Jesse Fleming is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists innovating the convergence of Media Art and Mindfulness. Fleming's motivation is to transmute, and at times lower our perceived boundary between self and other. To do this, he takes inspiration from contemplative maps where a practitioner is given systematic techniques to explore their world, perception, consciousness, and relation to other through direct experience. This inspiration is seen in Fleming’s artistic research and development — a hybrid output of his contemplative programming, media art, installation, and filmmaking practices in which he structures his work to elicit a selective attention towards witnessing and mutating the self-other dichotomy.
Fleming is currently a Lecturer and MFA Alumni of the Design | Media Arts program at UCLA, with an undergraduate degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in New Genres, and a participant of multiple national and international artist residencies. He has over a decade of mindfulness training and practice with a teaching credential from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center at The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, has led multiple Mindfulness groups, lectures, and presentations, and is a facilitator for mindfulness pioneer Shinzen Young.Fleming has exhibited internationally in public spaces, non-profit galleries, commercial galleries, and art institutions including Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Borusan Contemporary of Istanbul Turkey, National Film Museum of Frankfurt Germany, San Francisco Symphony, Colburn School of Music Los Angeles, University of California at Los Angeles, Hammer Museum Los Angeles, Creative Time New York City, University of Austin Texas, and 356 Mission Road Los Angeles. His work is in the permanent collection of The Whitney Museum of American Art, Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul Turkey, and he was listed as one of the top ten artists of 2014 in Artforum Magazine. As a filmmaker in both New York and Los Angeles, Fleming has directed, edited, and shot numerous projects working with artists such as Sigur Ros, Lykke Li, Explosions In The Sky, David Lynch, Doug Aitken, Matthew Barney, Laura Owens, Cyprien Gaillard, Matthew Richie, Francesco Vezzoli, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, The Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Deborah Hay, and for institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art New York City, The Guggenheim New York City, The Getty Center, The Hammer Museum, and MOCA Los Angeles.