Irini Papadimitriou is Digital Programmes Manager at the V&A, mainly responsible for activities such as the annual Digital Design Weekend: a big-scale event of interactive installations, open & collaborative workshops, artists’ presentations and talks, showing digital art and design projects and offering audiences the opportunity to meet the artists & makers and explore processes. (themes have included Making and Technology, Gesture & Communication, Collaborations in Art, Design & Science); the monthly Digital Futures: an open lab event for students, researchers and creative industries practitioners, offering a space to network, share innovative projects, but also to nurture discussion and future collaborations between participants; and the monthly Digital Design Drop-in, a show & tell and pop up studio event in the galleries presenting projects on the intersections of art, design, craft, technology and science.
Irini is also Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans, an arts organisation presenting innovative work and supporting artists working with technology, where she is curating the exhibition programme and an annual digital performance festival. Recent exhibitions include Michael Burton’s and Michiko Nitta’s Isoculture, Stanza’s The Emergent City. From Complexity to the City of Bits, Anna Dumitriu’s The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis, Paul Granjon’s Is Technology Eating My Brain? and Networked Bodies: Digital Performance Weekender. She is also one of the organisers for London’s Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire, a day of making, learning, inventing and tinkering.