Media Art Xploration (MAX) invites artist submissions to MAXmachina, an incubator for our live and interactive arts programming.

Artists, artist-engineers, and artist-scientist teams are invited to submit proposals for live and interactive works-in-progress that could reach completion with an 18-month residency. MAX is looking for projects that utilize listening in particular, embodied knowledge, and new research around sensory experience. Selected works will be presented at MAXlive 2024, an interdisciplinary arts festival, and need to be completed by January 2024.

Building on MAXlive 2021: The Neuroverse, our 2022-24 season of programming and development will traverse the boundaries between intelligences: natural and artificial, human and more than human. We wish to invite the selected teams to be collaborators as we bring these themes into live performance.   

APPLY BY March 25, 2022, 11:59PM EST  I  Grantees announced in May 2022

ABOUT MAXmachina

Media Art Xploration invites artists to submit proposals for works in dance, theater, music, experimental performance, experience design, and media arts. Proposed works must include a live element and explore themes related to our 2022-24 focus. Past works have included interactive installations, mixed reality performance, art works implementing scientific research, and more analogue pieces interrogating the promise and peril of our increasingly technologized world. 

We like unconventional ideas that cross boundaries, and familiar ideas made unfamiliar. Using traditional forms to illuminate the impact of science and technology particularly aligns with our mission; we appreciate a simple story well told. We hope to create critical conversations informed by science that encourage expansive ways of thinking.

If you have applied to MAXMachina in the past, you may apply again. We welcome applications that unsettle the historical norms of science, tech, and performance with new perspectives, new voices, and new dialogues 

We are seeking proposals for new in-progress works that have not been presented in New York City. This call is open to emerging and mid-career makers, including those who do not traditionally work in live arts. 

We provide funding up to $7,500 and additional production support. Development includes 1-2 workshops depending on scope and a final presentational production open to the public. Designers are assigned as needed.  MAX supports work that uses innovative solutions to the interactivity or the mis-en-scene to make the least possible carbon footprint. MAX’s overall support includes creative development, administrative expertise, and production support for realizing and presenting the work. Selected artists are expected to be in dialogue with MAX and their network of scientific advisors and engineers who are curated to support the development of individual works.  

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Track record of the artist or collaborative team 
  • Clarity of concept 
  • Accuracy of content 
  • Creative potential 
  • Feasibility of execution and presentation 
  • Availability of artist/artist team for cohort gatherings, workshop periods, and the public presentation in early 2024
Eligibility & Requirements

MAXmachina work will be featured in MAXLive: 2024 and cannot have premiered in New York City except under exceptional circumstances.

Participation in MAXlive 2024.

Regular meetings with the MAXmachina incubator participants.  

APPLY BY March 25, 2022 11:59PM PST 

Grantees announced in May 2022


Artistic Director Kay Matschullat
Resident Dramaturg Emily Reilly
Development & Strategy Manager Lingling Yang
Administrative Director Mariam Suffrand



Media Art Xploration produces live and interactive art that harness and interrogate the scientific advances of our time.

Our goal is to bring artists, scientists, technologists, and audiences where they have never been before, giving thinkers in various disciplines an opportunity to explore and imagine the future of our planet.

MAX sprung from the observation that civic engagement with and awareness of scientific and technological change needs to grow. We strive to make the work we present accessible to all. We support artists of diverse interests and backgrounds in order to foster a more equitable world.

The first three years of MAX exceeded our wildest expectations. We produced two biennial festivals, MAXlive 2019: A Space Festival, performing in premier venues in San Francisco and MAXlive 2021: The Neuroverse in New York.  With essential support from venue partners including the Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, Z Space, New York Live Arts and ONX Studios, we collaborated with over 150  artists and scientists to reach over 12,000 audience members. 

We rose to the challenges of the pandemic by launching MAXVirtual, a platform for live art pieces created and curated specifically to be shared online.  We also expanded MAXmachina to support more creators in the development of new work.  These artists were featured alongside scientists and curators in our discussion series, MAXForum.

Looking ahead, we are excited to bring New Yorkers together again to explore diverse intelligences, and our role in a dramatically changing planet, asking what its humanness amidst a growing awareness and attention to other species and intelligences

Past Festivals

MAXlive 2019: A Space Festival

MAXlive2021: The Neuroverse