Laurie Anderson in Conversation
September 6 2006
In collaboration with International Arts Initiatives
Laurie Anderson is one of the world's most accomplished performance artists. She has consistently intrigued, entertained and challenged audiences over the course of her career. In a special intimate candle-lit evening at the Ironworks Studio, Anderson shared insightful and thought-provoking observations on her work and the world in conversation with Paul Armstrong, director of International Arts Initiatives. At this event, Anderson also shared selections from some of her film projects including Hidden Inside Mountains, commissioned by EXPO 2005 Aichi, Japan.
Hidden Inside Mountains is a series of short stories about nature, artifice and dreams. Located in a fictitious world of theatrical spaces, the stories unfold through music, gesture, text passages and the poetry of variously juxtaposed, evocative visual images. Both joy and loss are expressed in the film's dreamlike texts, written by Anderson and shown in both Japanese and English. The film's haunting music features violins, bells, dog barks and melody as well as many of Anderson's signature electronic sounds, and features a guest appearance ofAnderson's's beloved pet, Lolabelle the Dog.
Download a .PDF (1.1MB) about "Hidden Inside Mountains".
Laurie Anderson's artistic career has cast her in roles as various as visual artist, composer, poet, storyteller, photographer, filmmaker, electronics wiz, vocalist and instrumentalist. She has collaborated with other great artists of our time, notably William Burroughs, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Philip Glass, Wim Wenders, Robert Lepage and Lou Reed.