Director Alison O’Daniel in person
Presented as part of GATEWAY DRUGS


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
September 25th, 2012

To open our experimental narrative series, GATEWAY DRUGS, we are delighted to present NIGHT SKY- a 75 minute narrative film by Alison O’Daniel that enacts a sensory experience on the bodies of the viewers through parallel, overlapping stories. Two girls-Cleo and Jay-travel through the desert while a group of contestants compete in a dance marathon. Sound travels between locations through a hula-hoop window hanging unnoticed in the midst of the marathon contestants and simultaneously in the desert air. Redefining sound and images through synesthesia and limiting or heightening the sensory palette offers hearing and deaf audiences a nuanced glimpse of one another’s experiences without privileging one or the other.

Program Details
NIGHT SKY by Alison O’Daniel (2011, 75 minutes, HD)

Night Sky premiered at the Anthology Film Archive in November of 2011 with two screenings as part of Performa 11 and the exhibition Walking Forward-Running Past at Art in General in NYC. The film has also screened in the Black Box Performance festival within Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles, at Evergreen College in Olympia, WA, Krowswork in Oakland, CA, Whirled Cinema in London, and at the Fusebox Festival in Austin, TX. This tour includes screenings at USA Lounge, a defunct casino in Henderson, NV in conjunction with Pop Up Art House, the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque, NM, Plus Gallery’s Experimental Forum in Denver, CO, The Nightingale in Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, MOCA Detroit, the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, and at NYU.

Watch trailer here.

ARTFORUM article here.

Alison O’Daniel engages materials and color in a tactile practice that extends across drawing, films, sculpture and performances to explore perceptual, emotional and bodily comprehension. She utilizes sound – and its synesthetic displacement onto materials – to explore the bleeding of narrative between the cinematic experience and objects in the gallery or viewing space. Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally in exhibitions and at film festivals including Oberhausen, Recontres, and Stuttgart Filmwinter, where she won the International Prize. She participated in residencies at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Vermont Studio Center and will be a resident at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and the Bemis Center in Omaha, NE this coming year. She is the recipient of a 2011 California Community Foundation emerging artist fellowship, a 2010 Puffin Foundation grant, and received a Medici Foundation award as well as the Agnes Gund Fellowship. She studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Goldsmiths College – University of London, and UC, Irvine.

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