Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson



Laura Phillips "Laurie" Anderson (born June 5, 1947)[3] is an American avant-garde artist,[4][5] composer, musician and film director whose work spans performance art, pop music, and multimedia projects.[5] Initially trained in violin and sculpting,[6] Anderson pursued a variety of performance art projects in New York during the 1970s, making particular use of language, technology, and visual imagery.[4] She became widely more known outside the art world in 1981 when her single "O Superman" reached number two on the UK pop charts. She also starred in and directed the 1986 concert film Home of the Brave.[7]

Anderson is a pioneer in electronic music and has invented several devices that she has used in her recordings and performance art shows.[8] In 1977, she created a tape-bow violin that uses recorded magnetic tape on the bow instead of horsehair and a magnetic tape head in the bridge. In the late 1990s, she developed a talking stick, a six-foot (1.8 m) long baton-like MIDI controller that can access and replicate sounds.[9]

Anderson started dating Lou Reed in 1992, and was married to him from 2008 until his death in 2013.[10][11]



Faraway, So Close!
Faraway, So Close! (German: In weiter Ferne, so nah!) is a 1993 German fantasy film directed by Wim Wenders.
The Rugrats Movie
The Rugrats Movie is a 1998 American animated adventure comedy film, produced by Paramount Pictures Corporation, and co-produced with Nickelodeon Movies (which was also Nickelodeon Movies's first animated film) and Klasky Csupo.
O Superman
"O Superman" is a 1981 song by performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson.
Big Science
Big Science is the 1982 debut album by avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson and the first of a 7-album deal she signed with Warner Bros.

