Here’s a serious question: how do I describe someone like Laurie Anderson? Finding just a phrase to capture her interdisciplinary essence and existence is difficult by definition. Anderson contains multitudes. As a performance artist, she speaks to different crowds at the same time: visual artists, philosophers, musicians, cinema people, inventors, scientists, and avant-garde academics. Her first major album is called Big Science, and she is without a doubt a Big Thinker™.
Anderson will visit here as she tours a new project, Language Of The Future, but she's also known for spontaneity and switching things up. The audience might expect some content from her recent film Heart Of A Dog, which was filmed and scored by Anderson herself, and centers around her late (and extremely adorable) rat terrier Lolabelle. It’s a meditation on loss—of Lolabelle but primarily of the late Lou Reed, her partner, who passed away during the making of the film. She’s officially on a book tour, with her autobiographical memoir Laurie Anderson: All The Things I Lost In The Flood, set to be released on February. She’ll probably talk, sing, dance, perform—and inspire. —Chali Pittman