Elena Papadaki

Dr Elena Papadaki BA Hons, PGCE, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Curation and Digital Arts

Key details

Dr Elena Papadaki
BA Hons, PGCE, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Curation and Digital Arts


Dr Elena Papadaki is a Senior Lecturer in Curation and Digital Arts and a founder of Incandescent Square, a collaborative meeting point for research and design. With the latter, she has curated and/or managed projects in France, Greece, Malta, Portugal and the UK. She is in the curatorial committee of the University of Greenwich Galleries, and coordinates the Public Lecture Series (School of Design).  

Her research interests lie in the intersection of screen-based imagery, curation, interactivity, and audience reception. She holds a PhD from Goldsmiths UoG titled "Curating Screens: Art, Performance, and Public Spaces". Having previously held posts at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (department of Museum studies) and the International Council of Museums (ICOM), she has over ten years of professional experience in the arts and museum sector.

Responsibilities within the university

Senior Lecturer in Curation and Digital Arts

Curatorial Committee, University of Greenwich Galleries

Curator and Coordinator, Public Lecture Series, School of Design

Recognition

Professional Memberships/Fellowships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK (SFHEA)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK (FRSA)
  • Voting member: International Council of Museums (ICOM) - UNESCO
  • Voting member: International Committee for Audiovisual, New Technologies and Social Media (AVICOM)
  • Regular member: International Committee for Education and Cultural Action (CECA)

Editorial Board/Reviewer

  • Museum Management and Curatorship, peer-reviewed journal (Routledge - Taylor & Francis group)
  • Body, Space & Technology, peer-reviewed journal (Open Libary of Humanities - OLH)

External Examiner

  • Contextual studies (level 6), London College of Communication (University of the Arts, London)

Key projects

Elena's research interests lie in the intersection of screen-based imagery, curation, interactivity, and audience reception.

Publications

Journal Articles 

  • "Between the art canon and the margins: historicizing technology-reliant art via curatorial practice", in Arts 8(3): 121, special issue "Art Curation: Challenges in the Digital Age", guest edited by Dr Francesca Franco, Basel: MDPI, ISSN 2076-0752 [https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8030121], 2019 
  • "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, ISSN 2110-557X, pp. 64-70, 2016 
  • "Curating Lights and Shadows, or the remapping of the lived experience of space", in The Senses and Society, special issue "Art and Light", London: Taylor and Francis / Routledge, ISSN 1745-8927, pp. 217-236, 2015 

Book Chapters

  • "Bare Nothingness: situated objects in embodied artists' systems" (with Eleanor Dare), in Ioannis Deliyannis and Christine Banou (eds) Experimental Multimedia Systems for Interactivity and Strategic Innovation, Hershey: IGI global, ISBN 978-1466686595, pp. 16-48, 2015 / 2016 
  • "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, ISBN 978-1-137-47101-7, pp. 197-212, 2015 
  • "Katie Mitchell: intimate technologies in multimedia performance" (with Janis Jefferies), in Maria Chatzichristodoulou and Rachel Zerihan (eds) Intimacy: across visceral and digital performance, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-230-34886-8, pp. 188-199, 2012 

Edited Volumes

  • Papadaki, Elena (ed) Radical Immersions: navigating between virtual / physical environments and information bubbles – DRHA 2019 Conference proceedings (in preparation) 
  • Papadaki, Elena & Maragiannis, Anastasios (eds) Digital Technologies in Interdisciplinary Creative Landscapes, London: Libri Publishing (forthcoming, April 2021) 
  • Papadaki, Elena (ed) Exhibiting the Analogue / Exhibiting the Digital – afterthoughts on an exhibition , with contributions by Mihalis Arfaras, Patrick Beveridge, Eleanor Dare, Carla Garcia, Jim Hobbs, Andrew Knight-Hill, Gabriel Menotti, Elena Papadaki, Dani Ploeger, Audrey Samson, Stamatis Schizakis, Systaime, Klio Krajewska, Michael Talbot, London: University of Greenwich Galleries, ISBN 978-1466686595, 2020 

Curated Group Exhibitions  

  • University of Greenwich galleries - jointly curated exhibitions, 2016-present (please see: http://www.greenwichunigalleries.co.uk/), 2016-2020 
  • "Critical Convergence: Greek Contemporary Artists in Dialogue with the (Recent) Past – part 2", series of screenings - artists' films (curated by Elena Papadaki and Stamatis Schizakis), EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (Greece), [www.emst.gr] (postponed to spring 2021 due to COVID-19 regulations) 
  • "Radical Immersions", international group exhibition (curated by Elena Papadaki, Klio Krajewska, Dani Ploeger), Watermans Arts Centre, London (UK), 6-20 September 2019 [https://www.watermans.org.uk/new-media-arts-archive/radical-immersions-exhibition/] 
  • "Fast Forward to the Analogue: Vintage Immersions", international group exhibition (curated by Elena Papadaki), Project Space – University of Greenwich Galleries, London (UK), 2 July – 3 September 2019 [http://www.greenwichunigalleries.co.uk/fast-forward-to-the-analogue/] 
  • "Critical Convergence: Greek Contemporary Artists in Dialogue with the (Recent) Past", series of screenings - artists' films (curated by Elena Papadaki and Stamatis Schizakis), Fondazzjoni Kreattivita, Valletta (Malta), September 2018 (varied days and times) 
  • "Blazing Buildings: Unleashing the Potential of the Archive", video installations (curated by Elena Papadaki), Old Royal Naval College – Greenwich Maritime, London (UK), 31 August – 3 September 2014 
  • "Fabrica Utopia", outdoor video installations in the context of Fabrica Utopia new media festival (curated by Elena Papadaki), Andros (Greece), 14 July – 3 August 2014 
  • "Cities Methodologies 2014 - Buildings on Fire: Towards a New Approach to Urban Memory", international group exhibition (curated by Elena Papadaki and Stamatis Zografos), Urban Lab – Slade Research Centre, London (UK), 28 April – 2 May 2014

