Janani Balasubramanian

We are really excited to be welcoming the extraordinary artist and scholar Janani Balasubramanian as our 2020 Visiting artist. Janani Balasubramanian is a writer, new media artist, and immersive theater maker based in New York City. Balasubramanian’s practice involves deep collaborations with astrophysicists, as well as engagement with both old storytelling forms and contemporary technologies (such as augmented and virtual reality). Balasubramanian’s work has been presented at more than 160 stages across North America and Europe, including The Public Theater, MOMA, Abrons Arts Center, Andy Warhol Museum, Red Bull Arts, Ace Hotel, Brooklyn Museum, Asian American Writer’s Workshop, High Line, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Balasubramanian was a 2019 Innovator-in-Residence at Colorado College, 2019 Brooklyn College/Tow Foundation artist resident, 2018 artist-in-residence at the University of Colorado, and a 2018-2019 Van Lier Fellow at the Public Theater. Balasubramanian is currently a 2020 Hemispheric Institute fellow at NYU; a 2019-2020 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow; artist-in-residence in the brown dwarf astrophysics group at the American Museum of Natural History; a 2020 visiting artist at Stanford University; a 2020 Pioneer Works Narrative Arts Fellow; and co-founder of the Abundant Space Collaborative with astronomer Dr. Natalie Gosnell.  

“I aim to make my work accessible to broad audiences. In much of my practice, I collaborate deeply with astrophysicists to shift how we understand both inner and outer space. I understand both art and science as creative, research-based processes. “

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