Quotes by: Laurie Anderson
Anderson in the 1980s
||Laura Phillips Anderson
June 5, 1947 |
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States
||Musician, performance artist
||Violin, keyboards, percussion, vocals
||Warner Bros., Nonesuch/Elektra
||Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, John Zorn, Nile Rodgers, Colin Stetson, Adrian Belew, David Van Tieghem, Janice Pendarvis
Besides all those whaling details, Moby Dick is about someone who's looking for something so huge, something they've wanted all their life, yet they know when they find it, it will kill them.
Writers want to summarize: What does this mean? What did we learn from this? That's a very 19th-century way of thinking about art, because it assumes that it should make our lives better or teach us something.
Why do you have to translate and decode things? Just let the image be. It will have a special kind of reality that it won't once it's decoded.
I have written a few children's books. The first book that I wrote was for children. It was called 'The Package', and it was a mystery story in pictures. It had no words.
I really like books that you can kind of hear as much as think about, that are so graphic and visual.
I think artists who are attracted to working on the Net will adjust their work to the capabilities of a very small screen.
When love is gone, there's always justice. And when justice is gone, there's always force. And when force is gone, there's always Mom. Hi, Mom!
The only stuff I don't like are Broadway musicals. I hate them. I don't even like to talk about it. I can't bear musicals.
People are really suffering these days. There's a lot of corporate triumph and a lot of personal despair as they wonder what are they working for.
I'm an average enough person to point to the things I've gotten to see that are awe-inspiring.
I just sort of wish people would dance differently. It reminds me of teenage sex.
The thing that's characteristic of my performance is that I literally do drag the whole studio onto the stage.
I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art, which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby since I hadn't made money with it.
At the School of Visual Arts in New York, you can get your degree in Net art, which is really a fantastic way of thinking of theater in new ways.
A lot of words in English confuse the idea of life and electricity, like the word livewire.
People only stutter at the beginning of the word. They're not afraid when they get to the end of the word. There's just regret.
Paradise is exactly like where you are right now... only much, much better.
A lot of the work in United States is highly critical of technology. I'm using 15,000 watts of power and 18 different pieces of electronic equipment to say that.
My secret dream is to write an epic poem. That's probably the most pretentious thing I've said.