MaxMachina 2023 | Media Art Xploration

ABOUT MAXmachina

Artists and creative teams are invited to submit project proposals for live and interactive works-in-progress that reach completion with 7 months of project development. They aim to be expansive in how they define what a generative artist can be, and they encourage artists and technologists alike to propose work that challenges dominant modes of categorization, crosses disciplines, and enlivens our connection to live storytelling. Applicants may propose work in dance, music, theater, experimental performance, and media arts that include a live aspect.

They welcome projects that make familiar ideas unfamiliar. Using traditional forms to illuminate the impact of science and technology particularly aligns with their mission, they appreciate a simple story well told. They hope to create critical conversations informed by science that encourage expansive ways of thinking.


These are some of the questions that interest them and inform their programming:

  • How can live arts expand awareness and a sense of agency around an increasingly digitized experience to a more diverse audience?
  • How can we use live arts to expand presence in the virtual?
  • How are we able to expand our senses to become more connected and more responsible inhabitants of the planet?
  • What is humanness amidst a growing awareness of other species and other intelligences?


  • They are seeking proposals for 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.
  • Past applicants can reapply with new/revised material.

They welcome applications that unsettle the historical norms of science, tech, and performance with new perspectives, new voices, and new dialogues. Note that this year’s MAXmachina residency will support existing work in various states of development (from mid-stage to near completion). If you have any eligibility questions, please contact


  • Artist funding up to $7500
  • 7 month project development period, with 1 workshop and 1 final festival presentation

MAX’s additional support includes creative development, admin expertise, and production support of workshop and presentation. 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.


Application questions and material can be found in the application portal, linked here.

Applications must be submitted through the MAX application portal form. For ease of applying they recommend you prepare your answers offline and then drop them in the portal.

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria: 

  • Clarity of concept  
  • Alignment with MAX goals
  • Creative potential 
  • Feasibility of execution and presentation  
  • Availability of artist/artist team for mandatory quarterly cohort convenings, workshop periods, and the public winter 2023/2024 presentation.

November 15, 2022  Application Opens
February 1st, 2023, 11:59PM EST  Submission Deadline
January – March 2023  Panel Adjudication
April 2023  Residency recipients announced


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