Jesse Garrison is an emerging Los Angeles―based multimedia artist and video designer. He is about to complete his MFA in Interactive Media at the California Institute of the Arts. His work ranges from interactive installation to media design for theater, dance and other performances. He uses a wide range of technology to examine the boundaries between the physical and digital, the performer and the audience. His recent work has incorporated everything from computer vision libraries and Augmented Reality SDKs to overhead projectors, colored oil and 35mm slides.
Recent stage work includes The Builders Association’s “Elements of Oz” (3LD), Only Child Aerial Theater’s “Asylum” (Skirball Center, Burning Coal), “Thread” and “Francesca, Francesca” at the Edinburgh Fringe and numerous CalArts productions including “Paradise by Design,” directed by Martin Acosta. Recent installation work includes “VROM,” a biometric virtual reality meditation experience, “Or, Aurora,” an interactive interpretation of the Aurora Borealis and “NewsPrint,” an anachronistic printing machine that combines social and obsolete media. He regularly works with the Brooklyn-Based Fake Love, an experiential design company, for whom he has worked on pieces such as an interactive projection-mapped sculpture for Twitter and a synchronized wall of 157 HP computers installed at the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Other client work includes a social media walls for Time Magazine and Citibank, a data-driven map visualization for Microsoft and a video processor for a journalism conference in Seoul. He recently gave a keynote presentation at the China Shanghai International Arts Festival and has taught workshops at CalArts, RISD, Barnard College, DCTV and BRIC in Brooklyn.
He is currently developing his thesis project, an interactive installation exploring our relationship with the forest, a GPS-driven narrative audio experience for a city park in Brooklyn, a site-responsive, audience-centric immersive performance, and a virtual reality examination of embodiment and the afterlife.
He is a member of The Builders’ Association and a Sinking Ship Productions Associate Artist. His work can be seen at takethefort.com.