Awardee: Marisa MorĂ¡n Jahn

Emerging Fields, 2016

A transmedia artist of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent, Marisa Morán Jahn founded Studio REV-, a non-profit studio whose works include El Bibliobandido (a masked story-eating bandit), an audionovela app for domestic workers named by CNN as “one of 5 apps to change the world”, and the CareForce (a project amplifying the voices of America’s fastest growing workforce—caregivers—that includes two mobile studios, the NannyVan and the CareForce One). Jahn’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, ArtForum, BBC and Univision; supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, and apexart Franchise exhibition; and showcased at The White House, the Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Peréz Art Museum of Miami, The New Museum, and more. A graduate from MIT, Jahn has taught at the American Museum of Natural History, Northeastern University School of Law, and The New School.

Project: Video Slink Uganda

Commercially pirated Hollywood actions, Nollywood dramas, and Bollywood musicals reach millions of Ugandans every month. VJs (or “video jockeys”—think interpreters + carney barkers + stand-up comedians) play a unique linchpin in this media ecology: they liberally translate these films into the local language. In 2012, Jahn collaborated with Paul Falzone, a tactical media organizer in East Africa, and three VJs to insert artwork onto commercially pirated DVDs and into bibanda (public video halls where bootlegs are shown). In 2016, Jahn — who was weaned on martial art films — collaborated with Bruce Lee fans in Uganda and elsewhere to create Sino-Afro-futurist dispatches sent to the past, present, and future. The resulting videos will be sent to outerspace and slinked onto bootlegs.