THE TUBA THIEVES
Ongoing since 2013
Color, Sound, Captions - HD video, 16mm, VHS
Written and Directed by Alison O’Daniel | Produced by Rachel Nederveld | Based on musical scores by Steve Roden, Christine Sun Kim, Ethan Frederick Greene | Cinematography by Derek Howard, Meena Singh and Judy Phu | Starring Nyke Prince, Geovanny Marroquin and many others.
The Tuba Thieves began in response to a rash of tuba thefts that occurred between 2011 and 2013 from high schools across Southern California. Reporters often focused on the thieves, but I imagined students in band practice with no instruments, just listening. In response, I commissioned three composers to make musical scores based on random lists of references. Reversing the usual order of filmmaking, I began to piece together a script in response to their scores. The Tuba Thieves weaves together the stories of Nyke Prince, a Deaf drummer based in Los Angeles, the marching band students impacted by the thefts, and re-enactments of three historic concerts: the 1952 premiere of John Cage’s 4’33”, the 1979 final punk show at The Deaf Club in San Francisco, and a 1984 Prince concert at Gallaudet University. Scenes from the film have been produced and exhibited internationally at film festivals, museums, and galleries. The project is currently in production to be completed as a feature film.
I FELT PEOPLE DANCING
KUNSTHALLE OSNABRÜCK, OSNABRÜCK, GERMANY JUNE 26 - OCTOBER 3, 2021
Curated by Juliane Schickedanz and Anna Jehle. Photos by Lucie Marsmann
BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS, OMAHA, NE APRIL 4 - JUNE 15, 2019
Curated by Rachel Adams. Photos by Colin Conces
MADE IN L.A.
THE HAMMER MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES, JUNE 2 - SEPTEMBER 3, 2018
Curated by Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale. Photos by Braden Hollis
Say the Word “NOWHERE.” Say “HEADPHONES.” Say “NOTHING.”
SHULAMIT NAZARIAN, Los Angeles July 21 - August 25, 2018
Curated by Seth Curcio. Photos by Michael Underwood
THE INFINITE EAR
GARAGE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, MOSCOW, RUSSIA June 8 - Sep 2, 2018
CENTRO CENTRO, MADRID, SPAIN October 25, 2019 - January 12 2020
Curated by Sandra Terdjman and Gregory Castera of Council, Paris
Artists: Tarek Atoui, Alison O’Daniel, Lendl Barcelos, Valentina Desideri, Catalina Insignares, Soledad Gutiérrez and Myriam Lefkowitz
ART IN GENERAL, NEW YORK March 26 - May 8, 2016
Art in General New Commission presented in collaboration with the Knockdown Center
Curated by Courtenay Finn, Kristen Chappa, Anne Barlow. Photos by Charles Benton.
ALL COMPONENT PARTS (LISTENERS)
CENTRE D’ART PASSERELLE, BREST, FRANCE September 26, 2015 - January 2, 2016
Curated by Etienne Bernard. Photos by Aurelian Mole.
CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND FORWARDS, BACKWARDS, PAUSE, SILENT
January 28, 2016 LOS ANGELES
Performance developed in collaboration with the Centennial High School Marching band, band director Manuel Castaneda and Alison O’Daniel.
Organized by JOAN in conjunction with Art Los Angeles Contemporary for the opening night performance. Photos by Gina Clyne.
QUASI CLOSED CAPTIONS
SAMUEL FREEMAN, LOS ANGELES July 20 - August 17, 2013
Curated by Amy Thoner
75 min color sound
Premiered at the ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES in PERFORMA 11, November 21 & 22, 2011
Presented with live accompaniment (music or American Sign Language)
Produced by Jules Dameron | Cinematography by Tom Clancey | Score by Ethan Frederick Greene | ASL Score by Lisa Reynolds | Starring Evelina Gaina, Jay Mandell