culture/nature/structure

Meghan Moe Beitiks

Research.

“A Lab for Apologies and Forgiveness,” an artists’ book from Candor Arts (2021).

My artistic research explores perceptions of ecologies, and what it means to perform with the non-human. I am currently an Interdisciplinary Studio Art Lecturer at the University of Florida, where I am affiliated faculty with the Center for Arts in Medicine and the Center for Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Research. Please see my Artist Statement for an overview. 

My work has been published in the Journal for Artistic Research, Performance Philosophy, World Futures, and the Unlikely Journal for the Creative Arts, I have previously been a writer for inhabitat.com and culturebot.org, and was formerly a convener for Performance Philosophy, where I acted as an occasional peer reviewer.

I am currently one of the editors of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts Quarterly, the Creative Works editor for interconnections journal of posthumanism, and have created books on past artistic projects for Candor Arts and Routledge.

Below are a smattering of posts related to my research and teaching: for an updated list of publications, a bibliography of reviewed works, or a current Statement of Teaching Philosophy, please contact me .

MY WORK.

Here’s what I’m reading lately.

STUDENT WORK.

Universities are part of the legacy of colonialism. This legacy includes violent patriarchal, speciesist, misogynist and homophobic research traditions and cultures. I strive for rigor in both my teaching and research while pushing disciplinary boundaries and norms, in part to disrupt these legacies.

In all aspects of my work, I personally strive to unlearn white supremacy and internalized hegemonies. That is: I try not to be an asshole to others and myself. I hold my colleagues and students humanely accountable, and expect to be held accountable in turn. I say this explicitly because academia enables a cruel hypocrisy that believes itself to be rigor:  an ability to isolate our values to that which is codified by the institution. My research parameters require I continually examine my own behavior in their context, and facilitate difficult conversations amongst my students when our collective prejudices emerge.

Pedagogically, I specialize in contemporary foundations and time-based media (including performance, video, sound etc) as well as explorations of technology, site, sustainability, bodies, identities, ecologies and the non-human. I thrive on supporting students in finding their own voices, regardless of medium, process or context.