May 31, 2011

'Delusion' in Germany: Read. Look. (Part Two) (UPDATED)

Again: the titles in bold take you to the original articles (written in German), the English titles after the = signs link to their translation into English by Google. All links open in new windows.


Kassel / documenta Archiv:

Laurie Anderson in Hofgeismar / Kassel, Germany, May 2011
(photo by Dirk Schwarze)

May 30, 2011

'Delusion' in the UK: Read (UPDATED)

Reviews of 'Delusion' from Brighton, UK:

What Laurie Anderson Sees in the Mirror...

In her own words of wizdom: Laurie Anderson reflects on her appearance in last Saturday's edition of Guardian*.

* Along with a ten-year-old portrait? Really??

"Make your travel plans now."

I'm not sure if there exists a phrase like that in English but I can't help saying it: if the following didn't exist, it should have been invented.

What the hell, you're asking, Dearreader?

Laurie Anderson as the voice of a planetarium. For real. Holy cr*p, this is so her. Me wants to go to Chicago, I mean, right now (hoping the show is still running). (No, of course it's not in the programme anymore.)

This video is a trailer for Time/Space, Adler Planetarium's animated show on the past and the future of the Cosmos, produced in 2005, narrated by Laurie Anderson:

(extra: a press release of the show from a previous version of Laurie's website)

May 27, 2011

When the Musician Meets the Explorer

"For me, art is about being able to see something or hear something in a really concentrated, focused way. It's not the stuff you put into museums. [...] To me, art is about being able to pay attention to the ocean sound that we live in, to start with, and the incredible things that we're seeing. And artists draw your attention to those things."
(Laurie Anderson at the Explorers Club in NYC, April 2011)

The Explorers Club uploaded their video of 'Music & Exploration – The Avant-garde Meets Exploration', a conversation between Laurie Anderson and David Rothenberg, recorded on April 25th, 2011:

The topics of the discussion were (amongst others): why animals sing, Laurie's concert for dogs in Sydney, researching dolphins' "talk", Lolabelle's illness and music therapy (alas, she has recently passed away :( ), the Estuarium ("it's great taking a dog to a fish museum" - L. A.), Laurie's rage against mp3 ("a horrible solution [for compressing audio data], crushing music to nothing"), a moving story about parrots' musical memory in a Vietnamese village; regret, image interpretation and self-expression - and many more.

May 25, 2011

'Delusion' in Germany: Look (Updated)

Laurie Anderson performing 'Delusion'
Berlin, Germany, May 2011
photo by Barbara Muerdter / Popkontext

More photos from Berlin:

'Delusion' in Germany: Read (Part One)

Reactions to Laurie Anderson's 'Delusion' in Germany so far: the titles in bold take you to the original articles (written in German), the English titles after the = signs link to their translation into English by Google. All links open in new windows.



    May 24, 2011

    Beruf: _ *

    "Ich kann machen was ich will." **
    (Laurie Anderson on the benefits of her career choice to be a multimedia artist)

    Zdf.kulturpalast's coverage of Laurie Anderson's 'Delusion' in Germany - after Berlin / before Hamburg:

    * Beruf = occupation
    ** "[I] can do whatever [I] feel like."

    May 23, 2011


    Poster for Laurie Anderson's 'Delusion'
    Hamburg, Germany, May 2011
    photo by Mnemosyne

    May 18, 2011

    Eine Kulturikone in Krems

    A short reportage about / interview with Laurie Anderson in Krems an der Donau, Austria (attention: it's overdubbed in German):

    May 17, 2011

    Studiogast bei radioeins

    Yesterday Laurie Anderson was the guest of radio eins' studio in Potsdam / Berlin, Germany:

    May 16, 2011

    "Here We Go", She Said (and She Meant It Literally)

    "From a program recorded on September 14, 1981, Charles Amirkhanian gets a demonstration of the Eventide Clockworks Harmonizer from Laurie Anderson. The Harmonizer is the piece of equipment that Anderson has used, with such great effect, to lower the pitch of her voice in real time, during her concerts", says the description of Ode To Gravity's September 14, 1981 issue at

    Before that, the program also features Fenway Bergamot's first ever public appearance at the Nova Convention in 1978 (at that time he was just "a pompous blowhard" (quote from L. A.)). The recording, titled 'Song from America on the Move', a two-part performance piece by Laurie Anderson and Julia Heyward, can be found on the LP 'The Dial-A-Poem Poets: The Nova Convention'; Laurie's part was later titled as 'The Language of the Future' (in 'United States Live I-IV.').

