My work hijacks icons of high and low culture to generate meaning anew. I
make art based on the freebies offered by telecommunications companies, the timing
of apple harvests, the traffic patterns of soccer moms, and the ineffable Santa
logic that prompts terror.
My work depends on these contingencies; to understand, I slip and slink into
surrounds. I package the sacrosanct; I embrace the bastard.
Of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent, Marisa Jahn is an artist,
writer, and activist.
Marisa is the co-editor of three books about art and politics. "Pro+agonist: The Art of Opposition' is a book that explores the productive possibilities of ‘agonism,’ or a relationship built on mutual incitement and struggle. 'Recipes for an Encounter' is a book about the anticipatory nature of recipes together with their promise of what will unfold, take place, be consumed.' 'Byproduct:
On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices investigates artworks that involveembedding themselves within governments,
industries, and electoral politics to
produce byproducts of the system itself.
|Marisa’s work has been presented in venues such ranging from The White House to the international design firm, IDEO NY, to grassroots communities to cultural venues such as as the Museum of Modern Art, MIT Museum,
ICA Philadelphia, Walker Art Center, The New Museum (New York), Queens Museum, ISEA/Zero One, Eyebeam (NYC), the
National Fine Art Museum of Taiwan, and in San Francisco at Yerba Buena Center
Asian Art Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Marisa was a 2007-2009 artist-in-residence at MIT’s Media Lab, an artist
teacher with Center for Urban Pedagogy, and designer-in-residence at Street Vendor
Project, an organization that advances an agenda of economic opportunity, social
justice, and civil rights for street vendors in New York City. As an art educator
working with underrepresented youth since 1998, Jahn has partnered with and built
award-winning education programs with organizations worldwide and was recognized
by UNESCO in 2006 as a leading art educator.
In 2000, at the age of 23, Marisa and artist Steve Shada co-founded (and literally or physically built) “Pond:
art, activism, & ideas,” a
gallery-based non-profit organization dedicated to experimental and socially-engaged art. In 2010,
Marisa, with Stephanie Rothenberg and Rachel McIntire, co-founded
REV-, a non-profit organization that engineers imaginative approaches to advancing cultural equity through constituency-led campaigns for social justice, youth media arts, research & development, and activities that trammel the boundaries between the printed word and public sphere. A team of artists, advocates, media makers, low-wage workers, immigrants, and youth, REV- sparks the public imagination and accelerates social change. REV- is also the home of People's Production House, a ground-breaking media training institute that Marisa led as Deputy Director then as Executive Director. In 2012, after two years of highly productive and powerful collaborations, PPH merged into REV-.
Marisa studied at UC Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT). Her work has been featured in
international media including the BBC, ArtForum, Art in America, Los Angeles Times,
Frieze, Punk Planet, Clamor Magazine, The New York Times, San
Francisco Chronicle, GOOD Magazine, Make Magazine, Metropolis, the Discovery
Channel, The Wall Street Journal, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
www.marisajahn.com | www.rev-it.org