Jesse Garrison is an emerging Los Angeles―based multimedia artist and video designer. He is currently an MFA candidate at the California Institute of the Arts, studying Video for Performance and Integrated Media. 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.
His recent stage work includes The Builders Association's "Elements of Oz," for which he designed and developed a companion app for iOS and Android. During the performance, a cueing server would activate the app in a number of ways, such as animated AR content layered over the scenery, text, audio and a YouTube chorus of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Other recent work includes "Asylum," an aerial theater performance in North Carolina with an overhead projector, "Thread," an evening-length dance performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival amplified by the use of infrared cameras and "Francesca, Francesca," another Edinburgh Fringe performance, which combined original 35mm slide projection with multilayered digital video projection.
His installation work includes "Or, Aurora," an interactive interpretation of the Aurora Borealis, "Om," an Oculus Rift―based biometric VR meditation experience, "CalArts Confessional," a platform for critique of the rising cost of higher education, and "Shrine," a quiet homage to dying technology. He regularly works with the Brooklyn-Based FakeLove, 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 recent premiere of Star Wars. 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.
His other performance work includes "Paradise by Design,” directed by Martin Acosta, “Lock and Key,” choreographed by Sophia Stoller and “influentialBody,” choreographed by Andrea Gise Kristen Smiarowski’s “Key Game” and a workshop production of “Things that Go Bump in the Night” by Katy Alexander, “Leave the Balcony Open” at 3LD, Sister Sylvester’s “Look Back In” at Grace Space and Sinking Ship Productions’ “On the Nature of Time." He acted as Associate Video Designer on the Builders Association’s “Sontag:REBORN,” and assisted on their “House/Divided,” and on Marianne Weem’s “Emilie” at Lincoln Center.