    • 00:45 - 07:02 The Language of the Future 
    • 07:03 - 09:23 interview

    "Deals with the Spiritual Issues..." - the Transcript

    Here's the transcript of 'Refiguring the Spiritual', a conversation between Laurie Anderson and the public on the 10th of February, 2011 at Columbia University. (I have already linked the audio recording of the conversation on this blog.)

    May 13, 2011

    Only in Case You've Got 25 Minutes. Seriously.

    May 1st 2011: Laurie Anderson's dramatic reading of James Salter’s short story, "Raphael" - a trademark andersonite multimedia presentation held amid Julião Sarmento's exhibition "Artists and Writers/House and Home" at the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton whatever blablabla.


    1. Lights off.
    2. A [...] of [...] at hand. (You name it.)
    3. Play button.
    4. Full screen.
    5. Enjoy.

    Bringing 'Delusion' to the Old Continent

    Listen to and read a short interview with Laurie Anderson who prepares for her European tour with 'Delusion':

    May 10, 2011

    Meanwhile, on the GRIT...

    "I would love "explorer" but on my passport it just says "artist". [...] I try to just be a good journalist, really, and look at what's going on. [...] I'm a storyteller. I'm not tapdancing around, I don't do that. Maybe I'm fooling myself. Hm..."
    (Laurie Anderson's attempts of self-description to Laura Flanders, 2011)

    Nostalgia, techno humiliation, art and politics, alter-egos as ways of escape, Laurie Anderson's saddest musical experience and many-many more in Laura Flanders' recent interview on GRIT tv:

    P. S.: Hm. Looks like the original Talking Stick is still in the hands of Homeland Security.

    Hänsel und Gretel in Krems

    'Transitory Life' in Krems, Austria, May 2011
    photo by Florian Schulte

    Hänsel und Gretel gibt es wirklich
    Und sie leben in Berlin
    Sie arbeitet als Cocktailbedienung
    Er hatte eine Rolle in einem Fassbinder-Film
    Und nachts sitzen sie da, trinken Schnaps und Gin
    Und sie sagt: Hänsel, du ziehst mich echt runter.
    Und er sagt: Gretel, du kannst wirklich ein Miststück sein.
    Er sagt: ich habe mein Leben mit unserem dummen Märchen vergeudet,
    während meine Liebe immer nur der bösen Hexe galt.

    Sie sagt: Was ist Geschichte?
    Und er sagt: Geschichte ist ein Engel, der rückwärts in die Zukunft geweht wird.
    Er sagt: Geschichte ist ein Trümmerhaufen,
    Und der Engel will zurückgehen, um die Dinge wieder in Ordnung bringen,
    Dinge reparieren, die zerbrochen sind.
    Aber da kommt ein Sturm aus dem Paradies,
    Und der Sturm weht den Engel zurück in die Zukunft.
    Und dieser Sturm, dieser Sturm heißt Fortschritt.

    German translation of Laurie Anderson's 'The Dream before'
    - as heard in Krems, Austria in May 2011
    Thanks, Angelika, for the help!

    May 7, 2011

    UPDATED: More from Krems

    Two Four more excerpts of 'Transitory Life' in Krems an der Donau, Austria:

    First, the frantic instrumental ending of the concert:

    And 'Flow', the mesmerizing reprise violin solo:

    Fenway Bergamot's first section: a specialized German-Austrian version ("should I buy a second BMW?") of 'Mambo and Bling' - you'll appreciate it especially if you're interested in the German translation of the piece since the video features mostly the subtitles on the background screen:

    'Hey Ah', the story of the old Cree Indian, plus Loscha, the 'Ugly One with the Jewels':

    UPDATE#2: Here's Donaufestival's official press photo album of the 5th of May - click below for more photos of Laurie's performance:

    Laurie Anderson performing 'Transitory Life'
    Krems an der Donau, Austria, May 2011

    Loscha in Krems

    May 2011: Laurie Anderson tells the story of the Ugly One with the Jewels in Krems an der Donau, Austria. Along with German translation in the background:

    From Krems with Luv

    Donaufestival, May 2011
    Krems an der Donau, Austria
    photos by Mnemosyne

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    May 1, 2011

    Music in Poetry. In Photos

    PEN Festival 2011: Poetry: The Second Skin

    By clicking on the photo above, you can flip through an extensive photo gallery of the Poetry section of this year's PEN Festival. The event, titled The Second Skin, took place on April 29, 2011 in New York City, with the main theme of "exploring the porous borders between poetry and music" - quite suitably to its curator and emcee.