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Marisa Jahn is an artist whose work explores, constructs, and intervenes natural and social systems. Ranging in practice from deeply personal to highly participatory, her work often relies on the collaborative authorship and distributive intelligence of surrounding people and situations.
Jahn has presented and exhibited work in museums, galleries, and spaces at venues such as The Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, The American Embassy in Serbia, ISEA/Zero One 06/08, MoKS (Estonia), Vroom (Istanbul), Mama (Zagreb), the Moore Space (Miami), the Museum of Contemporary Art of North Miami, the Western Front (Vancouver), the MassMOCA (North Adams, MA), the Sonoma County Museum of Art (Santa Rosa, CA), the MIT Museum, Boston Museum of Science, and in San Francisco at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, New Langton Arts, Southern Exposure, the Asian Art Museum, and in public places in Tokyo, Honduras, Estonia, and Taiwan.
Since 2000, Jahn has co-directed Pond: art, activism, and ideas (www.mucketymuck.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing experimental art. Recent projects include: Invisible 5, an experimental audio tour of California’s I-5 Highway in collaboration with Amy Balkin, Tim Halbur, and Kim Stringfellow; OneTrees, an ongoing collaboration with Natalie Jeremijenko that involves the planting of pairs of genetically-identical trees throughout the Bay Area’s radically diverse microclimates; Kits for an Encounter, an exhibition of artists’ kits; and ShopDropping, an exhibition of reverse shoplifting (art inserted into public places of commerce) She has recently released the book Recipes for an Encounter along with Berin Golonu and Candice Hopkins available at the Eyebeam bookstore.