Laurie Anderson Quotes

Laurie Anderson is an American avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director who is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology.

“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

“As an artist I’d choose the thing that’s beautiful more than the one that’s true.” – Laurie Anderson

“Art is about paying attention.” – Laurie Anderson

“A lot of artists who have a certain style are expected to more or less keep doing their style. It’s so easy to get into that rut of production.” – Laurie Anderson

“Something that has so much power must have life. Instruments have life.” – Laurie Anderson

“The only stuff I don’t like are Broadway musicals. I hate them. I don’t even like to talk about it. I can’t bear musicals.” – Laurie Anderson

“A lot of words in English confuse the idea of life and electricity, like the word livewire.” – Laurie Anderson

“Performance art is about joy, about making something that’s so full of kind of a wild joy that you really can’t put into words.” – Laurie Anderson

“My secret dream is to write an epic poem. That’s probably the most pretentious thing I’ve said.” – Laurie Anderson

“Writers want to summarize: What does this mean? What did we learn from this? That’s a very 19th-century way of thinking about art, because it assumes that it should make our lives better or teach us something.” – Laurie Anderson

“It’s good to take a longer view and think, What would I really like to do if I had no limitations whatsoever?” – Laurie Anderson

“The problem with prototypes is they don’t always work.” – Laurie Anderson

“You can do great things with low-tech stuff.” – Laurie Anderson

“My job is to make images and leave the decision-making and conclusion-drawing to other people.” – Laurie Anderson

“I so much appreciate it when anybody tries to make something and tries to be an artist – I’m happy to see the work.” – Laurie Anderson

“I really trust audiences as having excellent taste, for the most part.” – Laurie Anderson

“The thing that’s characteristic of my performance is that I literally do drag the whole studio onto the stage.” – Laurie Anderson

“I just sort of wish people would dance differently. It reminds me of teenage sex.” – Laurie Anderson

“Art can be engaged in the world without being specifically politically engaged.” – Laurie Anderson

“At the School of Visual Arts in New York, you can get your degree in Net art, which is really a fantastic way of thinking of theater in new ways.” – Laurie Anderson

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