Live Video Performance Art
Max Nova graduated from NYU Tisch UGFTV, where he focused on cinematography and experimental filmmaking. During his time as a student, Nova received the Warner Brothers Post production award for his experimental short, The Bystander Effect. His narrative thesis film, The Shaman’s Apprentice, received the George Heinemann Production Grant, and won the award for Best Short Film at the Castle Rock Film Festival and the Estes Park Film Festival.
After graduating Nova started creating live visuals and projection art, and went on tour with various shows, providing live visuals as the stage backgrounds for concerts around the world.
Nova created the course, Live Video Performance Art, in 2012 and has taught the course in New York each year since. The course was also offered for two summers as a study abroad course at NYU Berlin.
Nova is co-founder of the Brooklyn based digital arts collective, Optical Animal. Work by Optical Animal has been commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, the New World Symphony, Microsoft, Intel, Sony, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin, and the New York Times, among others. Optical Animal has also presented video and projection installations at events and festivals around the world including Mutek IMG in Montreal, Art Basel in Miami, Adelaide Festival in Australia, NXNW in Toronto, Times Square, and the Westbeth Gallery in New York City.