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Laurie Anderson

March 24–25, 2003

Bio

An avant-garde performance artist with a huge popular reputation, Laurie Anderson has written and performed Stories from the Nerve Bible, her remarkable interpretation of Moby-Dick, and United States (opening at BAM in an 8-hour performance). She has toured the world many times with shows ranging from relatively simple spoken-word performances to elaborate multimedia events and exhibits. She has shared a stage with Cab Calloway, toured with William Burroughs, studied art history with Meyer Schapiro, and covered a presidential election for NPR.

March 25 Discussion Segmented by Content

  1. introduction by Al Filreis (3:19): MP3
  2. on the Nerve Bible and the body (4:06): MP3
  3. on the autobiographical nature of the Nerve Bible (1:57): MP3
  4. on time and responsibility (4:34): MP3
  5. on ending but not concluding performances (2:28): MP3
  6. on performing Statue of Liberty at the 2001 Town Hall performance (8:20): MP3
  7. on starting out as an artist and being in a commune (7:49): MP3
  8. on technology and media (8:57): MP3
  9. on Puppet Motel (2:52): MP3
  10. Anderson's favorite contemporary poets (6:37): MP3
  11. on the impossibility of technology being sensually subtle (6:27): MP3
  12. on Melville's bible and Songs and Stories from Moby Dick (8:33): MP3
  13. on whether or not people are getting better (3:51): MP3