Laurie Anderson

1947 –
Airing Heart of a Dog (2015) on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 9:45 AM on TCM

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers. Best known for her multimedia presentations, innovative use of technology and first-person style, she is a writer, director, visual artist and vocalist who has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music.

Her recording career, launched by “O Superman” in 1981, includes many records released by Warner Records among them “Big Science” (1982), the soundtrack to her feature film “Home of the Brave”(1986) “Strange Angels” (1989) “Life on a String” (2001) “Homeland” (2008) and “Landfall” (2018) released on Nonesuch which recently won a Grammy Award in 2019 for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

In 2002, Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA which culminated in her 2004 solo performance “The End of the Moon”, the second in a series of three “story” performances along with “Happiness” (2001) and “Dirtday” (2012) all of which toured extensively internationally.

Anderson has published eight books. Her most recent release – “All The Things I Lost In The Flood” (Rizzoli) – is a series of essays about pictures, language and codes.

Anderson’s films include numerous music videos and installation works as well as Carmen (1992), the high definition Hidden Inside Mountains (2005) and Arte-commissioned  Heart of a Dog (2015) which was chosen as an official selection of the 2015 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.

In 2017 Anderson joined four other artists in Mass MoCA’s Building 6 inaugurating a fifteen year rotating exhibition of work.  Anderson will show pieces from her archive as well as new work. Included in the first exhibition cycle are her virtual reality collaborations with Hsin-Chien Huang “Chalkroom” and “Aloft”.  “Chalkroom” has been featured in film festivals all over the world including the Venice Film Festival where it won the award for “Best VR Experience” under its Italian title “La Camera Insabbiata”. Along with their most recent VR piece “To the Moon,” all three were presented at the 2019 Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.

Select Filmography

Heart of a Dog (2015)
Laurie Anderson: Collected Videos (1990)
Home of the Brave: A Film by Laurie Anderson (1986)
Dearreader: How to Turn a Book Into a Movie (1974)