Jesse Malmed is an artist and curator whose work in video, film, installation, performance and text has been shown across the country in venues such as the Portland Art Museum’s Northwest Film Center, Light Industry, Artists’ Television Access, the Utah Museum of Fine Art, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Pacific Cinémathèque, the Echo Park Film Center, Bard College, Skidmore College, the University of New Mexico, the University of Oregon and Microscope Gallery.
His work in video, film, performance, text and installation is typified by a strong interest in the sonic, visual and (extra-)communicativepotentials of language, a keen eye toward the history of experimental media art and an interest in the transcendent power of pure cinema.
Equal parts conceptual and instinctual, the work bears a zany levity that helps to buoy sometimes-incomprehensible blissmash visuals and dense textwork. In addition he programs the peripatetic Deep Leap Microcinema and writes for Bad at Sports and Cine-File. Originally from Santa Fe, he earned a BA in Film & Electronic Arts from Bard College and is an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2014). He lives (for now) in Chicago.