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).
Janani Balasubramanian is a writer, new media artist, and immersive theater maker whose 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. Residency support for this work has included the National Endowment for the Arts, Public Theater Devised Theater Working Group, Abrons Arts Center, and Mount Tremper Arts. Balasubramanian's work has been featured in The New Yorker, Guernica, The New Inquiry, Harvard International Review, Paper Magazine, Bullett Magazine, and more. Balasubramanian was a 2019 Innovator-in-Residence at Colorado College, 2019 Brooklyn College/Tow Foundation artist resident, and 2018 artist-in-residence at the University of Colorado.
Balasubramanian is currently a 2018-2020 Van Lier fellow at the Public Theater and a 2019-2020 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow; artist-in-residence in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History; and co-founder of the Abundant Space Collaborative with astronomer Dr. Natalie Gosnell. Current projects include Rogue Objects, an audio AR experience about the unique lives of brown dwarfs; Harold and Okno, a Cold War era novel about an extraordinary friendship; The Gift, an immersive art-science performance experienc with observational astronomer Dr. Natalie Gosnell; and Lens, a series of VR essays about ways of seeing in astronomy, with Dr. Jackie Faherty.
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