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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, ODC Dance Center, Facebook, and the Internet Archive. I also teach digital art at Stanford University.

My writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Believer, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, SFMOMA's Open Space, The Creative Independent, and Sierra Magazine. My NYT bestselling book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, was published by Melville House in 2019.

I am represented by Caroline Eisenmann (ce@goldinlit.com) at the Frances Goldin Literary Agency. For inquiries related to How to Do Nothing, please contact Stephanie DeLuca (stephanie@mhpbooks.com) at Melville House. Please note that I am not accepting further commissions, writing assignments, or talk invitations through the end of July 2020, and that I do not travel internationally during the school year. For some announcements, but mostly bird photos, follow me on twitter: @the_jennitaur.

recent / upcoming:
- "The Myth of Self Reliance" published in the Paris Review
- author talk at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, February 27
- in conversation with Malcolm Harris and Curtis White at City Lights, April 9
- in conversation with Joanne McNeil (author of Lurking: How a Person Became a User) at Green Apple Books (9th Ave.), April 10
- in conversation with Miranda July for City Arts and Lectures, April 20
- in conversation with Robin Sloan at Berkeleyside's Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, April 23
- "In Conversation: Mapping Untold Stories" with Liam O'Donoghue and Alexis Madrigal at the Oakland Museum of California, April 25
- upcoming artist in residence at Montalvo Arts Center
- 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