Jesse Fleming is part of an emerging group of artists and technologist 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 practicioner is given systematic techniques to explore their world, perception, consciousness, and relation to other through direct experience. This inspiration in seen in Fleming’s artistic research and development — a hybrid output of his contemplative, media art, installation, and filmmaking backgrounds in which he structures his work to elicit a selective attention toward 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, is a facilitator for the science of mindfulness pioneer Shinzen Young, and has led multiple Mindfulness groups, lectures, and presentations.Fleming has exhibited internationally in public spaces, non-profit galleries, commercial galleries, and art institutions including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Borusan Contemporary of Istanbul Turkey, and The National Film Museum of Frankfurt Germany, The San Francisco Symphony, The Colburn School of Music Los Angeles, University of California at Los Angeles, The Hammer Museum Los Angeles, Creative Time New York City, The 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 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 Cunningam 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.