Artist & Movician, Di Mainstone creates sonic sculptures, that extend from the body and trigger sound via movement…
The New York Times has featured Di Mainstone as one of the “new generation visionaries” of the international digital arts scene. A global ambassador for audio brand Sennheiser, Di Mainstone is artist in residence at Queen Mary University London where she collaborates with researchers from the Centre for Digital Music and Media Arts & Technology group, to develop new musical instruments that are inspired by the body, transforming physical movement into sound via digital technology. Di has invented the term “Movician” to describe the player of these instruments – a hybrid artist who explores and composes sound through movement.
Di has been able to expand her research into sound and technology through international residencies at institutes such as Eyebeam Centre for Art and Technology in New York, XS Labs in Montreal, V2_Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam and The Banff Centre in Canada. Gathering this knowledge she has created a pioneering method of building wearable sonic instruments on the body of dancers, which she has coined “body-centric design”.
Di has joined various institutes as visiting tutor, where she has developed workshops which invite students to sketch and build wearable sonic devices on the body, moving, testing and enhancing as they go along. These workshops have taken place globally, at institutes such as Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, London College of Fashion, Columbia University, New York University and Concordia University in Montreal to name a few.
Di’s sonic devices have been performed at home and abroad, most notably at The V&A, The Barbican, The National Portrait Gallery, Eyebeam NYC and the Swedish National Touring Theatre. Each happening is unique, revealing openings for audience and performer encounters. Her work has been featured in journals such as New York Times, Time Out, Dezeen and The Observer.
Di’s work can also be seen in films, which she writes and directs. Her studio is found up a windy stairway, amidst the reclaimed tube trains that roost on top of Shoreditch’s Village Underground, where her sculptural adornments are brought to life with dancers musicians and scientists.