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Ismini Gatou

Independent Researcher/Artistat Independent Researcher
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Focus area: Anthropology

Ismini Gatou (she/her) is a researcher and artist based in Athens. She holds a PhD from the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean. Her research brings together theoretical and methodological tools from sound and media studies, anthropology of space and the senses, as well as multimodal and sensory ethnography. In her artistic practice she experiments with various materials, media and forms such as field and voice recordings, sound compositions, interactive audio-mappings and locative media arts. Her thesis entitled "Narratives and affects in motion. A research-creation on spatial experience through the use of mobile digital media" – which was funded by the A.G. Leventis Foundation (2016–2017) and the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) (2018–2022) – focused on issues of spatiality, sensoriality and mobility/non-mobility seen through the sound-based locative condition. She holds a MSc in Cultural Informatics also from the University of the Aegean, completed under a Leventis Foundation scholarship; a MA from the Department of Communication, Media and Culture of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and a BA in Communication and Media from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her work has been published through presentations and papers at Greek and international conferences, through publications in printed and online journals, as well as through participations in exhibitions and art festivals in Greece and abroad. She was a core member of NACUSSO (Natural & Cultural Soundscape and Storytelling Organisation) (2017-2019). She has been selected to participate in the 6th NEON Curatorial Exchange (Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2017) and in Robert Bosch Foundation’s START program (2015). In 2022–23 she received the ARTWORKS Award (visual arts field: multiple and new media) and was a fellow of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Artist Fellowship Program.