Odyssey Works (Paperback)

Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One

By Abraham Burickson, Ayden LeRoux

Princeton Architectural Press, 9781616895150, 224pp.

Publication Date: November 8, 2016

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Description

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.


About the Author

Abraham Burickson is the co-founder and artistic director of Odyssey Works. Burickson was trained in architecture at Cornell University. His work spans writing, design, performance, and sound art, and has been profiled in the New York Times, The Believer, ArtInfo, Fast Company, Vulture, Archinect, the SF Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, and elsewhere.

Ayden LeRoux, the assistant director of Odyssey Works, is an artist, writer, and translator based in Brooklyn. LeRoux' photography, performance, video and installation have been presented by Flux Factory, chashama, and the International Photography Festival and have been exhibited in China, Cuba, Greece, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.


Praise For Odyssey Works: Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One

"At times, reading Odyssey Works and trying to put yourself in the shoes of an audience member feels like waking up in The Matrix, where someone else is playing god with your life. It's odd and more than a little unsettling. But Odyssey Works: Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One is so unique in subject matter and approach that it can't help but offer new insights on art and the facets of art that can transform lives. Even if you find the core concept downright creepy, you will still find something in these pages that will make you think-about how you approach art, about how you create art, or both." - Independent Publisher