María Mencía is an artist and Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at Kingston University. She holds a PhD in Digital Poetics and Digital Art by the University of the Arts, London. She studied English Philology at the Complutense University in Madrid, Fine Art and History and Theory of Art at the University of the Arts London. Mencía’s practice-led research questions the mark as a meaningful and visual form, phonemes as ‘semantic’ units, the creation of new meanings in mediated textualities of image-sound-text. It draws from different cultural, artistic and literary traditions such as: linguistics, fine art, visual, concrete and sound poetry, with digital poetics, electronic writing, and new media art theories and practices.
Her practice in experimental, textual, generative and sound poetics 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, as well as, in various e-lit and e-poetry databases at research centres, and has been exhibited at art galleries, international conferences and festivals such as ISEA, FILE, BEAP, onedotzero, Caixaforum, ICA and TATE Modern.
Her she discusses Open Meaning in Digital Writing