. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Alison O’Daniel

Posted by | Amy Beste | Posted on | October 30, 2020

Friday, October 30, 2:00 p.m.3:15 p.m., CT
Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema

Closed captions and ASL Interpretation available.

Tune in for this in-depth conversation with artist and filmmaker Alison O’Daniel moderated by Deborah Stratman. Recorded October 1. Her project The Tuba Thieves (2013 – ongoing) is on view in the Gene Siskel Film Center’s virtual cinema from September 27–October 3 and October 30–November 2. Presented in partnership with the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, in conjunction with the exhibition Nine Lives, on view September 12 –November 15.

Alison O’Daniel, The Tuba Thieves (2013 – ongoing). Courtesy of the artist


Sound—its sensory qualities and its social role—is at the center of Alison O’Daniel’s multidisciplinary practice.  Spanning film, performance, sculpture, and installation, and also informed by frequent collaborations with hearing, Deaf, and hard-of-hearing artists and composers, O’Daniel’s body of work explores sensory experience, legibility, and access. Writing that “the intersection between poetics and activism is where I’m most interested and inspired,“ O’Daniel uses her work to produce a more expansive visual, aural, and haptic vocabulary while inviting viewers to reconsider their relationships with the sensual world.

O’Daniel has screened and exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Centro Centro, Madrid; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; Art in General, New York; Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles; and the Centre d’art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest.

O’Daniel is a recipient of the 2019 Louis Comfort Tiffany prize. She has also received grants from Creative Capital; the Rema Hort Mann Foundation; the Center for Cultural Innovation; and the Franklin Furnace Fund. Her film, The Tuba Thieves, was supported by the 2019 Sundance Creative Producing Lab. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 2019 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She is an assistant professor of film at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.


The Tuba Thieves
September 27–October 3 and October 30–November 2
Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema
Open captions

In Alison O’Daniel’s stunning, sonically rich film, the story of Nyke Prince, a Deaf drummer based in Los Angeles, intersects with that of a marching band coming to terms with the loss of its most sonorous instruments. Produced as a series of distinct episodes, the project has grown in part out of a series of collaborations with Deaf sound artist Christine Sun Kim, hearing painter and musician Steve Roden, and the late hearing composer Ethan Frederick Greene. In English and ASL with English captions.