About Jenny Odell

Jenny Odell
Stanford | United States

SDGC19 Speaker Jenny Odell

Jenny Odell Stanford University, lecturer

Jenny Odell (Stanford University) is an artist and writer based in Oakland, California. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Paris Review, Sierra Magazine, and Salon. She has been an artist in residence at Recology SF (otherwise known as the dump), the Internet Archive, and the San Francisco Planning Department. She has taught art at Stanford since 2013.



'Manifest Dismantling'


This talk will center on the idea of "manifest dismantling," a term intended to contrast the 19th century idea of Manifest Destiny and its ideological echoes. I will give what I consider to be examples of manifest dismantling, such as dam removal, creek daylighting, and do-nothing farming. If these efforts seem to be facing "backwards," it is only from the viewpoint of blindly "forward"-facing, capitalistic, and unsustainable ideas of progress.

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