ARTISTS STATEMENT - JESSE DREW
Mexico has been a a source of inspiration and energy for North American artists for many decades. With increasing globalization and constant transborder interaction, the influence of Mexico is stronger than ever in the psyche of artists north-of-theborder. Jesse Drew’s talk will examine some of the ways Mexico has surfaced in recent US time-based work, illustrated by clips and excerpts from film, video and new media.
Jesse Drew is a videomaker, artist and scholar who seeks to challenge the complacent relationship between the public and new media technologies. Working with video, electronics and new media technologies for over two decades has provided him with a unique perspective on new digital developments. His work has incorporated satellite technology, mini-FM radio transmitters, digital video, internet and website projects and multimedia kiosks.His work has been exhibited, cablecast and broadcast at the Film Arts Festival (San Francisco, CA), the ZKM in Germany, the World Wide Video Festival (Amsterdam), Incident (Brussels), Taos Talking Pictures, Dallas Film and Video Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the American Indian Film and Video Festival and many other sites. He received his PhD in Radio/Television/Film from the University of Texas and for several years he directed the Digital Media Center at the San Francisco Art Institute and was the Associate Dean of the school. He is currently the Acting Director of Technocultural Studies at the University of California at Davis.