Elena Papadaki

Dr Elena Papadaki BA Hons, PGCE, MA, PhD


Key details

Dr Elena Papadaki
BA Hons, PGCE, MA, PhD


Dr Elena Papadaki is a lecturer in Curation and Digital Arts at the department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts, and a founder of Incandescent Square, a collaborative meeting point for research and design.Her doctoral research (Goldsmiths, University of London – Centre for Cultural Studies / Arts and Computational Technology), titled: "Curating Screens: Art, Performance and Public Spaces," has examined the curation of screen media in diverse physical environments. 

Having previously held positions at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (department of Museum Studies), the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece and the Hellenic Council of Museums, she has over ten years of professional experience in the museum sector. A voting member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), her research interests lie in the intersection of screen-based arts, spatial theory, and audience reception.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Voting member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM)
Voting member of AVICOM (International Committee for Audiovisuals in Museums)
Regular member of CECA (International Committee for Education and Cultural Action)
External Examiner, London College of Communication (University of the Arts, London)

Research / Scholarly interests

Exhibiting screen-based media, curatorial theory and practice, transmedia art, contemporary practices of the moving image, cultural theory​


  • 2016                Papadaki, E., "Le geste curatorial et les oeuvres sur écran. L'évolution d'un néologisme vers une tendance majeure" [The curatorial gesture and screen‐based works. The evolution of a neologism towards a major trend], Proteus: 10, Cahiers des théories de l'art, Paris: Proteus, pp. 64-70
  • 2016                Papadaki,E. and Dare, E., "Bare Nothingness: situated objects in embodied artists' systems" in Ioannis Deliyannis and Christine Banou (eds) Experimental multimedia systems for interactivity and strategic innovation, Hershey: IGI global, pp. 16-48
  • 2015                Papadaki, E., "Curating Lights and Shadows, or the remapping of the lived experience of space" in The Senses and Society, London: Taylor and Francis/Routledge (special issue: Art and Light), pp.217-236
  • 2015                Papadaki, E., "Interactive Video Installations in Public Spaces: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's Under Scan" in Virginia Crisp and Gabriel Menotti Gonring (eds) Besides the Screen: Moving Images through Distribution, Promotion and Curation, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 197-212
  • 2013                Papadaki, E., "Filming the non-epic side of the journey to Antarctica: Stromness" in Anatopies II, Paris: INHA & Silo [unpaginated]
  • 2012                Papadaki, E. and Jefferies, J., "Katie Mitchell: intimate technologies in multimedia performance" in Maria Chatzichristodoulou & Rachel Zerihan (eds) Intimacy: across visceral and digital performance, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 188-199
  • 2010                Papadaki, E. and Zografos, Z., "Plan B – a joint proposal for the pavilion of post contemporary curating" [http://www.thecentreofattention.org/exhibitions/sutton3.html ]
  • 2006                Papadaki, E., "Running a Museum: a practical handbook" (book review), ICOM Newsletter, period B, vol.3, January 2006, pp. 14-15      
  • 2005                Papadaki, E. and Iliakis, M., "Ephemeral construction of digital actions in the city – a platform for video artists" in Curating: 9 + 1 Un-realizable Projects, Athens: Futura, 2005, pp. 49-59
  • 2005                Papadaki, E., "Branding the visual arts: the life cycle of the art commodity within the University Education System", European Congress of Visual Arts' Education (5-10/9/2005) - proceedings, Athens: EETE, pp. 32-37
  1. Papadaki, E., "Alexia in Wonderland", Alexia Xafopoulou, ex. cat., October 2006, Athens: Frissiras gallery, pp. 5 -8
  2. Papadaki, E., "Arrogance: Guided Information and the view from the sofa", Giorgos Divaris – Arrogance, ex. cat., Athens: Gallery 24, 2006, pp.15-17
  1. Papadaki, E., "State and Museums: the institutional context of Museums", ICOM Newsletter, Period B, vol. 1, January 2004, pp. 15-16



  • "Space as Methodology: The Politics of Exhibiting the Moving Image in Public Spaces", The Politics of Space and the Humanities, Thessaloniki (Greece), 15-17 December 2017 (forthcoming)
  • "Between the Library, the Learning Centre and the Media Centre: Digital Arts Research in Higher Education", Forum of Ideas on Libraries and Contemporary Culture, Kozani (Greece), 12-14 May 2017
  • "Helix3.obj", The Wrong [Again] – New Digital Art Biennale, Vitoria (Brazil), 7 April – 12 June 2016
  • "Communicating Technology: Interactive Design and Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Digital Arts", DRHA2014 – Communication Futures, Digital Research in the Humanities and the Arts, London, 31 August – 3 September 2014
  • "Curating Lights and Shadows: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's Under Scan and the remapping of public spaces" [session: Illuminating Space - Art and Light: Reconfiguring a Sense of the World], Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference, London, 27-30 August 2013
  • "The Return of the Drive-in Cinema", proposal for the regeneration of the urban environment and construction into a 3D maquette, Urban Fabric, Access Space, Sheffield, 3-23 November 2012
  • "A2: performing the collective" (in collaboration with the choreographer/performer Antonietta Mirto and the architect Stamatis Zografos), Collective Futures, Goldsmiths college, London, 3-5 March 2011
  • Humanities Un-Plugged, InterArt, Berlin, 11-14 November 2010
  •  "Displaying and Distributing new media work" (series of seminars given with Janis Jefferies in the framework of the Delphus new media summer school), Delphi, 9-21 July 2010
  •  "Branding the border: Yang Fudong's 'First Spring' and the Prada Foundation", Border Reverb: Clandestino Festival, Göteborg, 8-13 June 2010
  • "Fiction stripped bare of its conventions: …some trace of her", After Fiction, Copenhagen Doctoral School, Copenhagen, 3-5 June 2010
  • "Plan B – a joint proposal for the pavilion of post contemporary curating" (with Stamatis Zografos), Social Aesthetics, Goldsmiths college, London, 4-6 March 2010
  • "The eternal self: Experiential interpretation of screen-based works of art", Aesthetics and History, Stockholm University, Aula Magna, Stockholm, 25-26 February 2010
  • "Performance and performativity in screen-based works of art", Laboratory: Methods of Interart Studies, Berlin, Freie Universität, 16-18 November 2009
  • "Even better than the real thing: when fiction becomes more convincing than the truth – Stefanos Tsivopoulos' documentaries", Border Documents – CPH: DOX [International Documentary Film Festival], Copenhagen, 9-11 November 2009
  • "An approach on Sarah Cook's 'Toward a Theory of the Practice of Curating New Media Art'", Art: Relations – Revisiting Crucial Concepts, Freie Universität, Berlin, 30 October – 1 November 2008
  • "Curating Screens – Or, how the presentation of screen-based artworks defines their essence", Art and Research: New Interfaces, Copenhagen, Royal Academy of Fine Arts,  5-8 June 2008
  • "Branding the visual arts: the life cycle of the art commodity within the University Education System", European Congress of Visual Arts' Education, 5-10 September 2005, Athens: EETE
  •  "Showing the way: Greek contemporary artists deconstructing and encoding humanism", 2nd Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing, 22-25 September 2005