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Dr María Mencía

Course Leader BA Media and Communication

About

I am an artist-researcher in Media Arts and Digital Poetics, my doctorate was one of the first practice-based research in the field of electronic poetry (2000-2003) and I have continued to explore the poetic space in hybrid textualities of language, art and digital technologies. My work has been exhibited worldwide, and it is published in the ELC1 and the ELMCIP Anthology of European Electronic Literature. My publication # WomenTechLit (Computing Literature, West Virginia University Press, 2017) was awarded second prize for the N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature in 2017 and Gateway to the World a data visualisation poetic piece was selected as example of good practice in digital literature by KVB boekwerk (the Dutch knowledge and innovation platform for the book sector) and the Dutch Foundation for Literature, 2017.

I am the Course Leader of the BA in Media and Communication and while teaching at Kingston University I have been awarded various grants to conduct research at international institutions such as: Information Studies & Digital Design, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark; Laboratory: COSTECH Technologies and Human Sciences (TSH) Department, University of Technology of Compiegne (France); Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia (AHRC Small Grants); The University of Sydney, Australia (TIES Grant) and Media Research Lab -New York University, NY, USA (Promising Researcher Fellowship by Kingston University.

Currently I am one of the team members of "Translating Electronic Literature: A Transatlantic Program in Collaborative Digital Humanities" (2017-2018), a research project funded by the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (FMSH) and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

I am frequently involved in international events, including keynote presentations and I have taken part in more than fifty 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.

Areas of specialism

  • Practice-based research
  • Art and design
  • Digital media practice/interactive/interface design/creative programming
  • e-literature, electronic poetry (e-poetry)
  • New media, remediation, transmedia, remix theories, creative methodologies

Qualifications

  • PhD, Digital Art and Digital Poetics practice-based research, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, UK
  • MA, History and Theory of Art Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK
  • BA, Joint Honours in Fine Art and Design, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK
  • BA, English Philology, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain, UK
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional membership

Executive member, Electronic Literature Organisation

Executive member, Creative Process Research Unit

Member, Red Latinoamericana de Literatura Electrónica (Red-LaLitEl)

Research

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, 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

Publications

Number of items: 37.

Article

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 [Creator] (2006) Birds singing other birds' songs. Electronic Literature Collection, 1, ISSN (online) 1932-2011

Book

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) ISBN 9788089677054

Book Section

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, no. 45) ISBN 9783837604915

Mencia, Maria (2017) Introduction to #WomenTechLit. In: Mencia, Maria, (ed.) #WomenTechLit. Morgantown, U.S. : West Virginia University Press. pp. xiii-xx. (CompuLit) ISBN 9781943665907

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, no. 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, no. 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

Conference or Workshop Item

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] (2012) Transient self-portrait. In: Electrifying literature: affordances and constraints; 20-23 Jun 2012, Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Mencia, Maria (2011) New Media Art/Poetry: A textu(r)al surface. In: E-Literature and New Media Art; 22-23 Sep 2011, Ljubljana, Slovenia. (Unpublished)

Mencia, Maria [Speaker] (2011) Open meaning in digital writing. In: Open Media Research Seminar series; 8 Feb 2011, Coventry, U.K..

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. In: ISEA2009: 15th International Symposium on Electronic Art; 26 - 29 Aug 2009, Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Unpublished)

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)

Exhibition

Mencia, Maria [Artist] and Auberson, Pascal [Programmer] (2016) Gateway to the World : Data Visualisation Poetics-Bremen. Shapeshifting Texts : Rhizomatic Surfaces. .

Mencia, Maria [Artist] and Auberson, Pascal [Programmer] (2015) Gateway to the World - Bergen. The End(s) of Electronic Literature Festival Exhibition. .

Mencia, Maria [Artist] (2015) Transient Self-Portrait. Plataformas de la Imaginacion, Escenarios de la Literatura Electronica. .

Mencia, Maria [Artist] and Auberson, Pascal [Programmer] (2014) Gateway to the World, Hamburg : Data Visualisation Poetics. SILT. .

Mencia, Maria [Curator of an exhibition] and Husarova, Zuzana [Curator of an exhibition] (2013) Repurposing in electronic literature. Repurposing in electronic literature. .

Mencia, Maria [Artist], Naji, Jeneen [Artist], Wilks, Christine [Artist] and Husarova, Zuzana [Artist] (2013) UpsideDown Chandelier. .

Mencia, Maria [Artist] and Raskob, Evan [Programmer] (2011) The Alphabetic. OLE Officiana di Lettertura Elettronica. .

Mencia, Maria [Artist] and Szekely, Alexander [Programmer] (2010) Generative poems. .

Mencia, Maria [Artist] (2009) Reading rebooted. Reading Rebooted. .

Mencia, Maria [Artist] (2002) Another Kind of Language. DIFFERENTIA. , 01-31 May 2002 , Pitshanger Manor Gallery & House, London, UK.

Mencia, Maria [Artist] (2002) "Birds singing other birds' songs". International Symposium of Electronic Arts ISEA (Orai). , 27-31 Oct 2002 , Nagoya, Japan.

Mencia, Maria Gateway to the Mediterranean. Palabras pixeladas La literatura en la era digital. .

Moving Image/Broadcast

Mencia, Maria (2009) Connected memories. (interactive digital art/narrative).

Mencia, Maria [Artist] (2001) Birds singing other birds' songs. (prints, video and interactive work).

This list was generated on Sat Jul 21 04:21:55 2018 BST.
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