Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri (b. 1974) is a Greek-born composer and sound artist working in Berlin, Germany, Ithaca, NY and Zurich, Switzerland. Papalexandri’s works interweave the borderlines of sound art, musical composition, visual objects and performance and explore the factors that link these art forms.
Her work challenges the production and perception of sound by questioning the instrument as a sound-generator as well as the type of sound production and behavior of the performer. The world of sound and the visual appearance of Papalexandri’s works are in continuous interaction, while being uncompromisingly precise, pure and economical in their means.
Papalexandri obtained her BMus degree in music and MMus degree in composition ( MMus) from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Following postgraduate studies and research at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna (2008). She completed her doctoral studies in music composition (Ph.D.) at the University of California, San Diego (2008). In August 2016 Papalexandri joined the Cornell University Department of Music as Assistant Professor of Composition and Sound Art.
Over the last seven years, Papalexandri has created a series of works centered upon mechanical constructions, that allows her to acoustically activate musical instruments, objects and architectural elements and space presented in the context of composition, music performance, sound installation and sculpture. She is known internationally for her subtle sound constructions employing few means, which she makes both herself and together with Swiss-born kinetic artist Pe Lang. Their recent kinetic sound sculpture, Speaking of Membranes, is in the collection of Emma, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland.
Marianthi will be presenting her work at No Patent Pending #38 at the iii workspace on October 12.