Jesse Colin Jackson


Jesse Colin Jackson’s creative practice is focused on object- and image-making as alternative modes of architectural production, manipulating the forms and ideas found in virtual and built environments through the expressive opportunities provided by digital visualization and fabrication technologies. Jackson seeks to position his work as a rigorous form of knowledge creation, without compromising its ability to register meaning and affect. To this end, his creative process is propelled by collaborative engagement with allied intellectual frameworks, including anthropology, ethnography, informatics, speculative design, and urban studies. The objects and images that result embody knowledge that inhabits the space between disciplines; the work creates opportunities for meaning that could not exist elsewhere.

Jackson’s work has been the subject of several solo and two-person exhibitions, including Skip Stop (Pari Nadimi Gallery, 2019), Marching Cubes (Pari Nadimi Gallery, 2016), Radiant City (Pari Nadimi Gallery, 2014), Automatic/Revisited (Toronto Design Offsite Festival, 2013), Figure Ground(Gladstone Gallery, 2011), Usonia Road (Larry Wayne Richards Gallery, 2009), and West Lodge (Convenience Gallery, 2009). Jacksonhas received project funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data Driven Design, and the Digital Media Research and Innovation Institute. He was a 2014-2015 Hellman Fellow at the University of California, and a 2008-2010 Howarth-Wright Fellow at the University of Toronto. Jackson is an assistant professor of electronic art and design at the University of California, Irvine. He taught previously at OCAD University and the University of Toronto.