Laurie Anderson + Your Repetition
AT HOME ART DATE | read revisit write
I see and write things first as an artist, second as a woman, and third as a New Yorker. All three have built-in perspectives that aren't neutral.
-- Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson is a musician and avant-garde artist from the United States. In 1981, her track "O Superman" peaked at number two on the UK singles chart. She also appeared in and directed the concert film Home of the Brave, which was released in 1986. Anderson is an electronic music pioneer who created various gadgets that she has utilized in her recordings and performance art presentations. From April 2008 until his death in 2013, she was married to singer-songwriter Lou Reed. The couple had two kids.
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This AT HOME ART DATE is a chance for you to make a noise.
(element one) READ this excellent essay by Margaret Atwood on Laurie Anderson’s Big Science here.
(element two) REVISIT O Superman here.
(element three) WRITE down the word ARTIST followed by your name. Then write down your PRONOUNS. Then write down the name of the TOWN you live in.
For example: ARTIST. PATTIE. MILES. SHE. HER. CHIMACUM. Repeat these words out loud several times. Follow this with individual words describing more facts about yourself. Keep going until you’ve created your personal version of a rhythmic, repetitive song ala Laurie Anderson. Go further and add phrases you often say, jokes that make you laugh. Create your perspective of the world in words and rhythm. Make it your mantra.
How does it feel to create a song about all that you are?
If you seek perfection, you will never reach completion.
Finished? Congratulations. Well done, artist!
Please share your song with friends. Even share it on social media! Try always to share your art.
I hope you find Laurie Anderson + Your Personal Repetition to be a compelling AT HOME ART DATE.
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