Sound Bath

2012

In collaboration with Odyssey Works
San Francisco, CA
 
Odyssey Works is an interdisciplinary performance collective founded by Abraham Burickson and Matthew Purdon in San Francisco in 2001. The group, composed of artists practicing in various disciplines (writers, composers, designers, actors, performance artists etc.), creates 24hr performances for very small audiences, usually just one person.
 
According to the New York Times, “Odyssey Works tends to invite all manner of glancing comparisons: artists like Vito Acconci, Marina Abramovic and Aaron Landsman; the interactive Punchdrunk play “Sleep No More”; the notion of relational aesthetics; and the largely European trend of performing theater for one person at a time.” The performances, which are site specific and highly participatory, are part of the relational aesthetics movement in performance and art and find their roots in the situationist movement of the 1960s and the work of such directors as Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook.
 
Read the New York TImes Article here.

Visit Odyssey Works website here.
 
Tamara Albaitis designed and installed on-location. Travis Weller composed the soundtrack.
 

The Narrative Spiral

August 25-26 – A thirty-one hour performance wherein the participant, Laura, witnessed the development of four different stories and their subsequent reduction into simple sounds. The stories, brought to life by actors in sites throughout the city, were visited several times through the day, each time becoming more and more about the minute sounds involved in the telling of those stories. Eventually, each story was a single sound, and she encountered all four sounds in the Sound Bath at the end of the day.