Steev is an artist, filmmaker, and activist, originally from Iowa and currently based in Tucson, Arizona. He has been been doing a mix of artistic and political audio/video work since 1992 and media activism since 2000. He did graduate study in new media and electronic art at California Institute of the Arts where he studied with Morton Subnotick and Dick Hebdige.
Steev has made several films on a variety of social justice and environmental topics. In 2004-2005 he produced and directed On The Edge, a feature-length documentary about the femicide in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua City, Mexico. In 2010 he created a short film for the Sierra Club, Wild Versus Wall, about the environmental effects of militarization on the U.S./Mexico border, and in 2012 he completed a short fiction/journalism hybrid web series called Truth On The Line.
Steev has been a member of the Tucson non-profit video collective, Pan Left Productions, since 2005. In 2013 he became part of culture-jamming multimedia group Negativland. He has presented his work across the Americas, in Europe, and Australia and is the founder of Detritus.net, a website devoted to artistic reuse of culture. Steev maintains a homepage there at detritus.net/steev and a personal blog at steev.hise.org.