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about jarah moesch

Jarah Moesch (MFA, PhD) is an artist-scholar whose work explores issues of justice through the design, production, and acquisition of embodied knowledges. Jarah’s research incorporates queer crip theory, cultural studies, art, and design practices to develop new models for justice and to imagine new worlds.

As a scholar, artist, designer, and multi-modal educator, my research and pedagogy focuses on how knowledge is produced, distributed, acquired, and managed. My work is particularly concerned with how knowledge design practices perform as normative systems for all people, therefore excluding those on the margins. I do so through Queer Justice Design, my hands-on, critical practice founded in queer, feminist pedagogy, and integrated media art to produce new equitable practices and worlds.

My work on the Anthropocene, the ‘apocalyptic’ event, human space exploration, and the medical industrial complex are grounded in the social and physical effects of embedded histories of racism, gender, and disability, inequitable distributions of wealth, food and water, and colonization of land and people. My research investigates the production, distribution, and maintenance of knowledge pathways, and then builds new possibilities, from physical modeling and prototyping, to policies for designing different worlds.My artwork ranges from traditional forms of art to contemporary new media practices, and tactical social interventions. This multi-modal work explores the tangled relationship between technologies, systems, and embodied knowledges through the performance of everyday life.

Jarah’s artwork has been shown across the United States as well as internationally in festivals and exhibitions. Jarah holds an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College, and a PhD in American Studies from University of Maryland.

current appointments

Lecturer, Design, Innovation, & Society
Science & Technology Studies (STS)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

www.sts.rpi.edu

Core Member, Critical Design Lab
Vanderbilt University, 2018-present

Just Space Alliance
Board Member, Jan 2020-Present
Secretary, Jan 2020-Present

projects

A Post-Pandemic Reckoning:
Improving Metadata for Better Accessibility to Scholarly Archives for/with Disabled People

October 2022
with Erika Fülöp, Dene Grigar, Jarah Moesch, Richard Snyder
Reckoning, Care, and Repair at
Triangle SCI (Scholarly Communication Institute), Durham, NC

#CripRitual is an exhibition of artworks curated by The Critical Design Lab (Jarah Moesch, Aimi Hamraie, Cassandra Hartblay) in collaboration with Tangled Art+Disability and the Doris McCarthy Gallery

Exhibition Dates:
January 21 – April 1, 2022
The show will be at two art galleries in the city of Toronto: Tangled Art + Disability, Toronto and the Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough. You can also find #CripRitual online at CripRitual.com.

more info here

upcoming conferences, talks, & engagements

Disability in Space
The Future of Commercial, Government, and Military Space Exploration; Policy Studies Organization
September 22-23, 2022

recent conferences, talks, & engagements

Design Trust
Open Environmental Data Project
June 16, 2022

#CripRitual: A Curators’ Talk
with Cassandra Hartblay, Aimi Hamraie, Jarah Moesch
Access & Disability Alliance, Cal Poly, Pomona
April 18, 2022

#CripRitual: Designing Accessible Exhibitions
with Cassandra Hartblay, Jarah Moesch
Macalester College, April 26, 2022

Care as #CripRitual
with Cassandra Hartblay, Jarah Moesch
Anthropology of Motherhood’s Culture of Care Series,

April 2022

#CripRitual: A Roundtable on a New Disability Art Exhibition and Digital Humanities Resource
with Cassandra Hartblay, Aimi Hamraie, Jarah Moesch, Sean Lee
SDS @OSU, April 9, 2022

#CripRitual: A Curators’ Talk
with Cassandra Hartblay, Aimi Hamraie, Jarah Moesch
Codes of Contact. Reel Asian International Film Festival, Toronto Artist Incubator Workshop April 4, 2022

#CripRitual: A Curators’ Talk
with Cassandra Hartblay, Aimi Hamraie, Jarah Moesch, Sean Lee
Practicing the Social, January 28, 2022

Crip Use
with Aimi Hamraie, & Kelsey Acton
4S. Oct, 2021

Extending Metadata of Interactive Media for Better Precision and Accessibility
with Dene Grigar & Matthew Hannah.
ACH. July 2021

The Pause: pedagogy for designing climate justice
Covid Exceptionalism, Bard (online). May 2021

Cripping the Podcast
with the Critical Design Lab
Allied Media Conference
Detroit, MI, July, 2020

Designing Crip Feminist Futures
Politics of Health
International Health Humanities Consortium
Nashville, TN, March, 2020 (Cancelled)

Collective Design Activism in the (Health)Care of Everyday Life
SDS@OSU: Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability
Society for Disability Studies Conference
Columbus, Ohio, April 2020 (Cancelled)

Fellow, Building Healthcare Collectives
Michigan State University & Ohio State University 2019-2020
Community-engaged, actionable, and equitable health services research that will improve healthcare outcomes for vulnerable communities. www.buildinghealthcarecollectives.org

previous professions

Prior to academia, Jarah worked in digital media strategy, development, and design; building strategic plans for social media communications, designing training programs for staff to learn digital workflows, creating best practices for internal and external digital communications, and developing numerous websites from conception through launch; responsible for information architecture, user case scenarios, wireframes, user interface designs, visual design, and content production.

Jarah also has worked in broadcast television, film, audio, and video production/post-production. Events included Centennial Olympic Games, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS, concerts, teleconferences, other live televised events.

Jarah additionally has a background in animal care and in-situ field research, including work as a veterinary technician and zookeeper, as well as camping in remote regions to perform primate, whale, and turtle research; tracking and documenting encounters alongside audio and video recording for research and educational films.

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