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The Emergency Was Curiosity: In Defense of Useless Projects

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

A talk and Q&A with investor and producer Christie George about The Emergency Was Curiosity, an illustrated book report inspired by Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing. Christie’s project could be categorized as useless – there was no client, no publisher, no commissioning editor; she did this project for no other reason than that she wanted to.

During the summer of 2020, inspired by ideas about attention in Jenny’s book, Christie began making hand-drawn illustrations, watercolors, and collages as a creative response and a means to develop her own practice of attention. What began for her as a “book report” turned into a body of artwork, an exhibition, an event series and, more recently, a group project.

This talk will ask each of us: what is worth paying attention to? Christie will mount a defense of your most useless projects – the work that is hard to categorize, commodify, or sell – and challenge you to honor and follow your own creative attention.


Christie George,  Investor/Producer




June 4
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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San Francisco Design Week


419 10th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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