EMPAC To Host Two Laurie Anderson Events This Semester
Laurie Anderson, one of America’s foremost contemporary artists, is developing new works as the inaugural distinguished artist-in-residence at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). As part of her ongoing residency, Anderson will engage with Rensselaer and the greater Capital Region community through a series of events focusing on special topics unique to her practice as an artist.
Anderson’s genre-crossing work encompasses performance, film, music, installation, writing, photography, and sculpture. She is widely known for her multimedia presentations and musical recordings and has numerous major works to her credit, including United States I-V (1983), Empty Places (1990), Stories from the Nerve Bible (1993), Songs and Stories for Moby Dick (1999), and Life on a String (2001), among others.
Anderson has invented several technological devices for use in her recordings and performance art shows, including voice filters, a tape-bow violin, and a talking stick. In 2002, she was appointed NASA’s first artist-in-residence, and she was also part of the team that created the opening ceremony for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She has published six books, and produced numerous videos, films, radio pieces, and original scores for dance and film. In 2007, she received the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for her outstanding contribution to the arts. She lives in New York City.
On Thursday, Feb. 14, Anderson will deliver a talk titled “Designing + Customizing Instruments for Performance and Recording,” where she will discuss her ever-evolving development of new instruments and interfaces for her productions and performances, and her “new rig,” which allows her to travel with a suitcase of her custom configuration of instruments. She will be joined by her software and hardware collaborators Konrad Kaczmarek, Liubo Borissov, and Shane Koss. She will also discuss her new work with the Kronos Quartet, which premieres in April as part of the inaugural performances of the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford.
The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the EMPAC Theater. Admission is free; however, reservations are recommended and can be made in person at the box office or by calling (518) 276-3921. Tickets will be available for pick-up starting at 5 p.m. the evening of the performance; they must be claimed by 6:45 p.m. or they will be released.
On Thursday, May 2, EMPAC will present back-to-back presentations that will provide audiences with a unique opportunity to be fully immersed in Anderson’s films and videos. “The Films of Laurie Anderson” will showcase screenings of many of her works, beginning at 5 p.m. in the EMPAC Theater. At
8 p.m., the evening will be capped off with a screening of a silent film to which Anderson and Pauline Oliveros, professor of practice in the arts department at Rensselaer, will play together.
Admission for the campus community is free; however, reservations are recommended and can be made in person at the box office or by calling (518) 276-3921 later this spring.
More information can be found at empac.rpi.edu/events/2013/spring/laurie-anderson.