Melissa Q. Teng (she/they) is a social practice artist, designer, and writer based in the Boston area.

Melissa often works with community members on issues around imagination and stigma, collective memory and data, and the design of public spaces. Storytelling and participatory making are central to her practice, which often leads to interactive, immersive, or public works. Most recently, her work explores how experiences of being seen and remembered can unsettle larger systems of hypervisibility and invisibility.

Currently Melissa is an Artist-in-Residence at the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, as well as a graduate student in the Data + Feminism Lab in the Dept. of Urban Studies + Planning at MIT. She is grateful to be part of the inaugural Collective Futures Fund cohort through The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Tufts University Art Galleries. Her research about design, technology, and community engagement has been published in New Media & Society, the proceedings of Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM SIGCHI), and the International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction. She has industry experience working as a UX designer, web developer, & data visualization creator, and her teams’ work has been recognized by the Webby’s, Kantar’s Information Is Beautiful, Awwwards, FastCompany’s World Changing Ideas, the New York Times, and others.

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︎Presidential Award interview with Elisa Hamilton
︎Researcher Profile interview with Will Pfeffer
Photo by Mel Taing