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You may have just thrown away a valuable piece of art

There is a long running arts residency in San Francisco at a rather unlikely place: the city dump.

Over the last year, while the resident artist at San Francisco Recology, Jenny Odell created the Bureau of Suspended Objects, elevating trash to art through hours of internet research and meticulous cataloguing. While the work deals with physical objects, the exaltation of those objects is a digital endeavor. Odell mines the internet for manufacturing details, creates QR codes for interactivity, and curates information in a way that was impossible in a pre-internet age.

Walk through her artistic process as she proves the old adage: one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

filmed by Alan Sanchez

edited by Debora Silva-Colligan

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