Tai Chi, Meditation, and Making Art
In these two-hour sessions, renowned artist-in-residence Laurie Anderson leads an exploration of how tai chi and meditation can shape the music and art we make. Building on her celebrated career as a performer, artist, and musician, Anderson will share her insights into the complementary practices of disciplined physical movement and creative expression in all its forms.
“As a martial artist, I am not expert enough to teach a real tai chi class,” Anderson writes. “However we will go over the basic moves and approaches and I believe that artists can benefit greatly from this way of blending the physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines.”
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One of America’s most renowned performance artists, Laurie Anderson’s genre-crossing work encompasses performance, film, music, installation, writing, photography, and sculpture. She is widely known for her multimedia presentations and musical recordings and has numerous major works to her credit, including United States I-V (1983), Empty Places (1990), Stories from the Nerve Bible (1993), Songs and Stories for Moby Dick (1999), and Life on a String (2001), among others. She has taken part in countless collaborations with an array of artists, from Jonathan Demme and Brian Eno to Bill T. Jones and Peter Gabriel.
Anderson has invented several technological devices for use in her recordings and performance art shows, including voice filters, a tape-bow violin, and a talking stick. In 2002, she was appointed NASA’s first artist-in-residence, and she was also part of the team that created the opening ceremony for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She has published six books, produced numerous videos, films, radio pieces, and original scores for dance and film. In 2007, she received the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for her outstanding contribution to the arts. She lives in New York City.