Artist-in-Residence, Conversation, Screening, Talk
FLAX Project

Alison O’Daniel: Skater’s Score

SKATER’S SCORE
March 16-April 14, 2019 at Studio 13-16 – Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Opening on March 16 at 2pm.
Opening hours on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 2pm

Two events are organized prior the opening of Studio 13-16 (more information below)
March 10 at 6pm, Centre Pompidou, Cinema 1
Screening followed by Q&A with Sandra Terdjman. Translated in French and French Sign Language.

March 13 at 7pm, Mona Bismarck American Center
Artist Talk, Alison O’Daniel in conversation in English with Anna Milone.

 

At Studio 13-16, the project created by Alison O’Daniel is intended to shift music away from a listening-prioritized experience into a spatial and embodied aural experience.​ The space of the studio will welcome skateboards turned into percussion instruments interpreting scores with speed and direction within the space; modulation of surfaces will impact beats, tempo, and notes, which can be tweaked and changed according to each participant, resulting in an endless playlist of songs. A library of sounds particular to Los Angeles will be available for the participants to access and mix into the sounds produced from their skating.

 

March 10 at 6pm, Centre Pompidou, Cinema 1
Screening followed by Q&A with Sandra Terdjman. Translated in French and French Sign Language.

Alison O’Daniel is a visual artist and filmmaker working across sound, narrative, sculpture, installation and performance. Since 2013, she develops a body of videos that will constitute her upcoming feature-length film The Tuba Thieves. The film is inspired by an unlikely crime: an epidemic of tuba thefts occurring in Los Angeles high schools. She sees this incident as a parallel to her hearing experience. O’Daniel, whose binaural hearing loss requires her to wear hearing aids and lip read, saw the removal of this tonally rich instrument from the band as analogous to her daily experience of missing parts of conversations and having to fill in the gaps. Her sound universe halfway between deafness and hearing becomes a working hypothesis for figuring this intermediate state between sound and silence.

The Tuba Thieves offers an alternative to linear narratives by anachronistically presenting a range of spaces and events that highlights acts of listening and aural transformation. Some scenes presented in the vitrine of the Studio 13-16 refer to the original thefts and alternates with several fictionalized narratives, many featuring deaf drummer and performer Nyke Prince like The Sea the stars a Landscape that will be screened on March 10. O’Daniel also revisits two historically significant concerts: the premiere of John Cage’s highly influential composition 4’33” in Woodstock, New York, in 1952, and a punk concert at San Francisco’s now defunct Deaf Club, in 1979.

Her approach reverses the usual process of filmmaking by starting with musical scores she commissioned from deaf sound artist Christine Sun Kim, hearing painter and musician Steve Roden, and the late hearing composer Ethan Frederick Greene. She asked them to respond to several aural and visual references, including news accounts of the tuba thefts, concert hall architecture, the eyelashes of the late sculptor Louise Nevelson, and patterns a Zamboni makes on an ice rink.

O’Daniel makes us aware of the many nuances of sound and how sound interfaces with our other senses, while also revealing the often hidden politics inscribed within a culture that takes hearing for granted and elevates the visual over the aural.

Films presented

  • Deaf Club 6 min 17 sec
  • Hearing 4’33” 9 min 52 sec
  • The Sea the stars a Landscape 18 min
  • Plants 12 min 6 sec
  • Kaleidoscopic Window 5 min 48

 

March 13 at 7pm, Mona Bismarck American Center
Artist Talk, Alison O’Daniel in conversation in English with Anna Milone.

This FLAX Project is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; and the FLAX Creative Circle including The Skylark Foundation, Arthur Forney, Olga Garay English and John Mark Horton.