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Maria Koblyakova

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Maria Koblyakova is a curator, producer, and journalist residing in New York City. Russian-born, French cultured, and American educated, she is currently concentrating in multicultural interactive media art. In addition to her major in Performance Studies she is minoring in Producing and Studio Art. Her goal is to understand the theoretical aspect of performance studies, as well as the logistics of fundraising collective performances and studio practice.  Her areas of concentration are in Mixed Media Art, navigating society through performance, and multicultural performance art. 

Why PS @ NYU

Based on my experience, I do not think that there is any program equivalent to NYU Performance Studies. When I was applying to NYU, I knew that I wanted to learn how performance works from inside out and how art institutions function behind the curtain. I was curious about how performance art began and where it is heading, and how it is currently changing the landscape of the contemporary art world. Performance Studies seemed like a perfect place to learn all of this. When I heard about Performance Studies, I was extremely inspired, especially being part of the inaugural year of the BA program. I believed that this program would be unique and as a student my ideas would be listened to attentively. But I couldn't expect that I would get even more: the extremely warm and family-like atmosphere, the very close attention of faculty, professors, my classmates towards my current projects, interests and long term career goals. Moreover, the department welcomes all students to visit lectures and events across the NYU campus. I find the program very much applicable to my professional development as well as personal growth on a daily basis, while being geared towards a constant exposure of performance art in New York City. Performance is omnipresent. Its presence is often intangible yet it is profoundly significant in the practice of our everyday lives. I am fascinated in the works and research done by the current generation of millennials. We are at a time of unique challenges and circumstances in encountering the unpredictable transitions into the internet age while having a well documented history of what has come before us in the discipline. 

Areas of Concentration/Study

  • Multimedia art installations
  • Interactive performance art
  • Site-specific artworks
  • Digital art
  • Interdisciplinary performance art
  • Performance as a social practice

Projects and Activities

  • Curatorial Intern at MoMA PS1: assisting curatorial staff with daily meetings and administrative needs, exhibition research and production, and installation coordination.
  • Journalism Intern at Moscow MoMA Magazine: writing about art happenings and performances. 
  • Film Producer: 50th anniversary GoPro Challenge at NYU Tisch School of the Arts- Produced and won the contest with video about the Department of Performance Studies & VR 360 Contest at NYU Tisch School of the Arts- Producing a video & Videopoetry (Bilbao Film Festival and Miami Experimental Film Festival Official Selection)
  • Producer of Performances and Media Art Installations in MediaMead Studio 
  • Producer of Independent Projects: Social network for NYC subway performance- www.tunel.us

"When I heard about Performance Studies, I was extremely inspired, especially being part of the inaugural year of the BA program. I believed that this program would be unique and as a student my ideas would be listened to attentively. But I couldn't expect that I would get even more." - Maria Koblyakova