Meeting with Ai Weiwei in Beijing for Creative Time Reports and The Guardian



Marisa Mazria Katz is a NY-based journalist/editor born and raised in Los Angeles. She has contributed to numerous publications and television channels on culture, politics and design, including: The New York Times, Time, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The Economist, The New Republic, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Art Asia Pacific (Contributing Editor), Travel+Leisure, Wallpaper*, Monocle Magazine, Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler (US), Chicago Tribune, Metropolis Magazine, Icon, Food & Wine Magazine, The Week, Departures Magazine, Domus, Abitare, Il Sole, Surface, City Magazine, Nylon Magazine, Bon Appetit, Time Out, Dazed and Confused, Ski Magazine, New York Post and ESPN The Magazine.

In addition to her writing, Marisa is now the Editorial Producer for Eyebeam, a nonprofit studio for collaborative experiments with technology toward a more imaginative and just world. She was also just recently made a Fellow at Kickstarter

In 2009, Marisa was the recipient of a US State Department grant that helped to establish a program that teaches citizen journalism in a severely marginalized district of Casablanca, Morocco. In December 2011, she began a new chapter of the program.

Marisa graduated as a Founders’ Scholar from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1998 with a BFA in Film and Television and Theatre. Her senior film, Sara, won a Warner Brothers Award and garnered an Honorable Mention for Directing from Tisch’s First Run Film Festival. She has worked on several documentaries and television shows, including Channel 4’s ‘The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall’, a docu-drama that detailed the killing of a peace activist by an Israeli army sniper that went on to win a BAFTA, HBO’s ‘By The People: The Election of Barack Obama’ and DreamWorks’ Spin City.

Marisa was the founding editor of Creative Time Reports. The program’s key goal was to publish artists’ unflinching perspectives on the most challenging issues of our times. With Creative Time Reports, artists were correspondents and brought their own unique spin to current events. Under Marisa’s tenure, the website co-published Creative Time Reports content with The GuardianAl Jazeera AmericaForeign PolicyThe New YorkerSlateSalonThe Intercept, and many more.

In her final year at Creative Time, Marisa became the organization’s Director of Media Initiatives. Under her tenure she launched In Situ, a site specific talk series in partnership with the New York Public Library featuring artists and experts in locations all around New York City. She also launched the organization’s Summit Podcast series.