011: International Digital Language, Media, Arts Festival; 18 - 21 May 2011, Buffalo, U.S..
Mencia, Maria (2009) Connected memories : addressing questions and issues that evolve around the use of technology as a participatory and inviting medium to perform and share stories with other participants. In: The network as a space and medium for collaborative interdisciplinary art practice; 08 - 10 Nov 2009, Bergen, Norway. (Unpublished)
Mencia, Maria (2002) Generating Chirography in an electronic surface. In: Digital Surface: Approaches to current research in contemporary art practice; 27-28 June 2003, Tate Britain, London, UK. (Unpublished)
Mencia, Maria [Artist] and Dupuis, Alex [Programmer] (2018) The Winnipeg : The Poem that Crossed the Atlantic. (Website).