Maya Chowdhry creates immersive and democratic experiences for participants, drawing from creating work in radio, poetry, Installation, video and online. Her current work uses the online space for transmedia storytelling, digital poetry and augmented reality artworks. The themes of her practice interrogate the areas of food sovereignty, world water scarcity and climate justice.
Her 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.
Her award winning writing includes ‘Butterfly Orchid’, highly commended in the Forward Poetry Prizes, 2017. Her collaborative work, ‘Tales from the Towpath’, an immersive story for Manchester Literature Festival, was shortlisted for the International New Media Writing Prize 2014.
She is 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.
Maya investigated wearable computing to explore the convergence of digital and live art. She was also interested in building digital bridges for potential collaborations.
During the Net//Work residency Maya investigated eco-anxiety and experimented with the use of wearable sensors in live art. For the webinar she shared excerpts of work created during the residency; including a prototype of an audio piece that explores climate justice, and which reacts to the emotional responses of the audience. For the exhibition, Maya presented a live feed of 'Galvanising Change' in situ at Hulme Community Garden Centre, Manchester. In addition the online audience had the opportunity to experience a digital version of the piece.