Jesse Shapins is a cultural theorist, social entrepreneur, and media artist. For the past decade, his practice has focused upon mapping the imagination and perception of place between physical, virtual and social space. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Metropolis, PRAXIS and Wired, cited in books such as The Sentient City and Networked Locality, and been exhibited at MoMA, Deutsches Architektur Zentrum and the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, among other venues.
He holds a PhD in Architecture and Media from Harvard University, as well as a B.A in Urban Studies, summa cum laude, from Columbia University. His dissertation was titled “Mapping the Urban Database Documentary: Authorial Agency in Utopias of Kaleidoscopic Perception and Sensory Estrangement.”
In addition to teaching, Jesse is Co-Founder/CEO of Zeega, a platform and community dedicated to enabling anyone to experiment with the web as a creative medium. He is also a Co-Founder of metaLAB (at) Harvard, an artistic and scholarly community hosted at the GSD and Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Previously, Jesse co-created Yellow Arrow, a seminal project in locative media that uncovered the personal histories and hidden secrets that live within our everyday spaces; Mapping Main Street, a collaborative documentary with NPR that creates a new map of the country through stories, photos and videos recorded on actual Main Streets; Stadtblind, a gallery and research studio focused upon challenging the urban imaginaries of Berlin; and the UnionDocs Collaborative, a laboratory for documentary arts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.