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Jesse McLean

Associate Professor, Film


MFA, Moving Image, University of Illinois at Chicago
BA, Studio Art, Oberlin College


Jesse McLean is a media artist utilizing collage both aesthetically and conceptually. Motivated by a deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, her work is concerned with both the power and the failure of the mediated experience to bring people together. Recent videos put pressure not only on the relationships that develop between viewer and subject, but also on the ways emotions are lived in an age of mediated experience. She has presented her work at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide, including the Mumok Cinema in Vienna, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Views from the Avant Garde at the New York Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Kassel Dokfest, Impakt, and the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. She was the recipient of an International Critics Prize, (FIPRESCI Prize) at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and a Jury Prize in the International Competition at the 2013 Videoex Festival. She was a visiting artist at the 2014 Flaherty Seminar.

Her research interests include hybrid forms of filmmaking, appropriation and collage, video art, sound design and and the intersection between art and popular culture. She teaches courses in video production, post-production, appropriated media and video installation.