Maya Livio is a researcher, writer, media-maker, and curator whose work probes at the contact zones between ecosystems and technological systems. She lives in the California Coastal Sage & Chaparral and Chesapeake Rolling Coastal Plain ecoregions (Los Angeles/DC).
Livio's interdisciplinary, justice-oriented research and practice have been supported and presented by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, Redline Contemporary Art Center, Labocine by Imagine Science Films, Wonzimer Gallery, Tetrapod Gallery, and A-Z West, and have been featured in venues such as The Washington Post, NPR, the Institute of Network Cultures, and Vanity Fair. She has commissioned and programmed new media as Curator of MediaLive, an annual international festival at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), as well as old media as Curator of the Media Archaeology Lab, a collecting institution for historical technologies.
Currently, Livio is an ArtScience Ambassador at the LA-based SUPERCOLLIDER and she has been awarded a 2023 Research and Innovation Award for undertaking a project at Airlie, the site at which Earth Day was founded. She holds a PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder, MA from the University of Amsterdam, and is Assistant Professor of Climate, Environmental Justice, Media, and Communication at American University.
In residence at Caltech for Spring/Summer 2023, Livio will advance her research on birds, queer ecology, and the logics of environmental datafication. As a Lecturer in Visual Culture, she will teach a course on the practices and theories of networked natures.
- "Salvaging Birds: Expanded Nonfiction about Brown Birds, Queer Ecologies, and Data." [Forthcoming Spring 2023] In Deep Horizons: A Multisensory Archiving of Ecological Affects and Prospects, Amherst College Press.
- "The Eco-Technical Interface: Attuning to the Instrumental." In Proceedings of CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '22).
- "Lagomorph Lessons: Feminist Ethics for Environmental Sensing and Making Sense." In Multispecies Storytelling in Intermedial Practices, Punctum Books.
- "Towards Feminist Labs: Provocations for Collective Knowledge-Making." In Critical Makers Reader, Institute of Network Cultures.
- "Exploring Noticing as Method in Design Research." In Proceedings of the 2019 Designing Interactive Systems Conference: DIS ‘19.
- "Methods for Noticing Workbook." First implemented at Designing Interactive Systems Conference: DIS ‘19.