Jesse Shapins

Jesse Shapins

Graduate School of Design, Architecture and Media, Class of 2013
PhD Dissertation Title: Mapping the Urban Database Documentary: Authorial Agency in Utopias of Kaleidoscopic Perception and Sensory Estrangement
Capstone: ZEEGA

Jesse Shapins is a media entrepreneur and cultural theorist. He is Co-Founder/CEO of Pop, a new way to have conversations with photos, videos + GIFs. As part of his CMP capstone project he co-created Zeega, a platform revolutionizing interactive storytelling for an immersive future.

For the past decade, Jesse has been a leader in innovating new models of web and mobile media, his work featured in Wired, The New York Times, Boingboing and other venues. His artistic practice focuses on mapping the imagination and perception of place between physical, virtual and social space. His work has been cited in books such as The Sentient City, Networked Locality and Ambient Commons, and exhibited at MoMA, Deutsches Architektur Zentrum and the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, among other venues. He was Co-Founder of metaLAB (at) Harvard, a research unit at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and served on the faculty of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he invented courses such as The Mixed-Reality City (w/ James Burns) and Media Archaeology of Place (w/ Lucien Castaing-Taylor + Ernst Karel).


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