What’s Eating Reality? at Leeds International Festival 2020

Excited to announce that my live art piece — ‘What’s Eating Reality?’ will be presented by Compass Live Art at Leeds International Festival — 7-10 May 2020.


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Digital artist Maya Chowdhry invites you to a dinner party with a difference.

Be inspired by a delicious menu of seasonal, local and reclaimed food, expertly created by artist and chef Helen Russell Brown. Watch as the dining table comes alive with moving images of food production and commentaries from local food activists.

What’s Eating Reality? is an augmented feast, in which host and maitre’d Maya orchestrates dinner using performance and projection mapping to gently immerse you into a new reality – one in which the food you love may be in short supply.

A score of sonic seasoning has been composed by Caro C, who will perform live.

We live in a critical time for food, full of challenges. British households throw away 4.4 million tonnes of edible food a year. Thankfully, innovative growers have come up with solutions such as using discarded coffee grounds to grow mushrooms and dairies are powering homes with what would otherwise be wasted whey.

This piece has been carefully curated to help you digest the journey your food has taken, from seed to plate through the lens of global food justice.

This piece shows a reality people might not be aware of; I’m hoping it will awaken empathy so that audiences can make better informed decisions.”

Maya Chowdhry

Commonword Digital Literature Commission

My project ‘Heritage Carrot‘ has been awarded a digital literature commission by Commonword, Manchester. I will be collaborating with artist Kooj Chuhan of Metaceptive.

‘Heritage Carrot’ is a site-specific augmented reality (AR) poem which takes place at Hulme Community Garden Centre, Manchester, and uses the audience’s own smartphone combined with a free AR app, Aurasma, to navigate and view the poem.

Following the commision the photo above shows the final ‘Heritage Carrot’ artwork

The augmented layers will be activated using a marker attached to a plant label and positioned next to the carrot plants, thus the actual plant is augmented via content on the audience’s smartphone. The poem will be explored through a series of audio visual sequences that the audience interact with through the screen of their smartphone.

Rather than a visual interpretation of poetic language, or an illustration of the poem, the experience will take the audience through the layers of the poem, for example, an animated sequence of a seed dispersed through time, transforming in the earth it finds in each new country. The poem will use the metaphor of digging in allowing the audience to both interact with the poem and their surroundings.

Further information about the commissions on Commonword’s website