We are pleased that Maria Chatzichristodoulou (a.k.a. Maria X) will be participating in the plenary session Radical art practices, feminism, new technologies and performance, which will close the workshop Queer feminist social media praxis (University of Sussex, Friday 17th May). Maria is a cultural practitioner (curator, producer, performer and writer). She is Director of Postgraduate Studies and Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at the School of Arts and New Media, University of Hull.
In London, Maria has co-directed and co-convened the festival and symposium Intimacy: Across Digital and Visceral Performance (London, 2007), the symposium From Black Box to Second Life (Scarborough, 2009), and the conference Live Interfaces (Leeds, 2011). She is also co-convener of the Theatre and Performance Research Association working group on Performance and New Technologies. Maria is co-editor of the volumes Interfaces of Performance (Ashgate, 2009) and Intimacy Across Visceral and Digital Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). She has lectured and published widely, including invited lectures at Yale University, MIT Media Lab and Georgia Institute of Technology (USA).
Maria holds a PhD in Art and Computational Technologies from Goldsmiths Digital Studios, University of London. She has taught at the University of London colleges Goldsmiths, Birkbeck and Queen Mary, and Richmond the International American University. She also worked as a Community Officer at The Albany (South London). Maria was co-founder and co-director of the international media art festival Medi@terra and Fournos Centre for Digital Culture in Athens, Greece (1996-2002). She has performed with Diplous Eros Ensemble and director Syllas Tzoumerkas (Greece).