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Laurie Anderson

American Multimedia Artist and Musician

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Movements and Styles: Performance Art, Installation Art

Born: June 5, 1947 - Glenn Ellyn, Illinois, USA

"Secretly I do think that stories can, as you say, cure you but you have to find out what's wrong first. So my goal would never be to make anyone feel better, ever, because I ... I try to make sto-ries that really engage my mind ... I certainly would never say that it's to make things better."

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Laurie Anderson is a highly acclaimed performance artist who also became an unlikely pop star in the 1980s. She was a pioneer of multimedia Performance and Installation art, before crossing over into the popular music industry with songs from her large-scale performance pieces, later producing full albums for commercial release. As one of the first artists of her downtown New York context to achieve a level of commercial fame, she was at the forefront of debates around the influence of mass media on the art world. She has since been recognized as being remarkably ahead of her time in embracing of new technologies in art and performance practice, and in her engagement with new media to share her work.

Anderson is a classically interdisciplinary artist, drawing on the forms, techniques and strategies of many different art forms and expressing herself across a huge array of different mediums. Perfor-mances, music, installations and film works are often autobiographical in nature, and encourage a sense of intimacy with the viewer through her characteristically meditative tone and calm delivery. Despite this calmness, Anderson's work often features political content and engages with societal issues. Her work often involves mediating and changing her own voice as she tells stories and nar-rates her thoughts, framed by the striking images she creates through props, costumes and the in-novative use of projection and lighting. Her artworks therefore often have a futuristic, almost sci-ence-fiction aesthetic.

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