Marisa Morán Jahn





ArtForum’s Alex Fialho: “[Jahn combines] art and advocacy within and beyond gallery walls, exemplifying the possibilities of art as social practice.”


The New York Times: “[The CareForce One] film series documents a family road trip from New York to Miami, during which a mother, her son and their friends join housekeepers, nannies, caregivers and other workers along the route to explore how immigration and racial discrimination affect those jobs.”


Hyperallergic': “CareForce One Travelogues focuses on an American experience that’s not often in the foreground of popular culture: caregiving.”’s Gabriela Resto-Montero: “‘CareForce One Travelogues’ draws new connections between women’s work, race, and class.”


The New York Times’ Annie Correal: “[The] NannyVan aims to teach domestic workers about their rights…”


Hyperallergic: [The NannyVan is a] ”gussied-up superhero ride” and “a working diagram for other artists with a social practice to follow and build upon.”


CNN names Domestic Worker App as “one of 5 apps to change the world”


MIT Cast: “Jahn is interested in artistic interventions in non-art contexts, which is the subject of her book Byproduct. Her art is a form of serious play that demonstrates the value of injecting creative thinking into the the bloodstream of workaday culture. She introduces a trickster-like humor into public spaces and discourses, and yet it is a humor edged with political potency.”


Kamal Sinclair for Immerse News: A book authored by artist and educator Marisa Jahn, Byproduct (2010, YYZBooks), outlines “a robust culture of artist residencies and fellowships embedded in science and technology institutions in the mid-twentieth century. She noted that despite the resurgence of embedded residencies today, the history is under-chronicled, which can lead to organizations wasting cycles by reinventing the wheel.”


GOOD Magazine describes New Day New Standard as “a new public art project [..] using humor as a vehicle to educate workers, their bosses, and the public about the New York Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights…New Day New Standard turns the idea of an information hotline on its headset."


BBC Latino describes the power of New Day New Standard: "La novedad es lo que se escucha al otro lado de la línea: episodios con formato de talk show radial y en clave de humor, pensados para volver ‘digerible’ la letra dura de la regulación neoyorquina.”


After Jahn’s presentation at Obama’s White House, Chief Technology Officer, Todd Park, calls New Day New Standard "super cool.“


Fast Company calls Contratados “a storytelling tool …which helps protect migrant workers from fraud and abuse.”


The Nation’s Michelle Chen notes, “Contratados is a project that "meshes worker solidarity with digital technology in a user-friendly format—part pocket-sized know-your-rights training, part Yelp—with the the street-level sensibility of the workers’ centers that aid migrant workers on the ground in their communities.”


ArtForum’s Chloë Rossetti on Bibliobandido: "Now there are eighteen participating villages and five hundred kids involved in this whole charade.”


Joseph del Pesco in ArtPulse: “…disrupting conventions is built into [Jahn’s] politics […] and attitude toward cultural production.”


Dena Beard in Art Practical: “[Recipes for an Encounter] is like Guy Debord masquerading as Julia Child, or vice versa; its friendly instructions undermine elitist tropes, embracing the occurrence of a happy accident while maintaining a healthy distrust of empty gestures.”

Additional Selected Reviews


Selected from over 300 reviews, interviews, videos, and mentions

“Air du Temps: Carnet d’Adresses” – San Francisco.” Air France Magazine. 8/2007

Baker, Karl. “To fight scammers…a ‘Yelp’ for Mexican migrant workers.” Christian Science Monitor. 10/16/2014

Baker, Kenneth. San Francisco Chronicle: Arts & Leisure. (3/22/2002)

Beard, Dena. Book Review of “Recipes for an Encounter,” Art Practical. 3/26/2010

Berry, Colin. Interview on KPFA. (6/2004)

Bielak, Susy, and Ashley Duffalo. Walker Magazine. “A Conversation About Agonism.” 4/12/2012

Bonetti, David. “Industrial-Strength Art.” San Francisco Chronicle. 1/2001

Buucke, David. “Inside View”. Artweek. 3/2002

Cantrell, Andrea. “Artists Drop While they Shop.” 7/20/05

Cash, Stephanie. “Bay Area Then and Now.” Art in America. 1/2006

Channel 6, Russia. Interview about “The Whale.” 4/2011

Cohn, Terri. “Emerging Alternatives for the Twenty-First Century.” ArtWeek. 7/4/04

Coombs, Gretchen. “Care for Care: Studio REV-‘s Strategies for Engagement.” Art and the Public Sphere. Vol 4, No 1 & 2. 2015

Costa, Daniel. “New Website Brings Transparency Where It’s Lacking: The International Labor Recruiting Industry.” Working Economics, The Economic Policy Institute Blog. 10/10/2014C

Collins, Glen. "Council Hears From Vendors … on Proposed Food Truck Restrictions." NY Times. 6/16/2010.

