In Plain Sight Film Series – The Tuba Thieves by Alison O'Daniel [Online]

This event took place on Apr 12, 2020

Sliding scale admission: $0–25

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Showtime listed is Pacific Daylight Time.



Northwest Film Forum is SCREENING ONLINE! NWFF and Henry Art Gallery’s physical spaces are temporarily closed in light of public health concerns around COVID-19, but community, dialogue, and education through media arts WILL persist.

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** Seven shorts by In Plain Sight artist Alison O’Daniel, co-presented with Henry Art Gallery! **

Drawing upon her experiences with hearing loss, specifically navigating between hearing and silence, Alison O’Daniel expands definitions of sonic experience beyond ear-reliance as our sole auditory skill. In The Tuba Thieves, the artist’s fascination with a series of tuba robberies from Los Angeles high schools became a comparison point between loss of this tonally-rich instrument to her daily experiences of missing information and filling in conversation gaps.

This on-going, multi-chapter video project threads together anecdotes of the marching bands’ reconciling the missing sound, footage of the deaf drummer Nyke Prince, the premiere of John Cage’s 4’33” in 1952, and the last punk show at the Deaf Club in San Francisco in 1979.

O’Daniel’s process is a form of call and response: she inverts script-driven filmmaking processes by writing scenes based on the musical scores, which were commissioned in advance of developing the visual narratives from a variety of artists, including deaf sound artist Christine Sun Kim, hearing-painter and musician Steve Roden, and the late, hearing-composer Ethan Frederick Greene. The result is an amalgam of disparate, non-linear narratives, two of which are on view within In Plain Sight.

Featured sequences:

Interludes: THE SEA, THE STARS, A LANDSCAPE – 18min 7sec


SCENES 5, 6, 60: HEARING 4’33” – 9min 52sec

SCENE 22: THE DEAF CLUB – 6min 17sec

SCENES 46, 47: AWAY GAME – 7min 41sec


SCENE 61CK’s version: KALEIDOSCOPIC WINDOW – 5min 48sec

Watch Alison O’Daniel speak on her work >

Image credit: Alison O’Daniel. The Tuba Thieves. 2013-ongoing. HD video. Written, directed, edited by Alison O’Daniel based on musical scores by Christine Sun Kim, Ethan Frederick Greene, and Steve Roden. Cinematography by Meena Singh and Judy Phu. Image courtesy of the artist.

About Alison O'Daniel

Born 1979 in Miami, Florida; lives in Los Angeles, California

Alison O’Daniel received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art; a postgraduate diploma of fine art from Goldsmiths College, University of London; and a MFA from University of California, Irvine. She is a recipient of a 2019 Creative Capital award (2019), and has received grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2014), Franklin Furnace Fund (2012), and California Community Foundation (2011). O’Daniel has completed residencies at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison. O’Daniel has exhibited, screened, and performed at Art In General, New York; Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. She is Assistant Professor of Film at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

This program is co-presented with Henry Art Gallery as part of the In Plain Sight Film Series

This program is co-presented with Henry Art Gallery as part of the In Plain Sight Film Series

The Henry Art Gallery and Northwest Film Forum co-present the In Plain Sight Film Series [Online] on the occasion of In Plain Sight, a museum-wide group exhibition that highlights narratives, communities, and histories typically hidden in our public space imagining new possibilities for the future.

Coinciding with the Henry’s exhibition, the Forum’s film series invites engagement with hidden histories and contexts unearthed with the aid of moving image media. Programs explore the myriad shades of nuance in disciplinary synthesis and delight in the discovery of new relationships between poetry, artifactology, and cinema.

Presented in partnership with ByDesign Festival, Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, and the UW Bothell Black Cinema Collective. Learn more about Henry membership and NWFF membership and support the arts during this challenging time!

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