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 an artist, creative director, and educator, founder and director of the mindfulness initiative Gatherall, a current lecturer at UCLA’s Design | Media Arts Department (DMA).
Fleming has an MFA from DMA, a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in New Genres, and a teaching credential from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center at The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He has been a participant of international artist residencies, led numerous Mindfulness groups, and given lectures, and presentations around the world.
Fleming has exhibited internationally in cultural institutions, public spaces, non-profit galleries, commercial galleries, including Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Borusan Contemporary of Istanbul Turkey, National Film Museum of Frankfurt Germany, San Francisco Symphony, Otis College of Art and Design, The Colburn School of Music Los Angeles, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Austin Texas, Hammer Museum Los Angeles, Creative Time New York City, LA Freewaves, The West Hollywood Public Arts Commission, 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.