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Myrto Karanika

PhD Work

Exploring perceptual matters: a textile-based approach

My research takes a practice-based approach to exploring perceptual matters that often go unnoticed in the context of everyday lived experience. My approach focuses on the experiential possibilities of knowledge emerging through artistic enquiry, and uses a variety of modes (like textiles, sound, physical computing, programming, video and text) to be conducted and communicated. It examines scholarship in line with the ecological theory of perception, and is particularly informed by neurobiological research on sensory integration as well as by cultural theories that examine the role of sensory appreciation in perception.

Different processes contributing to our perceptual experience are examined through the development of a touch-sensitive, sound-generating rug and its application in an experimental context. Participants’ interaction with the rug and its sonic output allows an insight into how they make sense of multisensory information via observation of how they physically respond to it. In creating possibilities for observing the two ends of the perceptual process  (sensory input and behavioural output), the rug provides a platform for the study of what is intangible to the observer (perceptual activity) through what can actually be observed (physical activity).

My analysis focuses on video recordings of the experimental process and data reports obtained from the software used for the sound generating performance of the rug. Its findings suggest that attentional focus, active exploration, and past experience actively affect the ability to integrate multisensory information and are crucial parameters for the formation of a meaningful percept upon which to act. Although relational to the set experimental conditions and the specificities of the experimental group, these findings are in resonance with current cross-disciplinary discourse on perception, and indicate that art research can be incorporated into the wider arena of neurophysiological and behavioural research to expand its span of resources and methods.


  • PhD


    School of Design


    Textiles, 2010–2015

  • Myrto Karanika is an architect and an artist. Her practice touches upon a variety of fields such as spatial design, responsive art, textile art, sound art and biology. Combining soft technologies with traditional art practices like illustration, printmaking, stitching and embroidery, she creates textile-based responsive installation pieces that seek to unravel aspects of perceptual activity and bodily engagement mainly within the context of spatial experience. Her work has been presented and exhibited in a variety of different public contexts across the UK as well as in Belgium, Brazil, Greece, Italy, Romania and Sweden.
  • Degrees

  • PhD Interactive Textiles, Royal College of Art, 2015; MFA Computational Studio Arts, Goldsmiths University of London, 2009; BA Architecture, University of Patras Greece, 2005
  • Exhibitions

  • Smart Textiles Salon, MIAT, Ghent, 2015; The Story So Far, W3 Gallery, London, 2015; Haptosonics, NAC Gallery, Stockholm, 2015; Constance Fairness Foundation Prize, Upper Gulbenkian Gallery RCA, London, 2011; FILE Prix Lux, SESI Gallery, Sao Paolo, 2010; Accidental Festival, Battersea Arts Centre, London, 2010; EMS, The Shunt Vaults, London, 2010; Premio Valcellina Award, Museo dell'arte Fabbrile e delle Coltellerie, Maniago, 2010; Making Noise, The Horse Hospital, London, 2009; Noise=Noise, The Foundry, London, 2009; Ventipertrenta International Digital Art Festival, International Dynamic Museum of Contemporary Art (MIDAC), Belforte Chienti, 2009; New Trends in Architecture in Europe and Asia Pacific International Architectural Exhibition, University of Patras, Patras, 2006; 5th Pan-Hellenic Exhibition of Architectural Work, University of Patras, Patras, 2006; Beyond Media, Spazio Alcatraz della Stazione Leopolda, Florence, 2005
  • Awards

  • Prize, Systex Student Award, 2015
  • Conferences

  • Responsive Textiles: a Practice-Led Study on the Crossmodal Artists in Industry in Bucharest, 2012; Interactive Textile Membranes at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2012; Body and Space through Textile Media: the 4th Annual Fashion & Textiles Research Meeting, 2011; Haptic Space & Bodily Expressions: a Bidirectional Relation of Affect, AISB Convention, Symposium on Mental States, Emotions and their Embodiment in Edinburgh, 2009; Responsive Textiles & Immersive Installations: the Strings Project at the Goldsmiths Digital Studios Thursday Club, 2009; Strings: a Haptic Interface at the International EVA Conferences, 2009
  • Publications

  • ‘Looking at the Crossmodal through the Textile Medium’. The Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, Volume 2, Number 1, May 2014, pp. 89-108; ‘Strings’. In R. Barreto & P. Perissinotto (eds.) FILE Sao Paulo 2010/PAI/PRIX LUX exhibition catalogue, 2010, SESI Gallery, Sao Paulo:SIP, pp. 126-127; ‘Strings’. In B. Girardi, G. Morandini & L. Predominato (eds.) 7th Edition Premio Valcellina Award exhibition catalogue, 2010, Museo Dell’Arte Fabbrile e Delle Coltellerie Maniago, Pordenone. Litoimmagine: Rodeano Alto (UD), pp. 38