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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, the Marjorie Barrick Museum (Las Vegas), Les Rencontres D'Arles, Fotomuseum Antwerpen, Fotomuseum Winterthur, La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), the Lishui Photography Festival (China), and apexart (NY). I have been an artist in residence at Recology SF (the dump), the San Francisco Planning Department, and the Internet Archive. From 2013 to 2021, I taught digital art at Stanford University.

My book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, was published by Melville House in 2019. You can see my other writing here. I am represented by Caroline Eisenmann (ce@goldinlit.com) at the Frances Goldin Literary Agency.

For media and publicity requests, please contact Marni Folkman, mfolkman@prh.com. For inquiries specifically related to How to Do Nothing, contact publicity@mhpbooks.com. Please note that my availability is very limited as I am working on a second book.

recent-ish:
- interview on The Sacred podcast
- interview on NPR's LifeKit: "How paying attention can help you appreciate what's right in front of you"
- in conversation with Angela Garbes about her 2022 book, Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change at the Commonwealth Club, SF
- interview on Offline with Jon Favreau
- in conversation with Rebecca Solnit about her 2021 book, Orwell's Roses for Point Reyes Books

other selected interviews / conversations:
- 1A (NPR) radio segment: "Margaret Atwood And Jenny Odell On The Joys Of Birdwatching"
- interview in LA Review of Books: "Stuck in the “Right Now”: A Conversation with Jenny Odell," 2021
- interview in The Creative Independent, 2020
- interview on the Ezra Klein Show, 2019
- interview on the Longform podcast, 2019