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Laurie Anderson Quotes


American experimental performance artist and musician.
(1947 - )

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A lot of artists who have a certain style are expected to more or less keep doing their style. It's so easy to get into that rut of production.
 

A lot of the work in United States is highly critical of technology. I'm using 15,000 watts of power and 18 different pieces of electronic equipment to say that.
 

A lot of words in English confuse the idea of life and electricity, like the word livewire.
 

As a New Yorker, I'm someone who lives on an island and looks across to America.
 

As an artist I'd choose the thing that's beautiful more than the one that's true.
 

At the School of Visual Arts in New York, you can get your degree in Net art, which is really a fantastic way of thinking of theater in new ways.
 

Besides all those whaling details, Moby Dick is about someone who's looking for something so huge, something they've wanted all their life, yet they know when they find it, it will kill them.
 

I don't take compliments so well. I always hang my head and shuffle and kind of try to immediately forget.
 

I have written a few children's books. The first book that I wrote was for children. It was called "The Package", and it was a mystery story in pictures. It had no words.
 

I have written a lot about snakes. There's something pretty primordial about it.
 

I just sort of wish people would dance differently. It reminds me of teenage sex.
 

I really like books that you can kind of hear as much as think about, that are so graphic and visual.
 

I see and write things first as an artist, second as a woman, and third as a New Yorker. All three have built-in perspectives that aren't neutral.
 

I so much appreciate it when anybody tries to make something and tries to be an artist - I'm happy to see the work.
 

I think a lot of people in Washington are extremely suspicious of NASA.
 

I think artists who are attracted to working on the Net will adjust their work to the capabilities of a very small screen.
 

I think women are excellent social critics.
 

I'm a real workaholic.
 

I'm an average enough person to point to the things I've gotten to see that are awe-inspiring.
 

I'm not usually where I think I am. It's kind of spooky.
 


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