Odyssey Works

Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One

Abraham Burickson, Ayden LeRoux


     7 × 9.5 in (17.8 × 24.1 cm)
224 pages
100 color illustrations
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616895150

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).

Abraham Burickson is the cofounder and artistic director of Odyssey Works. Burickson was trained in architecture; his work spans writing, design, and performance.

Ayden LeRoux is an artist, writer, and translator based in Brooklyn, New York.

Editorial Reviews

Independent Publisher :

"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."

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