Laurie Anderson's "O Superman" launched her recording career, rising to number two on the British pop charts and subsequently appearing on Big Science, the first of seven albums for Warner Bros., including Mister Heartbreak, United States live, Strange Angels, Bright Red, and the soundtrack to the feature film Home of the Brave. Ms. Anderson is currently recording her first release for Nonesuch Records, Songs and Stories from Moby Dick, while her award-winning CD-ROM Puppet Motel has just been re-released by Voyager.
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Ms. Anderson has toured the world numerous times with shows ranging from simple spoken word performances to elaborate multimedia events. Her stage production of Songs and Stories from Moby Dick opens the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in October 1999, and will subsequently tour major cities in the US and Europe. Previously, Ms. Anderson toured the world with both her one person show The Speed of Darkness and her major multimedia stage production The Nerve Bible.
Ms. Anderson's work as a visual artists was most recently on view in June 1998 in her major installation Dal Vivo at the Prada Gallery in Milan. her work has also been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in Soho as well as in Europe. Her newest work will be unveiled at the reopening of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in January 2000. The Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, represents Ms. Anderson's visual artwork.
Ms. Anderson has created numerous videos and films, and she has contributed music to films by Wim Wenders and Jonathan Demme and dance pieces by Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, Melissa Fenley and others. She has created pieces for National Public Radio, BBC, and Expo 92 in Seville. In 1997, she curated the two-week Meltdown festival at Royal Festival Hall in London. The American Composers Orchestra has commissioned Ms. Anderson to write an original musical work for Orchestra. The piece, which is based on the life of Amelia Earhart, will have its world premiere at Carnegie Hall on February 27, 2000.
Recognized worldwide as a leader in the pathbreaking use of technology in the arts, Ms. Anderson is currently devising new creative tools — including the Talking Stick — with Interval Research Corporation, a research and development laboratory founded by Paul Allen and David Liddle.
Abrams will publish the first major career retrospective of Ms. Anderson's work in a volume that will be released in April 2000.
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