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Couple’s Wisdom: Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson’s three “rules to live by”
  –  July 6, 2017
Many attribute this change to his relationship with fellow musician and composer Laurie Anderson. On the occasion of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, 2015, Anderson gave beautiful acceptance speech on behalf of Reed, one more ...
Couple’s Wisdom: Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson’s three “rules to live by”
  –  July 6, 2017
Many attribute this change to his relationship with fellow musician and composer Laurie Anderson. On the occasion of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, 2015, Anderson gave beautiful acceptance speech on behalf of Reed, one more ...
Emmylou Harris, Laurie Anderson, k.d. lang Make NPR's "150 Greatest Albums Made by Women" List
  –  July 24, 2017
NPR Music has published a list titled Turning the Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women, and among them are several by artists familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Emmylou Harris, Laurie Anderson, k.d. lang, and the Bulgarian State Radio ...
Kathryn Bigelow on Detroit: ‘There’s a radical desire not to face the reality of race’
  –  August 18, 2017
Friends included Robert Mapplethorpe, Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson. “What I learned was that art has a political responsibility. It’s not meant to be decorative.” Her first experiment with film was The Set-Up, a short portrait of two men having a ...
Legacy Audio Focus SE speakers Review
  –  August 18, 2017
Naturally, flaws of recordings that are too hard, too closely-miked or steely are revealed, though with less discomfort than with other speakers Other String Vectors From another vector altogether comes electro-acoustic violinist Laurie Anderson’s ...
There’s Only One Visual Artist on the NEA’s Board. Here’s What She Thinks of the Imperiled Organization’s Future.
  –  August 17, 2017
This is unusual for a single artist, but NASA was familiar with my work though AIE. Laurie Anderson and I were the only two artists commissioned by NASA that year. I’m also one of the only two living female artists in the White House permanent collection.
Families fear death for patients told to ship out from SF hospital
  –  August 17, 2017
Richard Anderson is one of two dozen patients remaining on the subacute floor. His daughter, Laurie Anderson, has had trouble finding subacute care for him. Laurie Anderson said she has been turned away from six nursing homes, including one as far away as ...
Damien Chazelle joins Twitter to protest against Donald Trump
  –  August 16, 2017
Best of 73rd Venice Film Festival Director Laurie Anderson, member of Venezia 73 International Jury, poses for photographers during a photo call at the 73rd Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Best of 73rd Venice Film Festival Venice Film Festival ...
Virtual Reality Films Take Hold at Fall’s Film Festivals
  –  August 16, 2017
The 22 VR works competing for prizes in Venice will include “La Camera Insabbiata,” co-directed by Laurie Anderson and Huang Hsin-Chien, consisting of huge spaces with walls made of chalk boards filled with text that can be explored by flying or ...
Naked Truth
  –  August 15, 2017
Grunitzky and I ducked back inside at just the right moment. Wilson was soliciting money from the crowd with honorees Isabelle Huppert and Laurie Anderson flanking his sides. After making a five-thousand-dollar donation, Robert Downey Jr. surprised the ...
What If The Plane Falls Out of the Sky?
  –  August 15, 2017
And if that fails, there's always an inspired dance routine to Laurie Anderson's O Superman to shake off the blues. A wee gem of a show, even if it's like an exhausted child at the end.
Building 6: Major expansion and a new building at MASS MoCA
  –  August 14, 2017
Building 6 houses a series of changing exhibitions plus long-term installations and ongoing collaborations with artists Laurie Anderson, Jenny Holzer, and James Turrell, the Louise Bourgeois Trust, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the estate of ...
Laurie Anderson
  –  August 14, 2017
Mrs. Anderson has been employed with MBL for 9 years in the Servicing department. Mrs. Anderson is responsible for the maintenance, digital storage and continued servicing of the MBL portfolio. This includes: reviewing and digitalizing all files, releasing ...
An Inner World At The Clark
  –  August 11, 2017
In this audio tour, MASS MoCA Curator Denise Markonish tells us about work by Barbara Ernst Prey, Louise Bourgeois, Metabolic Studio/Optics Division, Robert Rauschenberg, Dawn DeDeaux, Lonnie Holley, Laurie Anderson, Gunnar Schonbeck, Mary Lum ...
None of us know what will happen
  –  August 11, 2017
I’ll keep drawing them as long as they keep visiting me. For this comic, I thought the skulls could illustrate a mini pep talk by Laurie Anderson I heard on the “Producers” episode of Meet The Composers: The world may end. You’re right. But that ...
When Cool Kids Curate: An Exhibition By Leo Fitzpatrick, Muse To Larry Clark
  –  August 10, 2017
Fitzpatrick trafficked in names. He was proud to have works by the likes of Marcel Duchamp, Laurie Anderson, Sophie Calle, Richard Prince and Eleanor Antin included in the exhibition. “I get a lot more work than I should because I operate on the premise ...
Portrait of a passionate, if obsessive, artist
  –  August 10, 2017
Several of these high-profile voices (such as actors Al Pacino and Willem Dafoe, musician Bono, and artist Laurie Anderson) provide good material. One friend, filmmaker Hector Babenco, calls the subject “a figure from a Balzac novel.” But their takes ...
Emmy-nominated Pamela Adlon lifts the veil from single motherhood with 'Better Things'
  –  August 10, 2017
The timing was perfect. It was the exact right moment. As a parent of teenagers, what I loved from the first season was like, the last episode, you used that Laurie Anderson song [“O Superman”] so well in that episode, where you're just showing just
True Confessions of a Rock ‘N’ Roll Survivor
  –  August 10, 2017
There were collaborations between William S. Burroughs and Laurie Anderson. Others, like The Clash with Ginsberg, and The Fugs with Ed Sanders used poetry in their music. The very nature of rock ‘n’ roll is poetry in motion. Music can help spawn a ...
Guilford tennis courts finally getting fixed
  –  August 9, 2017
“We were hoping to get them done earlier, but it still worked out nicely; we got the first three ready to go just before high school practice starts,” said Laurie Anderson, the Park District’s operational director. “The other six will be done ...
David Bowie defended Lou Reed’s Metallica collaboration, Lulu, according to LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy
  –  August 9, 2017
This isn’t the only time Bowie went to bat for Lulu, either. During Reed’s induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, his widow Laurie Anderson said in her speech, “And after Lou’s death, David Bowie made a big point of saying to me ...
David Bowie? Oh Yeah, HUGE ‘Lulu’ Fan…
  –  August 9, 2017
When Lou Reed was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his widow Laurie Anderson voiced the same sentiment from Bowie. “Listen, this is Lou’s greatest work. This is his masterpiece. Just wait, it will be like Berlin. It will take everyone a w ...
Essential New Music: Man Forever’s “Play What They Want”
  –  August 8, 2017
The Kid plays what he wants, and he has taken a shine to 21st century classical composition. So this time he’s recruited Yo La Tengo, Laurie Anderson and female vocal quartet Quince to bolster his own singing on five tracks that interweave chants ...
Todd Haynes in Locarno: Movies are where "we conjure wishes and we manage frustration"
  –  August 8, 2017
Haynes: One of them is this Velvet Underground documentary that the Universal Music Group folks came to me to do, with Laurie Anderson’s recommendation — so it’s a complete and total honor, it’s crazy. And I’ve never done a doc before so that ...
Eleonore Oppenheim
  –  August 7, 2017
Oppenheim’s sung solfège syllables, spliced like a kick back echo against the bass, recalls Laurie Anderson’s straightforward vocal delivery, effective without showboating. The cut and paste aesthetic of “Crocodile” makes the human element feel ...
See How This Hamptons Benefit Responded to Donald Trump
  –  August 7, 2017
The benefit’s honorees included Laurie Anderson, who performed after dinner, as well as her late husband Lou Reed, and the French actress Isabelle Huppert. Soaking in the myriad of eccentric fashions (this year’s dress code read “Dark Shiny Matter ...
Brian Eno’s 15 Best Pop/Rock Moments
  –  August 7, 2017
1994’s Bright Red found Laurie Anderson, who was one of Eno’s long-term affiliates in the New York performance-art community, stepping further into a bizarre high-brow/low-brow combination. Skewering her beat-poet delivery with a buzzy, meditative take ...
In praise of Dogwoof documentaries
  –  August 7, 2017
One for anyone who has an unbreakable bond with their pets, multi-visual artist Laurie Anderson offers an experimental portrait of her dog Lolabelle. Deeply personal and yet identifiable and relatable, it is small, but will make a huge impact. A conceptual ...
Kronos Quartet Concert
  –  August 7, 2017
Participating artists include Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Rhiannon Giddens, Zakir Hussain, and Wu Man. For more than 40 years, the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet and their nonprofit – the Kronos Performing Arts Association – have been re-imagining ...
A Laurie Anderson pilgrimage? Just don’t tell her you’re calling it that.
  –  May 25, 2017
North Adams, MASS. — You are sitting, floating through the virtual clouds, when you hear that unmistakable voice coming through the headphones. The glittering buildings. Paper being shredded on the floor. It is Laurie Anderson, the artist most famous for ...

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