Constanza-Chock, Sasha. “White House CTO Todd Park: Civic Media Know-Your-Rights Audio Interface is ‘Super Cool’!” MIT Center for Civic Media Blog. 9/21/2012

Cortés, Zaira. “La NannyVan de los derechos laborales recorre NYC.” La Prensa/El Diario. 5/3/2014.

Doctorow, Cory. “WoWPod: a self-contained hut for WoW players.” 5/7/2009

Ektermann, Marin. “Viies “Postsovkhoz.” Sirp Estonia Daily News, 9/2/2005.

Eubanks, Virginia. “Domestic Workers Harness Technology to Claim their Rights.” Equal Future. 6/18/2014.E

Fanning, Charles. “‘Yelp’ for Guest Workers in U.S. Challenges Employer Power Dynamic.” AFL-CIO Now. 10/1/2014

Finkelpearl, Tom. “Why Call it Art? The Aesthetics of Participation”. Queens Muse(um) Blog, Spring 2013.

Galindo, Fabiola. “Llega La NannyVan para informar a las nineras sober sus derechos. NY1 Noticias, May 2014.

Gangadharan, Seeta. “Digital Inclusion and Data Profiling.” New America Foundation Blog. 5/9/2012

Gopalarithinam, Ranjani. “Musical Couplets.” Fader. 09/2005, p. 62

Hansen, Heiko. “Contemporary Vehicle Design in Istanbul”, Cluster, Italy. 1/2006. p.11-15.

Healy, Beth. “State Senate Passes MA Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights.” Boston Globe. 5/8/14

Hsu, Jeremy. “WoW Pod Meets All of a Sedentary Gamer’s Biological Needs.” Popular Science. 5/1/2009

Hurwitz, Becky. “Case Study: New Day New Standard.”  MIT Center for Civic Media. 5/31/2012.

Huston, Johnny Ray. “Better Homes & Galleries” San Francisco Bay Guardian. 5/2004

Jaskey, Jenny. “Thanksgiving Dinner in 5 seconds.” (feature). 12/7/2009

Kiniry, Laura. “All We Can Say is WOW.” Make Magazine, vol. 19: Robots. p. 25.

Lettellier, Alexandra. “Faux Pod.” Los Angeles Times. 9/30/2009

Leaverton, Michael. "Open Source." SF Weekly. 1/20/2010

McGuire, Brydie. “Wearable Technology”, Beyond Tomorrow, Discovery Channel. 6/2006.

Meyer, Julien. “Air Portugal II at Pond.” Frieze. 2/2001

Moses, Asher. “World of Warcraft goes down the toilet.” The Sydney Morning Herald. 5/11/2009.

Nadeau, Renee. “Game womb in play at MIT.” Boston Herald. 5/17/2009

Nord, Liz. “Five Top Takeaways from Tribeca Film Institute's Interactive Day,” PBS POV. April 24, 2013

Nunes, Brian. “Picturing the Past with Marisa Jahn’s ‘NannyVan.’ Open City/Culture Strike. 8/1/2014.

Reddy, Sumathi. "Vendors, Businesses Spar Over Food-Truck Legislation." Wall Street Journal. 6/16/2010.

Rosen, David. “New Voices in Indie Media” Counterpunch (April 26, 2013)

Sinclair, Kamal. “Share Space and Other Ideas for Inclusive Innovation.” Immerse News. March 27, 2018.

"Street Meat Theater: Activists Fight Food-Truck Legislation." Wall Street Journal: Metropolis. 6/15/2010.

Slaton, Joyce. “Merrily We Roll Along.” San Francisco Weekly 7/4/04

Smith, Caroline. “Shopdropping.” CBC Radio, 6/26/2006

Smith, Greg. “Wow Pod.” (feature). 12/21/2009

Spotlight on New Day New Standard. Tribeca Film Institute Blog. Spring 2013

Suwwan, Leila. “Artistas subvertem consume com copias.” Folha de Sao Paulo 2/10/2005

Tellez, Magali. “Presentan herramienta tecnológica para migrantes ‘Contratados,’ El Universal. 10/14/2014.

“Thanksgiving Dinner in 5 seconds.” Discovery Channel online. 5/30/2009.

Tippapart, Tida. “Pull Up to the Bumper, Baby!” Oxfam Design for Change. 8/2014T

Ultreras, Pedro. NannyVan in Univision, 6 pm news. 5/19/14

Westbrook, Lindsey. San Francisco Guardian. 7/31/02

“World of Warcraft pod.” Make Magazine. 5/6/2009

Zassenhaus, Erik. 'Art Pics: Pond.' Punk Planet (feature) (2001)Zuckerman, Ethan. DMLlearning hub. 12/2011