Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Year
2014
Location
India
Term
12/1/2014–12/31/2014

Thenmozhi Soundararajan’s project addresses sexual violence against Dalit women in India.

Soundararajan is a transmedia science fiction storyteller. Growing up as a Tamil Dalit she was driven to tell the stories of marginalized communities. This led to her founding an international media training organization called Third World Majority (TWM). Through TWM she worked in the United States, France, Tunisia, Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, and India. She was also featured in 2003 in both Utne Magazine as one of the top 30 visionaries under 30 and in Source Magazine as one of the top ten political forces in hip hop. Further, she was in residence at the MIT Center for Reflective Community Practice writing about storytelling, diversity, and future technology. This research inspired her transition to become a 3D director and rock musician. As a singer/director she fuses epic stories with complex visuals and melodies. Her films often explore interactivity, stereoscopic imagery, projections, and use science fiction to examine societal issues. While her music blends Indian, punk, rock, and R&B vocal stylings with thoughtful lyrics that draw from diverse themes including science, mathematics, esoteric mysticism, mythology, love, darkness, and hope.

Her work in the field has been recognized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, NEH Institute for Digital Humanities, Annenberg Innovation Center, U.S. Social Forum, Alliance for Community Media, Grantmakers for Film and Electronic Media, Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Program, Slamdance, Sebastapol Film Festival, Chicago International Children’s Festival, La 3d Move Festival, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.