Maria Papadomanolaki − MA Sound Arts
Maria Papadomanolaki graduated from MA Sound Arts at London College of Communication in 2009. She is now busy working on her own releases, is involved in the SoundCamp/REVEIL daybreak listening event and is conducting PhD research.
What made you want to study Sound Arts?
My curiosity to explore the possibilities and ambiguities of sound (and sounding) as means to reach out to people and to critically engage with the environments I inhabit.
What was the best part of Sound Arts at LCC?
The visiting lecturers sessions but I also enjoyed working with my supervisors and fellow students. It was a very though-provoking and insightful experience that helped my creative practice to grow further.
Where are you from in the world?
I was born in Chania, Crete, Greece and since 1999 I have been living in other cities and countries, currently based in London.
What are your fondest memories of LCC?
I always found the location where the college is situated a very interesting cross-road, not only because of its architecture and infrastructure (especially the roundabout and its underpasses and tunnels) but also because it felt so unusual and genuine compared to other neighbourhoods I have been to nearby that had already gone through gentrification and beautification. So studying in this culturally and socially charged locale made a big impression on me and certainly stayed with me throughout.
Of course, spending time with my course colleagues was also inspiring as many interesting and challenging conversations were always at the core and the periphery of the course itself, affecting it and enriching it.
What are you working at the moment?
We have just finished our second SoundCamp/REVEIL daybreak listening event and broadcast that took place on 2-3 May 2015 at Stave Hill Ecological Park here in London, and we’re now editing a follow-up publication. I am also working on finalising two upcoming releases as well as on my PhD research but this is an ongoing process/project.
What is your favourite sound?
I am always looking forward to the sound of the daybreak.
Name three things you couldn't be creative without:
Intuition, feeling, vision.
If you could collaborate creatively with anybody in the world who would it be?
I am very grateful about all the collaborations I have had so far and I am looking forward to what the future may bring.
Tell us about your future plans and ambitions:
To finish my PhD research and to continue doing what I am doing without compromises which is extremely difficult nowadays.
What drives you to succeed?
What three words would you use to best describe LCC?
Creative, Eccentric, Chaotic (especially when trying to find my way around the different blocks in the college).
What piece of advice would you give to new students?
To always ask questions.
Where in London do you go when you need a little inspiration?
I walk around the streets of my neighbourhood in West London.