Sound in the Work of LAURIE ANDERSON
Laurie Anderson (born 1947) rose to acclaim on the New York art scene of the early 1980s with her distinctive electronic performances, and continues to be a major globally active artist, one the very few truly international stars of performance art today. Utilizing synthesizers, video and computer graphics as well as various electronic devices of her own design, she blends diverse elements – music, moving images, language, action – into eclectic cocktails of experimental ideas and avant garde modes of expression that appeal to a broad popular audience. She is, in a word, the very embodiment of colorful postmodern performance. Recently invited to become the first ever Artist-in-Residence at NASA, she created a new performance piece under their auspices. She is also currently showing an installation-video-performance work in a Japanese garden as part of Expo 2005 Aichi. Indeed, her keen creative energies seem inexhaustible. The present exhibition was produced by the Musee d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, after which it toured to Dusseldorf, Milano and Dublin before coming here. Comprising some ninety pieces – everything from early works steeped in the conceptualism of the 1970s, to videos, assemblages, installations and original violins, tophotos and drawings right up to projects for Expo 2005 Aichi – the exhibits span an artistic career of over thirty years, making this a real retrospective show, and for many of us here in Japan, a prime opportunity to take in the full scope of her multi-disciplinary, multi-media pursuits.