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Saving Time with Jenny Odell


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Make time for a thought-provoking deconstruction of the cultural forces that shape our relationship with the clock, led by American author and multi-disciplinary artist Jenny Odell.

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Join Jenny Odell, the author of How to Do Nothing and Saving Time, as she explores the cultural forces that shape our understanding of time, challenges the notion that ‘time is money’, and offers new possibilities for experiencing time beyond the world of work and profit.

Shaking up the conversation about time in her latest book, Odell deep dives into the intricate connection between time and power, revealing how a clock designed for profit is linked to ongoing social inequalities, the climate crisis and our growing sense of existential dread.

In conversation with host Fiona Wright, one of the most exciting voices in contemporary culture shares her subversive and inspiring vision for how we can save time – and how time might save us.

This event is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.


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Jenny Odell

Jenny Odell is an artist and author of the New York Times bestsellers How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy (2019) and Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock (2023). She has been in an artist in residence at Recology SF (otherwise known as the dump), the Internet Archive, and ... Read more

Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize. Her poetry collections are Knuckled and Domestic Interior, and her most recent essay collection is The World Was Whole. She is currentl... Read more


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