Full name

Joshuah Jest

Title

Integrated Media Designer

Location

Cambridge, MA

Biography

Joshuah is an architecturally-trained designer and video artist whose work focuses on blurring the perceptual boundaries between the digital and physical worlds by integrating media systems and content into the built environment. His current work at MIT’s program in Art, Culture, and Technology synthesizes his architectural design background at Rice University (B.Arch) and Thomas Phifer and Partners (NYC) with his research on projection mapping, media facades, and digitally augmented objects at Urbanscreen (Bremen, Germany) and Geist - his design and production studio.

Jest’s growing body of work seeks to reverse the paradigm of immersion, wherein the viewer enters a virtual sensory landscape by leaving the real world partly behind, and instead allow digital information, images, and phenomena to enter into our space. Here, in our natural surroundings, information and synthetic images are not immediately dismissed by the mind as immaterial signals to be left to higher (and less essential) processing, but are instead interpreted as indications of material consequence. Staged in this way, digital information and synthetic images can be perceived by a wider array of human senses and processed more deeply by the hindbrain, leading to deeper sympathy, emotional provocation, understanding, and retention of content. To achieve this effect, Jest’s wide range of works laminate various information display systems into works of architecture, installation, sculpture, and fashion.

Elsewhere
Education

Science Masters in Art Culture and Technology (S.M.ACT)

MIT

Cambridge, MA · September 2015 – September 2018

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)

Rice University

Houston, TX · August 2013 – June 2015

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BA)

Rice Univrsity

Houston, TX · August 2009 – June 2013

Experience

Director

Joshuah Jest Design

Cambridge, MA · 2008 – Present

All purpose design consultancy and production studio.

Director

Geist

Houston, TX · 2016 – Present

Production studio and media façade consultancy founded to support the Astrodome Conservancy in reanimating the Houston Astrodome as an unprecedented multimedia landmark. Lead creative content production, and interfaced with various government offices, organizations, and companies (NFL, HR&A Advisers, Harris County TX, Houston First) to develop the project technically, financially, and architecturally.

Founder and Product Architect

Promythic

Cambridge, MA · 2013 – Present

Championing new territory in electronic garment design and production with an interdisciplinary approach that balances technology, aesthetics, and wearability from the ground up.

Production and Teaching Assistant

MIT

Cambridge, MA · 2017 – 2018

Assisting Professor Azra Akšamija in ideation, research, design, and production of numerous international art projects, installations, and exhibits, including “Palimpsest of '89. Institutions of the Common” at the Moderna Galerija / Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and at the Boston City Hall, ongoing work in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan.

Intern

Thomas Phifer and Partners

New York, NY · 2013 – 2014

Worked directly under Thomas Phifer and associates on various projects ranging from conceptual phase designs to construction support. Notable projects: Corning Museum of Glass, House for Thomas Phifer, and various other private residences.

Intern and Fellow

Urbanscreen

Bremen, Germany · 2012 – 2013

Pushing technology and theory to merge digital and physical. Research and development for site-specific mixed reality (MX) installations. Concept development. Site documentation. 3D scanning. 3D digital modeling. Animation. Cinematography. Post-production. Model fabrication. Architectural model restoration. Firefighting.

Visiting Fellow

Brennerei Next Generation Lab Lab

Bremen, Germany · 2013 – 2013

Thinktank member for next-generation digital media at the architectural scale. Developed concepts for new methods of architectural and media integration. Applied concepts to practical work at Urbanscreen.

Freelance Graphic Designer

Threadless

Chicago, IL · 2008 – 2011

Lifeguard

YMCA

Tampa, FL · 2006 – 2009

Clients

The Astrodome Conservancy Harris County, TX National Trust for Historic Preservation Houston First Boston City Hall MIT Council for the Arts at MIT Threadless Harvard Harvard Museum of Natural Science Harvard Graduate School of Design Rice University Society6 Blik

Specialties

Projection Mapping, Creative Development, Architectural Design, Installation Design, Integrated Media Design

