Maria Coleman - Artist

Emma Martin improvises with the Body Response System, Project Brand New, Project Art Centre, Dublin, April 2010
Emma Martin improvises with the Body Response System, Project Brand New, Project Art Centre, Dublin, April 2010

Maria has a degree in Fine Art (Sculpture) from LSAD and an M. Phil. in Music and Media Technology from Trinity College, with PhD research conducted at the School of Art, Design and Printing at DIT. The resulting body of work and research  led to a chapter about her work being published in a Palgrave Macmillan book called 'The Performing Subject in the Space of Technology' (2015). The work featured  an interactive multimedia system called the BRS (Body Response System), which reacts to physical movement with audio and video responses. It was used  to collaborate with performers and audiences to make improvised, live art works. 

In 2012, a paper about multi sensory art she published in Crossings eJournal of Art and Technology won the ARTStap Title Award for arts research. My research has also been presented in 'Peripheries' (Gorey School of Art) at The Science Gallery (D.A.T.A) and at conferences in Trinity College, Derry and Chichester.

As an artist her work has been supported by Donegal Co. Co., Dublin City Council and Limerick City Council, and in 2010 she won the 'arts@DIT Award', which resulted in a series of  performances in places such as 'Project Brand New', the LAB and Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. 

Maria is also a musician, with bands including  'Wee Small Gods', and  'Fracas' who supported acts like Jerry Fish, Kila and Dervish. She is also a writer, and has had  articles published as a citizen journalist on the European Ladder Project, in the Visual Artists Newsletter and through The Donegal Women's Network.