Irini Papadimitriou

Head of Studies Arts & Culture

Irini Papadimitriou is a curator and cultural manager, whose practice draws on interdisciplinary and critical discourse to explore the impact of technology in society and culture, and the role of art in helping us engage with contemporary issues. Currently Creative Director at FutureEverything, an arts organisation and innovation lab in Manchester, she was previously Digital Programmes Manager at the V&A - where she initiated and curated programmes such as the annual Digital Design Weekend festival, Digital Futures, art & design commissions, symposia and more; and Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans, curating the exhibitions programme and an annual Digital Performance Festival.

Her display, Artificially Intelligent, was exhibited at the V&A in 2018 and in 2021 she curated You and AI: Through the Algorithmic Lens for Onassis Foundation in Athens, followed by Plásmata: Bodies, Dreams, and Data in 2022.

Irini is a co-founder of Maker Assembly, a critical gathering about maker culture, and she has been a co-curator for the Arts & Culture experience at Mozilla Festival, including the 2019 exhibition Trustworthy AI: Imagining Better Machine Decision Making.

She is an Industry Advisory Group member for SODA (School of Digital Arts) at Manchester Metropolitan University, a recipient of curatorial research programmes including MOBIUS (Finnish Institute), Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer, Mondriaan Fonds and British Council and she has served as a jury member for Prix Ars Electronica, D&AD Awards, Lumen Prize, EU STARTS and ACM Siggraph.