Digital Media Ph.D. 2011
Faculty, Spelman College
Ayoka Chenzira is a filmmaker, interaction digital media artist, and educator. She is one of the first graduates, and the first African American, to earn a Ph.D. in Digital Media from Georgia Tech. A prolific African American woman media maker, her time-based art focus has allowed her to embrace rapidly changing technical and creative advances resulting in a rich body of work that includes filmmaking, interaction design, and interactive theater. Ayoka created HERadventure, an interactive sci-fi feminist game, with her daughter HaJ, that was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
She is the director of the play Funnel Cake Flowers & the Urban Chameleons, an interactive work that features live tweeting from the audience as part of its storyline. Currently she is working with a team from Spelman College to create an interactive installation that is driven by electric fish.
In addition to her work as an artist, Ayoka is on faculty at Spelman College where she was invited to be the first distinguished professor in the arts. She is the division chair for the arts, the founding director of the Digital Moving Image Salon, and the interim chair of the Department of Art and Art History.