Maria Juliana Byck is an artist and activist working in community engagement through video collaborations. As a member of the Paper Tiger Television video collective in NYC, she led the design process for a new radical media platform, worked on experimental live television projects, and collaboratively produced feature-length social justice documentaries broadcast regularly in New York. Her work on various projects in New York, Greece, England, India, Nepal, Vietnam, and Italy have centered on the themes of borders, subsumption, and commoning.
In 2014 at unMonastery she helped to create mapping the commons, a web-based tool for catalyzing community initiatives. unMonastery is a radical response to systemic crises through experiments in new forms of living and working that might provide insights into long-term solutions through arts, culture, and technology. Drawing inspiration from 10th century monastic codes and the concept of hackerspaces, unMonastery borrows parts of each model to engage closely with the local community to create commons spaces, reduce consumption and waste, and advance sustainable practices.
Maria’s work has been featured at MoMA, Pacific Film Archives, Wexner Center, REDCAT Theater, Anthology Film Archives, Transmediale in Berlin, Side Project in Jaipur, India, Art Confluence in Kathmandu, Nepal, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, La Generale in Paris, and broadcast nationally in the United States on Free Speech TV.