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Rigour And Play: Laurie Anderson's Favourite Films
Mat Colegate , January 22nd, 2016 09:27

On a recent visit to London the performance artist, director and musician took time out to talk about her 13 favourite films with Mat Colegate

The boundaries between film, art, music and performance have all been resolutely tested by Laurie Anderson during her four decade long career. Originally obtaining a degree in sculpture, Anderson went on to define the look, sound and feel of New York's late '70s/'80s underground art scene with performance works such as Duets On Ice, albums like Big Science and Mister Heartbreak and collaborations with everyone from William S. Burroughs to John Giorno to Robert Wilson. But it's safe to say that, although perhaps better known as a musician, in particular for her surprise UK number two hit, 'O Superman' in 1981, film has always held a central place in her work. A contributor to and composer of countless soundtracks, from Swimming To Cambodia to The Rugrats Movie, she has also directed a concert film, Home Of The Brave, a short, What You Mean We? and, most recently - following the death of her husband, Lou Reed - a moving meditation on mortality Heart Of A Dog. The Quietus got time for a quick chat with her during a recent visit to London, and took the opportunity to ask her which films had left the most lasting impression on her life and work. Click the picture below to begin scrolling through the list, which is in no particular order.

Laurie Anderson is the Guest Director of Brighton Festival 2016 (7-29 May 2016), which is media partnered by The Quietus. Full programme details will be announced on 17 February. For more information visit the website here.

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