Ms Maria Christoforou

Mrs Christoforou is an artist and an academic in the Applied Multimedia program, under the Department of Design and Multimedia, at the University of Nicosia (2004-present day).

Mrs Maria Christoforou is a Doctoral candidate at the Nottingham Trent University, at the School of Art and Design. She holds a Master of Arts in interactive Multimedia, a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Communication, an Associate Degree in Science and a Diploma in Secretarial and Accounting Studies. She studied at the University of the Arts, London School of Printing, the University of Nicosia, the University of Indianapolis and Pitman’s College. She was recently awarded the Life Coach title from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

In her persona as a creative artist, she is very active in organizing and creating exhibitions. She has mounted five solo exhibitions and participated in various group exhibitions and international festivals. Mrs Christoforou also participated in many workshops, seminars and conferences in Cyprus, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Portugal. She has gained many honorary diplomas and other awards such as Third Prize in the PlayStation Awards for the interactive movie “Elements”, (London 2002).

Additionally, she has two book publications: “From Canvas to Screen”, 2011 in which artwork co-exist with text, describing artist’s reflections & feelings. “Comments & Crisis, 2014, the book illustrates how the economic crisis influences & depicts our aesthetic in everyday life. Photos taken by the artist co-exist with text and comments.

Furthermore, she is active in writing articles in local newspapers regarding different multimedia fields, which include social and cultural approaches such as e-democracy, cyber-bullying, the benefits of interactive theater and other.

She also co-ordinates as a digital artist and play-writer in interactive educational performances for children and adults. The performances integrate digital media and challenge audience senses and encourage empathy. The plays are supported by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.

Mrs Christoforou is a co-curator of the international project Corona Haikus https://coronahaikus.com/ additionally, she participated as an artist to the projects “Corona Haikus Journey” and “Corona Haikus Visual Poetry in times of isolation”.

Her current PhD research focuses on challenging stereotypical gender roles through digital practical experiments, which invite immersive storytelling that is dealing with female aspects. The research is aims at investigating the emotional response of participants when they are engaging with an artwork in real and virtual space.

Mrs Christoforou main interests/specializations and research areas include mathematics and art, experimental animation/video, digital art, script writing, immersive storytelling, interactive narratives such as interactive movies, interactive theater and mixed reality environments.