Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri is a Greek-born composer and sound artist working in Berlin, Germany and Ithaca, New York. Papalexandri’s works interweave the borderlines of sound art, musical composition, visual objects and performance and explore the factors that link these art forms. The world of sound and the visual appearance of her works are in continuous interaction, while being uncompromisingly precise, pure and economical in their means.
Papalexandri kinetic sound sculpture Speaking of Membranes, created in collaboration with Swiss artist Pe Lang is in the collection of EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland. Selected by the Japan Media Art Festival and supported by Pro-Helvetia, her work have been exhibited and performed internationally, including Museum of Musical Instruments Berlin; ISEA Hong Kong; Gallery Anhava, Helsinki; Mario Mazzoli Gallery, Berlin; Center d’Art Monica, Barcelona; Standing Pine Gallery, Nagoya, Japan; Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark; San Francisco Art Institute; Tokyo Yebis International Festival for Art; Biennale del Disegno di Rimini, Italy; MaerzMusik Festival, Berlin; the ISCM World Music Days, Stuttgart; Ultrashall, Berlin; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Transmediale, Berlin and Venice Biennale of Architecture, in performances by Quartet New Generation, the London Improvisers Orchestra, Hidden Mother, Ensemble This/Ensemble That, Ensemble Mosaik, Yarn /Wire, Ensemble Dal Niente, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Neue Vocalsolisten, Klangforum Wien and Ensemble SurPlus.
In 2008 Papalexandri received her Ph.D in composition from the University of California, San Diego. She holds a BMus and MMus degrees in music and composition from the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien and the University of London, Goldsmiths College.
The recipient of the Humboldt-University of Berlin: Cluster of Excellence International Fellowship (2015), Papalexandri has been honored by numerous awards, residencies and grants, including the Ernst Von Siemens Foundation Commission (2016), the Berlin Senate Sound Art Grant (2016), the Swedish Arts Council Composition Grant (2016 & 2015), the Berlin Senate Composition Grant (2011), a residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2011-2012), the International IMPULS Composition Award (2009), a residency at the Electronic Music Studios, Sweden (2008), the Dan David Prize for Contemporary Music (2007), the Darmstadt Stipendienpreis (2006), the Erickson Composition Fellowship (2004), the Kurt Weill Composition Fellowship and the Gluck Art Fellowship (2004). In 2017 Papalexandri will be a sound artist in residence at the International House of Artists Villa Corcodia Bamberg Germany and at St. John’s College, University of Oxford.
Papalexandri’s recent commissions include sound installations and sculptures for Donaueschingen Festival & Museum Art Plus, Humboldt exhibition at Martin-Gropious-Bau Museum, Berlin, the Hood Museum of Art, a new performative installation for soloist Karin Hellqvist, a new ensemble work for Chamber Curious Players and a solo CD album to be released in 2017 by Japanese record label Matter.