Virtual Book Club: Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

October 7: Introduction and Chapter 1: “The Case for Nothing”



October 21: Chapter 2: “The Impossibility of Retreat”



November 4: Chapter 3: “Anatomy of Refusal”



November 18: Chapter 4: “Exercises in Attention”



December 2: Chapter 5: “Ecology of Strangers”



December 16: Chapter 6 and the Conclusion: “Restoring the Grounds for Thought + Manifest Dismantling”



October 7, 21; November 4, 18; December 2, 16

7:00 – 8:00pm

Artist Facilitator: Aimée Henny Brown


Free | Adults aged 16+

Pre-registration required for this virtual event

Maximum 15 participants

Explore the countercultural art of slowing down and nurturing your imagination. Join artist and professor Aimée Henny Brown for a virtual discussion of Jenny Odell’s book How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. These informal discussions will consider our current experience of being “isolated in-place” and will challenge/explore ideas of productivity, objects, and labour.

We encourage you to read the chapters in advance of the meeting dates. Participants are responsible for sourcing a copy of the book in advance of the discussion.

To participate, you must have an email address, a computer or phone, and an Internet connection.


About Aimée Henny Brown

Aimée Henny Brown is an artist and professor of art at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She obtained her Master of Fine and Media Arts at NSCAD University in Halifax in 2007 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, focusing on print and book media. Brown has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and is represented by the Vancouver Art Gallery Art Rental & Sales Program.