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Mary Maggic


Mary Maggic (1991), born in Los Angeles, is a non-binary Chinese-American artist who completed a master’s degree at MIT Media Lab (Design Fiction research group) and is now based in Vienna, Austria. Their work spans amateur science, public workshopology, performance, installation, documentary film and speculative fiction.

Since 2015, Maggic’s research has centred on hormone biopolitics and environmental toxicity, and on the way the ethos and methodologies of biohacking can serve to demystify invisible lines of molecular (bio)power. Their work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA), Science Gallery London (UK), Migros Museum of Contemporary Art (Switzerland), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Germany), Jeu de Paume (France) and Art Laboratory Berlin (Germany).

In 2017, Maggic’s Open Source Estrogen project was awarded Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica Hybrid Arts, and in 2019 they completed a ten-month Fulbright residency in Yogyakarta (Indonesia), investigating the role of Javanese mysticism in the plastic pollution crisis. Maggic is a current member of the online network Hackteria: Open Source Biological Art and the laboratory theatre collective Aliens in Green.

Participates in the exhibition "Science Friction" with the installation and video Egstrogen Farms, 2015, with the collaboration of Benjamin Berman, Melinda Green and MIT Media Lab.

Update: 21 May 2021

Has participated in

Science Friction

Living Among Companion Species