Emily Watlington on Alison O’Daniel’s Map of a Space “Chock Full of Incomprehensible Sounds”

Art in America Assistant Editor Emily Watlington considers Los Angeles artist Alison O’Daniel’s latest installation. For “I Felt People Dancing,” the hard-of-hearing artist engaged Kunsthalle Osnabrück (a former monastary) by inviting two local Deaf residents to map its acoustics. Of the resulting reverberation symbols on the venue’s carpet, Watlington writes they “capture the absurd chaos of the building’s acoustics … the feeling of being hard of hearing in a world chock full of incomprehensible sounds.”


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