Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

NLE Lab: Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018


Lessons from the NannyVan

Saturday, July 19 2014

Created by Marisa Jahn, artist in residence with the National Domestic Workers Alliance and founder of Studio REV-, The NannyVan is a bright orange mobile design studio and sound lab that "accelerates the movement for domestic workers' rights nationwide." In this workshop, Jahn and her collaborators will pick apart the failures and triumphs of the NannyVan as it journeys around the US involving nannies, housekeepers, caregivers — and their employers — in the creation of new resources.  Jahn will also share what she’s poached from other media makers, event producers, artists, hackers, crackpots, CEO’s, crackpots, and community organizers. Participants will walk away with new co-design tools and frameworks for ideas for sparking the public imagination. 

Presented by Studio REV- /Marisa Jahn

When: Saturday July 19, 1-3 p.m.

About Marisa Jahn

Of Chinese and Ecuadorian descent, Marisa Jahn is an artist, writer, and the founder of Studio REV- (as in to rev an engine), a nonprofit studio whose public art projects combine creativity, bold ideas, and sound research to address critical issues impacting low-wage workers, immigrants, and teens. Jahn originated El Bibliobandido (or ‘story thief’), an ongoing living legend built around a masked bandit who, ravenous for stories, roves the jungles of Honduras terrorizing little kids until they offer him stories they’ve written; Video Slink Uganda, a project that transposes experimental videos by African diaspora video artists into the Ugandan black market; a contagious public art competition in Tajikistan for the best ten second poem juried by the Oprah of Northern Tajikistan; and a public art nanny hotline (think NPR’s car talk but for nannies) about the New York State Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Created in collaboration with the National Domestic Workers' Alliance, Jahn's latest project is the NannyVan, a bright orange mobile design studio and sound lab that "accelerate the movement for domestic workers' rights nationwide."

Jahn is the editor of three books about culture and politics, a CEC Artslink Fellow, a 2007-9 artist in residence at MIT's Media Lab, MIT Open Doc Lab, and has been recognized as a leading educator by UNESCO.

Her work has been presented at venues such as The White House, Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, Walker Art Center, Studio Museum of Harlem, Peréz Museum of Miami, Asian Art Museum, New York Hall of Science, and more. She has received grants and awards such as Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund, Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, apex art Franchise Curatorial prize; and received reviews in media such as The New York Times, Univision, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, ArtForum, Art in America, PBS Newshour, Boing Boing, Discovery Channel, and more.

Photo credit:  Marisa Jahn. The NannyVan in Joshua Tree. Photo by Marc Shavitz, 2014.

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