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Odyssey Works

Odyssey Works

Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One

Princeton Architectural Press


By Abraham Burickson, By Ayden LeRoux


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Odyssey Works infiltrates the life of one person at a time to create a custom tailored, 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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Format: Paperback
Publication: November 2016
ISBN: 9781616895150
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.

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