melissa q. teng is a socially motivated artist and designer whose multimedia works explore the interdependence of memory and imagination, often with communities recovering from captivity or violence. Currently she is working on a counter-memory documentary project called The Little Archive in Argentina with filmmakers Rodrigo Caprotti and Luisina Pozzo Ardizzi. She is a graduate student in the Data + Feminism Lab in the Dept. of Urban Studies + Planning at MIT.
She previously worked as a civic designer at the Engagement Lab, where she created a program for women transitioning out of prison, using peer-supported conversations, 360° videos, and VR, as well as co-taught a participatory design course at Emerson College in partnership with the City of Boston’s Office of Returning Citizens. Melissa has exhibited or curated artwork with Boston CyberArts, the Distillery Gallery, and EMW Community Space. She worked as a UX + data visualization designer at Datawheel, and her team’s work was recognized by the Webby’s, Kantar’s Information Is Beautiful, Awwwards, FastCompany’s World Changing Ideas, the New York Times, and others.
- Presidential Award interview with Elisa Hamilton
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