Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Laurie Anderson at the Barbican

I've had a little fascination going on with laurie anderson ever since discovering her O Superman song (via booka shade and MANDY taking it to the dancefloor a few years ago now)...

here's the original, amazing! released in 1981... avant garde...

when i lived in New Yoik they had an exhibition on at the MOMA about NYC music scene in the 70s and 80s (best time to be there)... Laurie featured in it quite a lot, so naturally my interest was piqued when i found out there was an exhibition on at the Barbican entitled: Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s'... featuring Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown and Gordon Matta-Clark... I didn't really get Matt-Clark's work and found it a little boring. Trisha's was good but would have been more fun to take part (people walking across walls and on a big spider's web of clothes)...

laurie's however, I loved. she did an experiment to see if the place where she fell asleep effected her dreams... i'm obsessed with anything dream related so of course i love this idea. she slept on coney island, in a court room, in a waiting room and others, and then noted down her dreams..

she also had a talking pillow that you lay on and hear her voice and a violin.

and a table that plays music you can hear through your elbows.

and a chair and light music thing that i stared at for quite a while.

i really like people like her. would like to have a cup of tea with her and her husband lou reed :)

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