terror, torture, prisons, business, and the way words become a virus. . .
Link to Artist Website: Laurie Anderson
Link to Artist History: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurie_Anderson
“I am what is known as a “multimedia artist.” I chose that description because it doesn’t mean anything. Who isn’t multimedia these days? But it allows me to work in many different ways—music, writing, performance, film, electronics, and painting—without provoking the art police, who love to tell artists to get back into their category.
“As an artist, I am committed to seeing things the way they are, not the way I think they could be or should be. But faced with the facts of American racism, sexism, law breaking, and violence, I’m having a hard time maintaining my belief in the across-the-board openheartedness of my countrymen. Also, although there are journalistic aspects to this project, I am an artist first, so, if faced with having to choose between something beautiful and something true, I would choose the beautiful, because I trust my senses more than my rational mind.” ~ Laurie Anderson (quotation source: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/bringing-guantanamo-to-park-avenue regarding the show Habeas Corpus)
Laurie Anderson (Red Bull Music Academy 2015 Paris Lecture):
On November 16th, 2015, Laurie Anderson joined RBMA on the lecture couch in Paris in the wake of the devastating attacks in the city the previous weekend. She felt it was an important moment to talk about how art and artists respond to tragedy. In this talk, she outlined the circumstances behind her 2015 Park Avenue Armory work, Habeas Corpus, and how its themes relate to what took place in Paris on November 13, 2015.
In life. It’s the way you tell yourself, “I’m a person who has this job and drives this car and has this kind of relationship with people and talks this way.” That’s your story and you stick to it and you design it. Of course we inherit tons of things, but we also design a lot of stuff about who we are. So when you get a glimpse into the design structure, sometimes it’s really exciting. You go, “I put that there, it’s pretty arbitrary. I could change that because I made it up, this version of who I am.” It’s so transparent when politicians are doing it: telling stories about how they see the world, what it could be in the future, what it was like in the past, and people go, “Yeah, he’s right,” or “He’s crazy,” or whatever. But they evaluate it on what basis? As if they’re hearing about a movie? I’m trying to go back and forth between this dream world that we live in, and then this world of politics and so-called reality. It’s still amazing how easy it is to manipulate with misinformation. I think that people go in and out, in terms of being aware of it. ~ Laurie Anderson (quotation source: http://www.walkerart.org/magazine/2012/laurie-anderson-stories-never-ending-war )
Mother Nature never asked,
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
She knew you weren’t planting seeds to be a tree for nothing.