Sherri Wasserman constructs experiences at the intersections of physical, multimedia, and informational landscapes. She makes things for print, digital, and architectural/environmental spaces, creating content-rich exhibitions, installations, publications, websites, and mobile apps for wide-ranging audiences.
Her clients have included the National 9/11 Memorial Museum, the MIT Museum, the American Folk Art Museum, the Gapminder Foundation, Biosphere 2, Todo Mundo/David Byrne, NYU Abu Dhabi, and the Smithsonian. She was a member of the inaugural Experimental Research Lab team at Autodesk’s Pier 9, an artist-in-residence at the Prelinger Library, and a Santa Fe Art Institute resident artist; she maintained a long-term affiliation with the metaLAB at Harvard University and is an Imaginary College Fellow with the Center for Science and Imagination at Arizona State University. Wasserman received a Bachelor of Arts in visual arts and history from Oberlin College, a master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and a PhD from ASU’s Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology program in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society.
As a designer, researcher, writer, team leader, project manager, and professional storyteller, she served as Director of Experience Design for Unified Field, Strategist for Thinc Design, Design Director/Senior Producer for the NYU Abu Dhabi FIND project, and a research assistant for Drs. David Guston (working on a speculative futures project) and Kirk Jalbert (addressing how communities impacted by petrochemical pipelines engage with civic processes). She has also maintained a design, content, and strategic consulting practice for two decades, collaborating with a wide range of individual, organizational, and institutional clients--from artists to a Smithsonian contract for the State Department.
Before joining the design industry full time, she worked as an archivist, fine art photographer, documentary researcher, and museum educator. Her ongoing personal projects include long-term documentary work on the institutionalization (and omission) of narratives about the US nuclear-industrial complex, envisioning new models of public imagination for how we survive better together, creative approaches to the renewable energy transition, zines, and handmade books. She's spoken, taught, and participated in conferences, festivals, universities, and symposiums. She's published peer-reviewed articles within Curator: The Museum Journal and Environmental Justice, and she also occasionally writes for HiLoBrow.
In 2022 Wasserman completed her PhD, concentrating on increasing collective survivability. Her dissertation, a Science and Technology Studies approach grounded in her studies of sustainability, environmental justice, knowledge production systems, complex adaptive systems science, and futures methods, is titled CONSTRUCTING SURVIVAL: Collaborative Imaginations in the Face of Social-Ecological-Technical Uncertainty.
"spool five" is a reference to Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape.
contact : sherri dot wasserman at gmail dot com