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Jun 25, 2009

Ten of her favorite things.

By Lindsey Schneider

Ever since her breakthrough 1980 album, Big Science, Laurie Anderson has remained a staple of the underground art world.

A daring pioneer, the Illinois-native has made a career out of pushing the boundaries of music and art, creating performance and theater pieces, avant-pop albums, films and poetry. Her efforts have been recognized with a number of prestigious awards, including being named NASA’s first—and so far only—artist in residence in 2004, and receiving the 2007 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for outstanding contribution to the arts.

The pixie-haired performer has always been known to stretch the use of technology in the arts by building her own instruments and synthesizers. At one stage in her career, she even conducted a symphony of car horns.

Since 2001, Anderson has been signed to Nonesuch Records, which is preparing to release a new 7” single, titled Mambo & Bling, from her Homeland series.

For more information on Nonesuch, see FLYP’s special music issue.

 

Favorite Things

 

PLANETARIUMS

Projecting Film on the Dome of a Planetarium in Austin, Texas

“I had never looked at a movie that way. You’re just lying on your back looking up at the night sky, and there are all these images.”

 


CANON EOS 5D

Making “Story Films” with a Budget Camera

“I don’t make stuff up; I’m like a reporter. So they sort of document things—places I went, adventure things."

 


IMAGINARY OPERAS

Creating an Opera that Could Never Be Staged

“It’s one of these things that’s on the cusp of real and dream, and you think, I wanna kind of keep it there.”

 


THINKING ABOUT TEXAS

The Dream of Living in a Place Filled with Texans

“I just love places that have skies that are that enormous.”

 


LUNCH WITH THE LADIES

Saturday Meals with a Rotating Group of Women

“New York social life is ruled by certain things of who you’re supposed to do what with when. So just to think, well, how could I get out of that little cliché?"

 


ECCENTRIC BLOGS

Reading Unnecessary Quotes and Cats that Look Like Hitler

“I’ve noticed as a writer that it’s sometimes hard—it’s really hard—to put inflection into written language.”

 


EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Performance Space in Troy, N.Y.

“I don’t really like theater that much, but I love images.”

 


MINGYUR RINPOCHE

Learning about Tibetan Buddhism from her Teacher

“I find the Tibetans really hilarious and fascinating, and the teaching for me has changed my life. It’s really very, very moving.”

 


URBAN CYCLING

Riding around New York City on a Dutch-style Bicycle

“You just think, ‘I’m in Paris in 1920 or Amsterdam.’ No, actually, I’m in New York in 2009.”

 


SOUND GARDENS

Designing and Building Garden Spaces that Speak

“I’m doing these little chamber music pieces for rocks and trees and grass.”


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