Consolidated Volume – c3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, AUS

Climbing is included in this curated exhibition at c3 Contemporary Art Space in Melbourne, Australia. Show runs 13th April to 8th May 2016

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Consolidated Volume
Joe Hamilton – Patrick Hamilton – Tristan Jalleh – Sara Ludy – Jesse McLean

“…satellite communication makes it possible to experience a rush of images from different places almost simultaneously, collapsing the world’s spaces into a series of images on a screen … The image of places and spaces becomes as open to production and ephemeral use as any other [commodity].” – David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity.
Consolidated Volume is an exhibition of video works investigating the role of technology in our gradual estrangement from a traditional sense of physical space. The artists attempt to re-order this visual chaos, and re-establish spatial and temporal boundaries to an otherwise sprawling plane of distorted form.

CONTOURS at The Photographer’s Gallery in London

My work is included in CONTOURS, an exhibition featuring Nicholas O’Brien and Scandinavian Institute of Computational Vandalism, that is on display at the media wall, at The Photographer’s Gallery in London, UK.

Show runs from 14 April – 3 July. I’m showing Marching Ants, Magic Wand and Clone, three video loops from my Invisible Tracks series.

About the exhibition:

Today’s multimedia software has made it easier to construct and manipulate images through automation, creating a tension between the creativity of the user and the machine. 

In dialogue with Double Take: drawing and photography, we present works by Jesse McLean, Nicholas O’Brien and the Scandinavian Institute of Computational Vandalism that offer different commentaries on how digital tools complicate the distinction between “drawing” and “photography”. 

Working with different digital assets – snapshots of Iraq, Google’s 3D model warehouse and the archives of Asger Jorn – the artists trace new contours through this material, suggesting new ways to read and activate meaning in photographic images today. 

Winter and Spring 2016 updates…

I’ve been holed up working on several new projects that I hope to have finished by the end of summer, but have some screenings coming up and recently past.


This year, I’ll be a juror at the Athens International Film and Video Festival, in Athens, OH. I’ll have a solo screening and get to hang out with Lydia Moyer and Kelly Sears as co-jurors, how rad is that? Also, Aerial View, the music project of Thad Kellstadt that I’ve recently joined, will have a performance! Looks to be an excellent April.

I’ll also be stopping by my alma mater, Oberlin College, to give an artist talk, have some studio/class visits and hang with fellow alumnus and pal Jacob Ciocci, currently teaching in the Art Department.

Recent and upcoming screenings:

Curated by Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy with Ambulante, Magic for Beginners will be included in a Flaherty Film Seminar program at Ambulante in Mexico City, Mexico in April 8-10, 2016.

I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining will screen as part of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival in April, 2016. It’s included in the Experimental Program, co-presented with Cellular Cinema. In great company with Lori Felker, Rob Todd, Olivia Ciummo and more…

Continuing to screen the excellent No New York program, Roger Beebe arranged the screening at UNEXPOSED Microcinema, in Durham, NC,  and also presented the program in January, (retitled ‘No LA’)  at Echo Park Film Center, in Los Angeles, CAI’m in Pittsburgh and it’s Raining is included in the program.

Also upcoming at UNEXPOSED Microcinema, The Being of Seeing, Durham, NC, curated by Anna Kipervaser. This screening is part of a series that features the work of artists based in the Great Lakes region. March 4, 2016. Remote is included. Other artists include Ben Balcom, Sky Hopinka, Emily Oscarson, Thomas Comerford, Kera MacKenzie and Drew Mausert-Mooney. Excellent company to keep with this program!

I’m in Pittsburgh and it’s Raining screened at at Casket Cinema, Minneapolis, MN, in January, 2016.

Lose Yourself screened in terrific program by Ekrem Serdar as part of his Emulsified Series. Emulsified #3: Obedience, screened at the Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, in Buffalo, NY in January, 2016.

That’s it for now! I’ll be headed to The MacDowell Colony in June for a residency and to finish some new work 🙂

Feelings, screenings…

Hello, here are some cool things happening/upcoming that I’m lucky enough to be a part of…

FEELINGS – VDB TV, curated by Rachael Rakes and Leo Goldsmith.  Really excited that Somewhere only we know is screening as part of a program on VDB TV, curated by Rachael Rakes and Leo Goldsmith. It’s an incredible line-up! And the writing about the program is terrific, as to be expected from such thoughtful and brilliant curators as these two. Feature-length program of moving image work under the theme FEELINGS. Artists include: A.L. Steiner & robbinschilds, Ben Coonley, Dani Leventhal,  Kevin Jerome Everson, John Smith, Jesse McLean, Dan Sandin, Basma AlsharifCooper Battersby & Emily Vey Duke, Leslie Thornton, and Nicolas Provost. Can be viewed here.

Kassel Dokfest – I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining will screen at Kassel Dokfest on Nov. 15, 2015. Wish I could be there to attend this fantastic fest.

I’m in Pittsburgh… will also screen at Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife, Brazil. Thrilled!

Somewhere only we know will screen as part of a curated program by Juliana Cope at Sunview Luncheonette a cooperatively run space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Sunday, November 8th7-9pm).

I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining has been selected for the Filmer A Tout Prix festival which will take place between the 5th and the 10th of november 2015, in Brussels, Belgium. Thrilled!

Also,  Festival International du Film de La Roche-sur-Yon, Nouvelle Vagues Competition, La Roche-sur-Yon, France, is happening now, and I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining synopsis sounds nice in French…

Et si les doublures avaient aussi droit à la parole, comme n’importe quel acteur ? Entre réflections et transparences, Jesse Mc Lean dévoile avec grâce et ingéniosité l’une des faces qui se cachent derrière la fabrication du cinéma hollywoodien.

Au revoir!


Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival – Inntravel Short Film Awards

I’m incredibly honored that I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining is not only screening at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival but is in competition for an Inntravel Short Film Award, with some excellent company and impressive jurors!

From the site:

The Inntravel Short Film Awards programme features some of the most exciting and ambitious contemporary filmmakers working today. Our jury, featuring filmmakers Beatrice Gibson and Salomé Lamas alongside curator Fatos Üstek, will present Inntravel’s prestigious award following the screening.

Rehana Zaman | UK | 2014 | 13

A Distant Episode
Ben Rivers | UK | 2015 | 20

Consider the Belvedere
Julia Feyrer & Tamara Henderson | Canada | 2015 | 10

From Our Own Correspondent
Lucy Clout | UK | 2015 | 10

I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining
Jesse McLean | USA | 2015 | 15

Sound of My Soul
Wojciech Bakowski | Poland | 2014 | 13

This Particular Nowhere
Rita Macedo | Germany, Portugal | 2015 | 8

Mediated Realities: Videos by Jesse McLean, Art + Artists Program at 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival

MILWAUKEE – The 7th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, announces its lineup for Art + Artists. Now in its second year, the Art + Artists program features a selection of films that explore and celebrate creativity in the performing and visual arts.

Mediated Realities: Videos by Jesse McLean
(USA / 2008-2015 / Director: Jesse McLean)
Clip from I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining:
This special presentation of works by leading avant-garde filmmaker Jesse McLean showcases her deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, especially as presented and observed through mediated images. Through deft use of collage, each of McLean’s videos subtly questions viewers’ associations with the information we consume daily, while reimagining a world in which everyday media tropes are reclaimed and transformed.