Odyssey Works

Odyssey Works

Transformative Experiences for An Audience of One

Book - 2016
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Odyssey Works infiltrates the life of one person at a time to create a customtailored, life-altering performance. It may last for one day or a few months and consists of experiences that blur the boundaries of life and art—is that subway mariachi band, used book of poetry, or meal with a new friend real or a part of the performance?

Central to this book is their 2013 performance for Rick Moody, author of The Ice Storm. His Odyssey lasted four months and included a fake children's book, introducing the themes of his performance, and a cello concert in a Saskatchewan prairie (which Moody almost missed after being stopped at customs with, suspiciously, no idea why he was traveling to Canada).

The book includes Moody's interviews with Odyssey Works, an original short story by Amy Hempel, and six proposals for a new theory of making art.

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This work for art students and others describes the vision and some of the results of the Odyssey Works project, a group of artists that creates a transformative experience of time-based art, in multiple media, for one person at a time over a period of days or even months. Much of the book centers on the four-month Odyssey of American novelist Rick Moody, which included a surprise trip to an empty field in Canada and a story written for him by writer Amy Hempel; the book includes Hempel’s story, an interview with Moody, and writing by Moody. The book also contains six proposals for creating artwork based on empathy and deep involvement with the audience. The book is illustrated with color photos and art throughout, some full page. Also included are exercises, activities, and a timeline. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: New York :, Princeton Architectural Press,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616895150
Characteristics: 221 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: LeRoux, Ayden - Author
Moody, Rick


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