Di Mainstone is artist in residence at Queen Mary University of London, where she collaborates with researchers at the centre for Digital Music and Media Arts and Technology group to develop new musical instruments that are “body-centric” and transform physical movement into sound via digital technology.
Di has created a pioneering method of building sonic interfaces on the body of dancers – she calls this technique body-centric design. She collaborates with musicians to develop “sound pallets” for each musical device that are inspired by character narratives, so that each instrument takes on a very particular persona.
Di has sustained her practice at the forefront of interactive digital arts by collaborating with organisations such as Banff New Media Institute, XS Labs in Montreal, V2 in Rotterdam, Eyebeam in New York and Queen Mary University of London. She has showcased her sonic devices internationally at venues including The Barbican, The National Portrait Gallery, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, and The Swedish National Touring Theatre. The New York Times have just listed Di as one of six “new generation of visionaries” in the international digital-arts scene.