Maya Offir Magnat is a performance artist, speaker and educator based in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has an MA in education and technology from Haifa University, M.F.A in Performance Research from the University of Tel Aviv and is a certified sex educator. Her thesis focused on sex education on YouTube, and how YouTubers perceive their role.
Magnat's artistic work and research deals with mediated intimacy, sexuality and technology, woman and technology and interactive art and games. She is interested in finding different ways to create new kinds of intimacy using technology.
Magnat is one of the founders of the "Intimake" community for people from various fields (makers, hackers, developers, researchers, educators, therapists, etc.) who wish to find different ways to create intimacy through technology, in the goal of facilitating closeness, intimacy and positive sexuality.
Magnat performed at various festivals, theaters and museums including the “Tzavta" theater, the "Print Screen" festival for digital culture, the "Tmuna" festival, Petach Tikva museum and the biennial of the moving image in Frankfurt. Magnat was a speaker about digital performance and mediated intimacy at festivals and institutions such as the Bezalel academy for art and design, the "re:publica" festival Berlin, and the "Lyst" convention Copenhagen.