MAXlive 2023 Where is My Body?

November 8-11

A festival of music, dance, and interactive performance that explores how new technology shapes our relationship to our bodies. Through beauty, humor, violence, and augmented sensory capacities, these new works tackle the unstable dynamic between real and virtual bodies, and allow us to reencounter ourselves as individuals and in community.


Modesto “Flako” Jimenez

Kameron Neal & Paul Pinto

Kate Ladenheim

Lisa Jamhoury

Luca Renzi & Mike Tyus

Matt Romein

Paula Matthusen & The Knights 

Sister Sylvester


  • Bag of Worms
    NOV 10-11 Matt Romein
    Interactive performance with a gamer’s pov
  • My Body is An Instrument
    NOV 8 Mike Tyus & Luca Renzi
    Opening Night of Dance + High Fidelity Sound
  • making the whole world a sky
    NOV 11 The Knights & Paula Matthusen
    NOV 9 Kate Ladenheim
    Interactive dance-theater where you are the judge
  • Mercedes VR
    Nov 11 Flako Jimenez
    An intimate VR journey into a grandmother’s love
  • Good genes
    NOV 10 Sister Sylvester
    A cabaret complete with scienctifically-inspired cocktail
  • Whiteness (Excerpts)
    NOV 7 Paul Pinto & Kameron Neal
    A cantata performed live and in multiple dimensions at once
  • Maquette
    Nov 10-11 Lisa Jamhoury
    Live interactive dance with acrobatic avatars


National Sawdust

80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Programs at National Sawdust

Commit! Kate Ladenheim

Good Genes Sister Sylvester

making the whole world a sky The Knights and Paula Matthusen

My Body is an Instrument Mike Tyus and Luca Renzi

ONX Studio

645 5th Ave, Lower Level, NY 10022

Programs at ONX Studio

Bag of Worms Matt Romein

Maquette Lisa Jamhoury

Mercedes Flako Jimenez

Whiteness Kameron Neal and Paul Pinto


  • Françoise Voranger
    Françoise comes from generations and a lifetime of dance and...
  • Andrea Nicole Ortiz
    Nikki began exploring movement through dance, rhythmic gymnastics and yoga....
  • Anthony (Grasshopper) Mitchell
    Grasshopper has been a professional contortionist and aerial artist for...
  • Graham Reese
    Graham started his movement practice at 13 with breakdancing which...
  • Kevin Peter He
    Kevin Peter He is a filmmaker and real-time visual artist...
  • Sneha Belkhale
    Sneha Belkhale is a real-time graphics engineer with a background...
  • Yilin Zhang
    Yilin is a technical artist with a passion for creating...
  • Mary John Frank
    Mary John Frank is a New York-based director, choreographer and...

Our Scientific Partners and Providers of Technology Support


Media Art Xploration (MAX) is a NYC-based non-profit production company that was founded in 2018 by Founding Director Kay Matschullat to support the development, production, and presentation of compelling and artistically sophisticated new work that brings important questions surrounding scientific research and emerging technology to the public in an accessible format. As accelerating climate change, technologies such as artificial intelligence chatbots and AI surveillance, and new research into animal intelligence and perception call into question our role as humans, we believe that it is imperative that artists working in live performance and immersive installation are given adequate resources to explore these developments.

From a science communication standpoint, we believe that works experienced live have a unique ability to catalyze deep emotional transformation and intellectual consideration. MAX aims to bring both arts and science audiences together and strengthen the production capacity of the greater arts ecosystem by providing substantive production support to artists both familiar and new to engaging with science and emerging technologies. In addition to supporting new commissions, we also produce a biennial live performance festival, MAXlive, featuring new works by choreographers, playwrights, composers, and technologists that grapple with the most pressing issues of our time; host a live conversation series MAXforum where artists and scientists share their processes with the public; and run a open call performance laboratory where works are incubated and developed.

The MAXlive festival is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

The MAXlive Festival and the MAXmachina laboratory program are supported in part by Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation, and by the Ettinger Foundation.