Awards
2018 CAMIT Grant: Gestations , Council for the Arts at MIT
The CAMIT Grant supports arts projects across all disciplines that engage the MIT community.
2017 CAMIT Director’s Grant: Field Studies , Council for the Arts at MIT
CAMIT Director’s Grants are awarded to support projects that engage the MIT community.
2016 Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts , Council for the Arts at MIT
The Schnitzer Prize is presented to undergraduate and graduate MIT students for excellence in a body of artistic work.
2016 CAMIT Grant: An Act or No Future , Council for the Arts at MIT
The CAMIT Grant supports arts projects across all disciplines that engage the MIT community.
2016 ProjX: Promythic , TechX MIT
Funding to help students bring their dream projects to life demo their creations at the annual xFair and ProjXpo.
2015 Selected Entry: The Portal , OISTAT
Competition for young architects and students to enter into the world of theater design.
2014 “Best of” Expanded Animation: The Colony , Ars Electronica
The best of animations take leave of their usual screening rooms for venues that include gallery spaces, cathedrals, façades and landscapes.
2013 Lumen Award: The Colony , Urbanscreen
Awarded to the most successfully innovative interior projection-mapping installation of those competing in Urbanscreen’s Lumen Challenge.
2013 Mary Ellen Hale Traveling Fellowship , Rice University
Awarded students field research proposals in art history, architectural history, and film and media studies.
2013 Distinction in Research and Creative Works , Rice University
Awarded to a single graduating student of each major who for excellence in independent research or creative works.
2012 Hyman & Pearl Paley Scholar , Rice University
2011 Hymen & Pearl Paley Scholar , Rice University
2010 Academic Competitive Grant , Rice University
2010 Hymen & Pearl Paley Scholar , Rice University
2010 McGinty Scholarship , Rice University
2009 Annette & Hugh Gragg Scholarship , Rice University
2009 Hyman & Pearl Paley Scholar , Rice University
2009 J M ad N F Clark Scholarship , Rice University
2009 Malcom M J McCall Scholarship , Rice University
2009 McGinty Scholarship , Rice University
Exhibitions
2018 Prototypes (Solo), List Visual Arts Center & Media Lab, MIT, Cambridge, MA
2017 Field Studies (Solo), List Visual Arts Center & Media Lab, MIT, Cambridge, MA
A collection of the first three projection-mapped vignettes in the Field Studies series.
2017 Center Pivot I (Solo), Druker Design Gallery, Harvard Graduate School of Design
2017 OPTIMISM (Design), Samuel Tak Lee Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2017 Dodo Dance (Group), Harvard Museum of Natural Science, Cambridge, MA
Popup installations for the MIT Graduate Student Gala
2017 A Summer Proposal (Group), City Hall, Boston, MA
Exhibition by Paul C. Ha (Director of the MIT LIST Visual Arts Center) features works responding to the building’s architecture.
2017 A Dome-tastic Gathering (Solo), 8th Wonder Brewery, Houston, TX
2017 Astrodome Gala (Solo), George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX
One night only display of the conceptual model for the Star Dome installation at the Houston Astrodome, presented by the Astrodome Conservancy.
2016 Schnitzer Prize Exhibition (Group), Wiesner Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2016 An ACT or NO FUTURE (Group), List Visual Arts Center & Media Lab, MIT, Cambridge, MA
2015 Lumen Gala (Group), Urbanscreen, Bremen, Germany
2015 Charge (Group), Farish Gallery, Houston, TX
2014 The Void (Group), Farish Gallery, Houston, TX
2013 Rule 11 (Solo), Brockman Lab, Houston, TX
2013 Prohibition / Exhibition (Group), Farish Gallery, Houston, TX
2012 NØT A RAVE (Group), Lyle’s, Houston, TX
2012 Ravehau5 (Group), Farish Gallery, Houston, TX
2011 Mies van der Rave (Group), Farish Gallery, Houston, TX
Skills

Projection Mapping, Architectural Design, Architectural Modeling, 3D Modeling, Model Making, Installation Art, Video Production, Video Art, Video Editing, Photography, Animation, Brand Development, Graphic Design, Event Production, Grant Writing, Creative Development, Advertising, Live Event Production, Laser Cutting, VJ, Drafting, Woodwork, Rotational "Slush" Casting, Reactive Media Design, Interactive Media Design, Sound Editing, Welding, DJ, Resin Casting, CNC Milling, Sandblasting, Metalwork, 3D Printing, UX, UI, Rhinoceros, Adobe Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe AfterEffects, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Illustrator, Resolume Arena, AutoCad, Google Office Suite, Microsoft Office Suite