María Mencía is a media artist/e-poet, practice-based researcher and teaches in the School of Performance and Screen Studies at Kingston University (London, UK) where she is also an executive committee member of The Creative Process Research Unit .
Mencía is a pioneer in digital poetry and her PhD in Digital Poetics and Digital Art at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts-London (2000-2003), was one of the first doctorates in the field of electronic literature. She studied English Philology at the Complutense University in Madrid, Fine Art & Design and History and Theory of Art at the University of the Arts London.
Research Areas: Her practice-based research is at the intersection of language, art and digital technology. It explores multimodal digital textualities, digital media grammars, virtual poetic spaces and the reader's/viewer’s engagement. It is trans-disciplinary, bringing together different cultural, artistic and literary traditions such as: linguistics, translation, fine art, visual, concrete and sound poetry, with digital poetics, electronic writing, creative programming, interaction and interface design, new media art theories and practices. Her practice includes interactive digital media installations, performances, web-based works, sound-generated poems, interactive generative narratives and data visualisation poetics. She is an Executive Member of the Electronic Literature Organization Board of Directors (ELO).
Practice-based publications involve practice and theory: She has given keynote presentations; taken part in more than fifty conferences; chaired festivals like the E-Poetry Festival 2013-Kingston, London; curated exhibitions of e-lit; led pedagogic, programming research clusters and research projects in collaborative practice such as Code Interactive # 1 London, and Code Interactive # 2 Kosice, Slovakia. She has exhibited internationally at museums, conferences and festivals including: Arts Santa Mónica, Barcelona (Spain); Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco y Universum- Museo de Las Ciencias de la UNAM, Mexico; Palazzo delle Arti (PAN), Naples (Italy); E-Poetry Festivals; Electronic Literature (ELO) Conferences; the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA); Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts (DRHA); onedotzero; Electronic Language International Festival (FILE); International Contemporary Art Fair (ARCO); Computers in Art and Design Education (CADE) and Caixaforum- Barcelona.
Her work is in collections such as the First volume of the Electronic Literature Collection, K. Hayles, N. Montfort, S. Rettberg, S. Strickland (eds). The Electronic Literature Organization, UCLA Department of English, Los Angeles and in the Anthology of European Electronic Literature, T. Memmott, M. Engberg, D.Prater (eds), ELMCIP. As well as in various databases in research centres.
She was the curator of Words Unstable On The Table (Watermans Art Centre, London, UK) and co-curator of Repurposing in Electronic Literature (DIG Gallery, Kosice, Slovakia).
Funding and Collaborations: Mencía has been awarded various grants to collaborate at international universities such as 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 she is collaborating on the research project A Transatlantic Take on Translating Electronic Literature (TTTEL) funded by the FMSH/Mellon Transatlantic Program in Collaborative Digital Humanities in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology (USA), the University of Paris 8 (France), the University of Coimbra (Portugal), Aarhus University (Denmark), and Kingston University (UK).
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