Headlands Center for the Arts

Alison O’Daniel

california | interdisciplinary
Affiliate Program 2020—2021

Artist Statement

Combining cinema, sound-dampening textiles and sculptures, and large-scale installations, my work is generated from a deep engagement with sound, acoustics, access, and complex embodiment. Informed by my experiences of being hard of hearing and collaborations with other Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing composers, athletes, musicians, and performers, I explore new ways of intricately combining seeing and hearing. I am most influenced by a hypersensitivity to a lack of information, and the desire to transform sound from a source of frustration, entry, or refusal into a profound and malleable material, and to build a visual, aural, and haptic vocabulary as a means to tell stories inspired by events that are both historic and quotidian.

While at Headlands

I will arrive at Headlands after a focused period of film production and before a solo show with my gallery, Commonwealth and Council. Therefore, I will be simultaneously editing the feature-length version of my long-term film project, The Tuba Thieves, and building an object-based body of work that will consider different ways to access sound through sensorially shifted or translated means as a productive, generative, and imaginative model for building new forms of storytelling. I will expand upon a personal and poetic game-like logic and process akin to the children’s game, Telephone, in which a word or phrase is passed along and morphs as it moves down the line of hearing, repeating, mishearing, and rephrasing by participants.

Selected Video

Alison O’Daniel, The Tuba Thieves – Scene 22: The Deaf Club, 2020; 16mm, VHS, and HD video all transferred to HD video, excerpt 6 min 17 sec. Written, directed, edited by Alison O’Daniel based on scores by Christine Sun Kim, Steve Roden, and Ethan Frederick Greene. Starring Nyke Prince, Produced by Rachel Nederveld, Cinematography by Meena Singh and Judy Phu.

Alison O’Daniel, The Tuba Thieves [teaser], 2020; HD video. Written, directed, edited by Alison O’Daniel based on scores by Christine Sun Kim, Steve Roden, and Ethan Frederick Greene. Starring Nyke Prince, Produced by Rachel Nederveld, Cinematography by Meena Singh and Judy Phu.

Selected Works

Personal Website

http://www.alisonodaniel.com