Jenny Odell is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is research-based, often involving encounters with archives or the creation of new ones. Most of her work encourages close observation of one’s physical environment, whether ecological or infrastructural. In both her art and writing, Odell is compelled by the ways in which attention (or lack thereof) leads to consequential shifts in perception at the level of the everyday. Her work has been exhibited at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, the New York Public Library, Ever Gold Projects, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Fotomuseum Antwerp, Apexart, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, East Wing (Dubai), and the NATO building in Brussels. Odell has been an artist in residence at Recology SF, Facebook, the Internet Archive, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and was the inaugural artist in residence at the San Francisco Planning Department. She has taught digital art and design at Stanford since 2013.
​Her writing has been published in The New York TimesThe Paris ReviewSalonMcSweeney’s, and Sierra Magazine. This year, Melville House published her nonfiction book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy