Odyssey Works is a cross-genre collaborative of artists which continually strives to challenge and re-conceptualize traditional notions of experience design, performance, and the artist-audience relationship. The work, in which performances are made for small and intimately known audiences, has been called by the New York Times: “A beautiful inefficiency [for] a small but infinitely more affected audience.” The artists of Odyssey Works continually ask the question: “what is the deepest impact our work can have?” and pursue an answer in the experimentation with and the formulation of new modes of interacting with an audience. The group, which, since 2001 has created performances for one-person audiences that span weekends, weeks, even months, has produced Odysseys in San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Saskatchewan, and Austin, TX. Odyssey Works projects involve theater, but also graphic design, sound art, the writing of a novel, new music composition, anything the group deems necessary. Odyssey Works, Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One, a book by Abraham Burickson and Ayden LeRoux about the group’s work and ideas, will be published by Princeton Architectural Press in November.
Abraham Burickson is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Odyssey Works. Trained in architecture at Cornell University, Burickson’s work spans writing, design, performance, and sound art. His work has been profiled on NPR’s Studio 360, in the New York Times, The Rumpus, ArtInfo, Fast Company, Vulture, the Marina Abramovic Institute’s Immaterial, Archinect, the Stanford Storytelling Project, the SF Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, ARTE television, Metro NY,, and elsewhere, and he has lectured at such places as Gallaudet University, The Brooklyn Museum, Cornell University, The Battersea Arts Centre, Fordham University, The GoGame, and Southern Exposure Gallery. Burickson was trained in Architecture at Cornell University, and received his MFA in Poetry and Playwriting from the UT Michener Center for Writers in 2008. He teaches writing in MICA, and architecture at the Academy of Art University, and maintains a small design practice. In 2010, Charlie, a collection of his poems, was published on Codhill Press. Burickson makes his home in Baltimore, MD.
Ayden LeRoux is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and the Assistant Director of Odyssey Works. Her photography, performance, video, and installations have been presented by the International Photography Festival, Flux Factory, and chashama, among others. Her work has been exhibited around the world in China, Cuba, Greece, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. She has lectured and led workshops at The Brooklyn Museum, Battersea Arts Centre, Fordham University, The GoGame, After the Show, Die Fabrikanten, Urban Games Factory, and Flux Factory. In 2012, her book Isolation and Amazement was published by Samsara Press documenting the Odyssey Works production, “The Map Is Not The Territory,” and she has a forthcoming book Odyssey Works: Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One, co-written with Abraham Burickson, to be published November 2016 by Princeton Architectural Press. She contributes to Eyes Towards the Dove, and she is also a sex educator.