Presentations

Exhibition Participation (work and text)
  • "Helix3.obj", 3D-printed digital work,The Wrong [Again] – New Digital Art Biennale, Vitoria (Brazil), 7 April – 12 June 2016 
  • "Playing with Fire", series of educational archival clips that document the uses of fire,Cities Methodologies 2014 – Buildings on Fire: Towards a New Approach to Urban Memory", Urban Lab – Slade Research Centre, London (UK), April – May 2014 
  • "Waiting for Moby Dick", mixed media work in collaboration with Stamatis Zografos, The Mail Art on Books, Antikvariaatti Sofia, Helsinki (Finland), December 2013 – January 2014 
  • "The Return of the Drive-in Cinema", digital work, Urban Fabric, Access Space, Sheffield (UK), 3-23 November 2012 
  • "Plan B – a joint proposal for the pavilion of post contemporary curating", long listed proposal in collaboration with Stamatis Zografos and online exhibition [http://www.thecentreofattention.org/exhibitions/sutton3.html]  

Conference Papers

  • "Mycorrhizal Curation: minimal cognition for maximal cooperation" (with Eleanor Dare), Why Sentience? – ISEA 2020, 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Montreal (Canada), 13-18 October 2020  
  • "Defining 'Radical Immersions' within the contemporary creative paradigm", Introduction to the Conference - Plenary session (with Dani Ploeger), Radical Immersions: navigating between physical/virtual environments and information bubbles, London (UK), 8-10 September 2019 
  • Critical Convergence: Greek contemporary artists in dialogue with the (recent) past, Creative Legacies: collaborative practices for digital cultural heritage, Valletta (Malta), 9-12 September 2018 [followed by a curated series of screenings under the same title] 
  • "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 
  • "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 
  • "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 
  • "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 
  • "The eternal self: Experiential interpretation of screen-based works of art", Aesthetics and History, Stockholm University, Aula Magna, Stockholm, 25-26 February 2010 
  • "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 
  • "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 

Conference Panels

  • "Digital Cultural Heritage in the 'land of the ancient': the case of Greece" (with Anastasios Maragiannis and Maria Chatzichristodoulou), DRHA2018 – Creative Legacies – Collaborative Practices for Digital Cultural Heritage, Fondazzjoni Kreattivita, Valletta (Malta), 12 September 2018 
  • "A2: performing the collective" (with the choreographer/performer Antonietta Mirto and the architect Stamatis Zografos), Collective Futures, Goldsmiths college, London, 3-5 March 2011 
  • Humanities Un-Plugged (with representatives of the doctoral schools of Goldsmiths UoL, Freie Universität Berlin and the Doctoral School of Copenhagen), InterArt, Berlin, 11-14 November 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 
  • "An approach on Sarah Cook's 'Toward a Theory of the Practice of Curating New Media Art'" (with representatives of the doctoral schools of Goldsmiths UoL, Freie Universität Berlin and the Doctoral School of Copenhagen), Art: Relations – Revisiting Crucial Concepts, Freie Universität, Berlin, 30 October–1 November 2008 

Workshops

  • "Towards a Mycorrhizal Curatorial Practice", series of workshop-based sessions for students of Digital Direction, Royal College of Art, London (UK), March 2020 - present 
  • "The Language of Visual Media", series of workshop-based sessions for students of Digital Communication, Graphic and Digital Design, Web Design, Branding, 3D Animation, University Léonard De Vinci, Paris (France), 19-23 December 2019 
  • "Visual Communication for the creative professions", series of workshop-based sessions for students of Digital Communication, Graphic and Digital Design, Web Design, Branding, 3D Animation, University Léonard De Vinci, Paris (France), 17-21 December 2018 
  • "Working with Images", series of creative workshops (in collaboration with visual artist Aristea Gravou) in the context of the 3rd Andros festival, Andros (Greece), July – August 2017 
  • "Displaying and Distributing new media work", series of seminars and workshops (in collaboration with Professor Janis Jefferies) for students of Fine Arts and Arts & New Media, Delphi new media summer school (an international collaboration between Athens School of Fine Arts [Greece] and Paris XVIII [France]), Delphi (Greece), 9-21 July 2010 
  • "Performance and performativity in screen-based works of art", series of seminars for doctoral students of various disciplines (an international collaboration between Goldsmiths University of London, Freie Universität Berlin and Copenhagen Doctoral School), Laboratory: Methods of Interart Studies, Berlin (Germany), 16-18 November 2009

Exhibitions Texts

  • "An analogue Sea in a Digital World", in Elena Papadaki (ed.) Exhibiting the Analogue / Exhibiting the Digital – afterthoughts on an exhibition, London: University of Greenwich Galleries, ISBN 978-1466686595, pp. 5-9 (in print) 
  • "Filming the non-epic side of the journey to Antarctica: Stromness" in Anatopies II, Paris: INHA & Silo [unpaginated], 2013 
  • "Alexia in Wonderland", Alexia Xafopoulou, ex. cat., October 2006, Athens: Frissiras gallery, pp. 5 -8, 2006 
  • "Arrogance: Guided Information and the view from the sofa", Giorgos Divaris – Arrogance, ex. cat., Athens: Gallery 24, 2006, pp.15-17, 2006