Project Description

Skater’s Score Performance

Artist: Alison O’Daniel  |  Composer: Ben Kamen  |  Curator: Chiara Giovando
October 24th, 2015, 2pm

Skater’s Score is a newly commissioned score by Alison O’Daniel. Part of the exhibition, The Book of Scores, O’Daniel’s Skater’s Score is a large-scale sculptural floor work made with the intention to be read as a score by musicians and simultaneously played like an instrument by skateboarders. O’Daniel is collaborating with composer Ben Kamen who has written a piece for a violin trio and skateboarders. The performers will read the large sculptural floor work as a score.  For the installation, O’Daniel studied the pattern that the local Zamboni driver in Portland creates in order to lay down a new sheet of ice for figure skaters and hockey players, and re-created it to fit the scale of the Disjecta gallery. Her work often explores the concept of score as translation between object, sound, narrative and various perceptive modes. Her recent work has developed through collaborations with deaf and hearing musicians, performers and artists that she asks to navigate and reimagine sound through story, image, and the tactile.  Skater’s Score will address the architecture of the gallery and movement through it in relation to sound.


Alison O’Daniel (Los Angeles), weaves narrative between cinema and object-making. Her projects engage scoring, music-making, and captioning, and are often built upon serendipitous misunderstandings. She is particularly interested in the poetic possibility within the inevitable gaps of information between subject, object, and the aural world, creating a form of exploded storytelling that emerges between bodies of work and bodies of audience members. Her previous feature-length film Night Sky premiered at the Anthology Film Archive in conjunction with Performa 11, New York. Her work has been screened and exhibited at The Aspen Museum of Art, MOCAD, NYU, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, High Desert Test Sites, Samuel Freeman Gallery, L.A. Louver, and other venues. She has received grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Art Matters, the Franklin Furnace Fund and the California Community Foundation. Writing about her work has appeared in ArtForum, the L.A. Times, and ArtReview. She is currently working on The Tuba Thieves, an experimental, narrative film and series of sculptures based on commissioned musical scores. She will present solo exhibitions at Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France in September, 2015 and at Art In General, NYC in Jan, 2016.




Gallery Hours: 12-5pm

Performance begins promptly at 2pm