Maria Chatzichristodoulou (aka Maria X) joined London South Bank University (LSBU) in 2015 as Associate Professor in Performance and New Media, and Head of External Development and Enterprise for the School of Arts and Creative Industries. Previously she was a Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at the University of Hull (2009-2015), where she also acted as Director of Postgraduate Studies for the School of Arts and New Media (2010 -2013), before moving to the School of Drama, Music and Screen (2014-15). Maria has also taught theatre, performance and new media at the University of London Colleges Goldsmiths, Birkbeck and Queen Mary, Richmond (the International American University in the UK), and the FE College WEA (2004-2009). She holds a PhD in Art and Computational Technologies from Goldsmiths, University of London (2010).
Maria is a cultural practitioner who has worked as curator, producer, performer, writer and community organiser in the UK, Greece and internationally (France, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Peru). She was co-founder and co-director of the international Art and Technology Festival Medi@terra and co-artistic director of Fournos Centre for Digital Culture, both in Athens, Greece (1996-2002). Medi@terra was co-organised with the Hellenic Ministries of Culture and Development and was part of the Cultural Olympiad. In the UK, Maria worked as Community Participation Officer at The Albany in London (2003–5), and co-convener of The Thursday Club at Goldsmiths, University of London (2006-2009). Maria has published and presented her research widely, convened numerous conferences and symposia, and curated festivals and exhibitions.
Maria collaborates with and contributes as a peer reviewer to numerous conferences such as: SIGGRAPH, Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging, ACM International Conference on Digital Interactive Media in Entertainment and Arts, Computational Models of Creativity in the Arts and Machinista. She is co-convener of the TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) Performance and New Technologies working group, Secretary of the DRHA conference (Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts) and Trustee of MetaPlay Interactive Theatre, Art and Media. She also sits on the editorial board for the Body, Space and Technology journal. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Maria researches the intersections between theatre, performance, live art, and digital technologies, studying the transformation of performance once it becomes imbued with mediatisation. Her current research focus is on socio-technical networks and their impact upon performance practices in particular and culture overall. She has an interest in socially engaged practices that aspire to impact positively upon their audiences/participants’ quality of life, and studies the proliferation of intimate performance practices through one-to-one and micro-audience performance – particularly in relation to technology’s capacity of becoming intimate and visceral. She also examines new media art practices that are characterised by liveness and performativity. Finally, she studies the curation of live media.