FIRST STREET NORTH [2017]

An immersive presentation using a large-scale LED screen and dance floor to promote #MyFSN, a neighborhood campaign advocating for the preservation and future of historic First Street North in Little Tokyo for Sake Fest 2017. Created in collaboration with Francisco Garcia Nava and yaknowlike studios.

Conceptual Design: Eddy Vajarakitipongse of yaknowlike studios & Maya Santos of Form follows Function; Technical Designer: Eddy Vajarakitipongse; Director/Producer: Maya Santos; Animation Editor: Francisco Garcia Nava

Conceptual Design: Eddy Vajarakitipongse of yaknowlike studios & Maya Santos of Form follows Function; Technical Designer: Eddy Vajarakitipongse; Director/Producer: Maya Santos; Animation Editor: Francisco Garcia Nava

Festival goers on the interactive dance floor on First Street North © Maya Santos

Festival goers on the interactive dance floor on First Street North © Maya Santos

Video loop edited by Francisco Garcia Nava.


MEMORY BANK [2017]

Using projection mapping and audio reactive technology in this historic building, "Memory Bank" was a 2-day installation and open mic that encouraged the public to share memories and reflections of Bronzeville and Little Tokyo. Stories were recorded and audiences of all ages were invited to be part of this 360 VR documentation. Created in collaboration with yaknowlike studios.

Conceptual Design: Eddy Vajarakitipongse of yaknowlike studios & Maya Santos of Form follows Function; Technical Designer: Eddy Vajarakitipongse; Creative Director/Producer: Maya Santos; Research: Eseel Borlasa, Voice: Chazz Clarence Ross   © Eddy Vajarakitipongse, yaknowlike studio

Conceptual Design: Eddy Vajarakitipongse of yaknowlike studios & Maya Santos of Form follows Function; Technical Designer: Eddy Vajarakitipongse; Creative Director/Producer: Maya Santos; Research: Eseel Borlasa, Voice: Chazz Clarence Ross

© Eddy Vajarakitipongse, yaknowlike studio

© Agnes Stauber

© Agnes Stauber

© Rudy Espinosa

© Rudy Espinosa

© Rudy Espinosa

© Rudy Espinosa


312 AZUSA STREET [2016]

A site-specific video map projection located adjacent to Historic Azusa Alley, the original site of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME) and birthplace of Pentecostalism. Audiences experienced the piece as it was projected on land originally owned by Bridget “Biddy” Mason, former slave, FAME Church Founder, and one of the first African American women to purchase land in Los Angeles. Created in collaboration with yaknowlike studios and Francisco Garcia Nava.

Conceptual Design: Eddy Vajarakitipongse of yaknowlike studios & Maya Santos of Form follows Function; Technical Designer: Eddy Vajarakitipongse; Creative Director/Producer: Maya Santos; Animation Editor: Francisco Garcia Nava; Construction: Levi Brewster

Conceptual Design: Eddy Vajarakitipongse of yaknowlike studios & Maya Santos of Form follows Function; Technical Designer: Eddy Vajarakitipongse; Creative Director/Producer: Maya Santos; Animation Editor: Francisco Garcia Nava; Construction: Levi Brewster


OPEN DOOR [2014]

A closet installation for Architecture and Design Museum's "Come In! S,M,L,XLa" Exhibition presenting archives, facts, and interviews about L.A.'s first unofficial 'gay district' in and around Pershing Square. By exploring scale as it relates to perceptions of social acceptance, how boundaries are created, and how cities are shaped, OPEN DOOR presents a historic lens on place and sexuality particular to downtown Los Angeles. Created in collaboration with Rani de Leon.

Conceptual Design: Rani de Leon & Maya Santos; Research: Eric Brightwell & Karina Muñiz; Voice: Nancy Valverde

Conceptual Design: Rani de Leon & Maya Santos; Research: Eric Brightwell & Karina Muñiz; Voice: Nancy Valverde

Audio excerpts from interview w/ Nancy Valverde. Found archive footage and images of Downtown L.A. from 1920s - 1940s


A STREET / A RIVER [2015]

A video installation for Architecture and Design Museum's "SHELTER: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles", an exhibition featuring architecture proposals for new forms of housing along the LA River and Wilshire. Created in collaboration with Joel Quizon.

© Hunter Kerhart

© Hunter Kerhart

A STREET / A RIVER [2015]
How do people relate / adjust / adapt / coexist with a street and a river in flux?

Shot by Joel Quizon & Maya Santos; Edited by Maya Santos