Workshop and Lecture: Experimental Performance Artist Laurie Anderson

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The Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology (GTCMT) presents noted experimental performance artist Laurie Anderson for a public workshop and lecture. Anderson will discuss her recent works and collaborative experimentation with Georgia Tech students, faculty and researchers.

During her visit, Anderson also will work with researchers from GTCMT, the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, the School of Psychology, and the School of Interactive Computing on a study that explores how musicians translate dynamic visual displays into music.

About Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson is one of today’s premier performance artists. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. Initially trained as a sculptor, she did her first performance-art piece in the late 1960s.  Anderson has gone on to create large-scale theatrical works which combine a variety of media—music, video, storytelling, projected imagery, sculpture—in which she is an electrifying performer. As a visual artist, her work has been shown at the Guggenheim Museum in SoHo, New York, as well as extensively in Europe, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She has also released seven albums for Warner Bros., including “Big Science,” featuring the song “O Superman” which rose to number two on the British pop charts.

Anderson has invented several novel musical instrument that she has used in her recordings and performance art shows. In 1977, she created a tape-bow violin that uses recorded magnetic tape on the bow instead of horsehair and a magnetic tape head in the bridge. In the late 1990s, she developed a talking stick, a six-foot-long batonlike MIDI controller that can access and replicate different sounds. In 1999, she staged “Songs and Stories From Moby Dick,” an interpretation of Herman Melville's 1851 novel. She lives in New York.


  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created By: Teri Nagel
  • Created: 01/20/2011
  • Modified By: Fletcher Moore
  • Modified: 10/07/2016

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