Maya Livio and JP Merz (Residency)
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I research, make media, write, curate, and teach about living and dying on a networked planet. Rooted in a commitment to environmental and social justice, my work builds cross-disciplinary bridges and probes at the contact zones between technological systems, social systems, and ecosystems.
My research, curatorial projects, and writing have been featured in, written about, and supported by venues such as The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, The Washington Post, the Institute of Network Cultures, NPR, Femmebit, Complex Magazine, VICE, The Baltimore Sun, The Denver Post, Labocine by Imagine Science Films, and Vanity Fair. My work as a curator and arts organizer has included, for example, programming and commissioning time-based arts as Curator of MediaLive, an annual international festival at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), as well as centering an ethics of care and repair as Curator of the Media Archaeology Lab, a collecting institution for historical technologies. I hold a MA from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD from the University of Colorado.
JP Merz is a Los Angeles-based composer whose music investigates accessibility, equity, and empathy while questioning notions of virtuosity and encouraging subtle listening. His music has been performed by yMusic, Altius Quartet, Brightwork newmusic, Playground Ensemble, Sound of Ceres, and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, as well as by members of Wild Up and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. His work has been featured by and played in Carnegie Hall, New Music Gathering, Madison New Music Festival, HEAR NOW Music Festival, the Abrons Arts Center, the National Flute Association, ACRE gallery, VICE’s Creator’s Project, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and I Care if You Listen, as well as record stores, cafes, and living rooms. In addition to composing for musicians, he has collaborated with dancers, algorithms, electrical engineers, internet researchers, and robots.
JP is a recipient of the ASCAP Foundation's Leonard Bernstein Award, the INSITE Fund presented by RedLine Contemporary and the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the American Composers Forum’s Jerome Fund for New Music. His piece, the be able to be not, is included on the self-titled album by Lilith, released on National Sawdust in 2018. Current projects include a new commission for yMusic, an orchestra work on gun violence, and a collaboration with Maya Livio on birds, AI, data, and conservation.
JP holds a doctorate (DMA) in composition from the University of Southern California. He has taught at the University of Southern California, University of Colorado Boulder and is currently Professorial Lecturer in composition and music theory at American University, in Washington, DC.