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Maya Chowdhry

maya chowdhryI create immersive and democratic experiences for participants, drawing from creating work in radio, poetry, Installation, video and online. My current work uses the online space for transmedia storytelling, digital poetry and augmented reality artworks.

The themes of my practice interrogate the areas of food sovereignty, world water scarcity and climate justice.

I am currently working on an inter-disciplinary citizen science project with the National Oceanography Centre; collaborating with poet and artists Sarah Hymas and Alex Peckham to produce an augmented reality walk.

My most recent work, ‘What’s Eating Reality’, is an immersive live dining experience, commissioned by Lancaster Arts for the Nuffield Theatre. It utilises digital participatory theatre, live art, video projection and commensality to examine food justice; aiming to transform food consumers into food citizens.

Funded by Future Ventures Foundation I created ‘Coffee Justice’ an innovative environmental art project exploring, producing and distributing stories of food justice from the mouths of those impacted on by food poverty, and from those working for global food justice. It begins with a development project investigating the use of augmented reality as part of the dining experience. For more information about this and my other projects check out my events page or social media.

Previous projects include:  ‘Peas on Earth‘, a research and development project investigating the use of Augmented Reality to produce an immersive live experience. 

Ripple, a collaboration with poet and artist Sarah Hymas, presents works exploring the fragility of life by examining the impact of climate change on the Indian subcontinent. The Installation consists of interactive poetic sculptures, that used augmented reality to illuminate anthropogenic climate change. Exhibited as part of Gaywise Festival 2015 at the Menier Gallery, London. It was shortlisted for the 2015 Dot Award.

In 2014 I worked on Tales from the Towpath, an immersive literature experience for Manchester Literature Festival exploring the role of the Manchester’s waterways, in collaboration with Helen Varley Jamieson, Michelle Green and Sarah Hymas. Tales from the Towpath was shortlisted for the 2014 New Media Writing Prize.

I am interested in the application of social permaculture in my art practice to interrogate the areas of seed sovereignty and world water scarcity, some recent projects include working as Creative Producer with Metaceptive on Footprint Modulation, an exhibition of art and interventions exploring climate change, global justice and human displacement. I also collaborated with artist Àgata Alcañiz on Tearing Stuff Apart, a participatory arts and science collaborating discovering the stories behind everyday products.

My work has been exhibited on canals, in public gardens, theatres, galleries and on television.

I have also received an award from Inscribe at Peepal Tree Press for my poetry chapbook – Fossil. My poem from this ‘Butterfly Orchid’ was highly commended in The Forward Poetry Prizes in 2017.

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