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I am an multi-disciplinary artist and writer based in Oakland, California. My work generally involves acts of close observation, whether it's birdwatching, collecting screen shots, or trying to parse bizarre forms of e-commerce. In one of my favorite projects, I created The Bureau of Suspended Objects, a searchable online archive of 200 objects salvaged from the San Francisco dump, each with photographs and painstaking research into its material, corporate, and manufacturing histories. I am compelled by the ways in which attention (or lack thereof) leads to consequential shifts in perception at the level of the everyday.

My visual work has been exhibited at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, the New York Public Library, Ever Gold Projects, the Marjorie Barrick Museum (Las Vegas), Les Rencontres D'Arles, Fotomuseum Antwerpen, Fotomuseum Winterthur, La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), the Lishui Photography Festival (China), the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, apexart (NY), East Wing (Dubai), and the Google headquarters. I've been an artist in residence at Recology SF (the dump), the San Francisco Planning Department, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Palo Alto Art Center, Facebook, and the Internet Archive. I have taught internet art and digital/physical design at Stanford since 2013.

My writing has appeared in the New York Times, SFMOMA's Open Space, McSweeney's, The Creative Independent, Sierra Magazine, Topic, and Real Future. My book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, was recently published by Melville House. I am represented by Caroline Eisenmann at the Frances Goldin Literary Agency.

contact: satellite.traveler@gmail.com.
Please note that I may take up to a week to respond.

recent / upcoming:
- How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Seattle Times, The Baffler, Boing Boing, The Guardian, Broadly (VICE), The Ringer, and Longreads
- an interview about How to Do Nothing and "A Business with No End" on the Longform podcast
- How to Do Nothing on the podcast East Bay Yesterday recorded at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore
- participating in the Brooklyn Book Festival September 22

For announcements and updates, but mostly bird photos, follow me on twitter: @the_jennitaur