Laurie Anderson named EMPAC's first distinguished artist-in-residence

delusion_Laurie_anderson1.jpg

Laurie Anderson will spend the next three years inventing stuff at EMPAC.

Experimental media and performance artist Laurie Anderson will spend the next three years at RPI as EMPAC's first distinguished artist-in-residence. Anderson has a history of using science and engineering to create new artwork, inventing things like a tape-bow violin and talking stick.

This isn't Anderson's first experience at EMPAC. In 2009 she spent some time there working on a piece called Delusion -- a series of stories about longing, memory and identity that incorporated multidisciplinary elements that included music, visuals, altered voices, and electronic puppetry.

You can get a little bit of a sense of Delusion (and Laurie Anderson's disenchantment with rectangles) in a video clip after the jump. Heads-up: it's not you -- the interviewer is speaking Swedish, but you'll understand what's going on.

Until now EMPAC's residencies have been project specific. There's no word yet on what kind of plans Anderson has for her three year stay in Troy, but EMPAC says it's looking forward to working with her to combine engineering and science to find creative approaches to the arts. They also say Anderson will be sharing some of her creative practices with the campus through lectures, workshops and demonstrations.

Photo: Leland Brewster courtesy of Laurie Anderson

Comments

Great news, but not really much of a surprise. Now let's get Brian Eno to pay a visit - then I'll be impressed! : )

I wasted $15 once when I bought what I thought was an album by Loni Anderson.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Deconstructing the Beatles, two ways

Musicologist Scott Freiman will be back at Proctors February 11 for two presentations of "Looking Through A Glass Onion: Deconstructing The Beatles' White Album." Tickets... (more)

A good contractor for installing a fence?

Erica emails: I'm writing to ask for any recommendations for fencing companies. I know there are a number of options in the Albany area but... (more)

"There's an enormous disconnect with younger citizens in understanding the impact that local governments have"

Voter turnout among young adults is tends to be low in most elections, and as this article over at Governing highlights, it's usually very low... (more)

New online home for the Cohoes Mastodon

The State Museum has launched a new mini website for the Cohoes Mastodon exhibit and it's worth a look. The site is full of interesting... (more)

Death Wish Coffee founder at Startup Grind

Mike Brown -- the founder of the Round Lake-based Death Wish Coffee Co. -- is the speaker for the next event in the local Startup... (more)

Recent Comments

It amazes me that people still pin budgetary issues for old post-industrial upstate cities on individual mayors. This is a nationwide problem for all but the largest cities. But it's depressing that issues like getting vacant or dilapidated properties back on the tax rolls or making it easier for small businesses to open are being addressed and no one even notices. Given that, exactly what incentive is there for any politician to do anything? I'll give all the candidates a fair hearing, Sheehan included. But if we want to have any chance of fixing our problems, we really need to start acknowledging the progress we have made.

A good contractor for installing a fence?

...has 2 comments, most recently from Jeff

Carolyn McLaughlin is running for Albany mayor

...has 11 comments, most recently from gb

What if tearing down I-787 could actually improve traffic?

...has 43 comments, most recently from Yea

The push to breathe life into the buildings that breathed light

...has 1 comment, most recently from Stan

Pizza dinner at Mia Lucci's

...has 6 comments, most recently from Zed Fecten