Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a New York-based transmedia artist and theorist. As one of the founders of community digital storytelling, Soundararajan has used narrative art and media to further social justice and human rights causes in the United States and abroad. With the support of entities such as the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and MIT’s Center for Civic Media, Soundararajan has brought together scholars, artists and activists to combat caste-based violence in India using transmedia narrative art through her project #Dalitwomenfight.
This interdisciplinary project brings together New York-based Transmedia artist and theorist, Thenmozhi Soundararajan and two faculty from Ci3’s Transmedia Story Lab, adolescent health researcher and physician, Melissa Gilliam (University of Chicago, Biological Science Division-founder of Ci3), and game designer and scholar, Patrick Jagoda (University of Chicago, English & New Media Studies) as they explore significant social, cultural, and political issues that will impact possible human futures through a series of experimental and interactive digital narratives.
SIDEBAR welcomes Gray Center Mellon Collaborative Fellows Patrick Jagoda (University of Chicago Department of English) and Thenmozhi Soundararajan (activist, transmedia artist and theorist) in conversation about their fellowship project, Imagining Futures.