Jessica Flemming was born and raised in Southern California and moved to San Francisco where she received her BFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2012. Jessica is currently focused on animation and the moving image, but continues to obsessively love the printed object and admire independent publishing. She’s convinced design allows a person to wear many hats — editor, researcher, filmmaker, writer, curator, facilitator — depending upon the subject or problem at hand. The real world will put this hypothesis to the test, but her main goal in life is to stay curious.
IF YOU COULD HAVE COFFEE WITH ANY HISTORICAL FIGURE, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
Having a cup of coffee with the director Pier Paolo Pasolini would be incredible. I’d have to somehow inspire him to speak about all of his different titles and the inspirations behind his work. Might require multiple cups.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOUR TIME IN DESIGN SCHOOL HAS TAUGHT YOU THAT YOU DIDN’T EXPECT?
Since Yale’s design program is a department rather than the entire school, there’s an interdisciplinary desire to participate in Yale’s larger community. Having access to research resources like the Beinecke and the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media was a completely unexpected and transformative experience.
WHAT ARE YOU READING/LISTENING TO/WATCHING?
I’m currently reading Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee, Apostolos Doxiadis’ Logicomix, Mark Fisher’s The Weird and the Eerie, and Samuel R. Delany’s Silent Interviews. I’m listening to Eliane Radigue’s Triptych and I’m watching Dr. Phil reruns on YouTube.