3/28/18 - Critically-acclaimed artist Laurie Anderson to perform at the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities

Avant-garde artist, composer, musician, and film director Laurie Anderson will give a multimedia performance and reading of her new book, All the Things I Lost in the Flood, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13 as a part of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities' Presidential Guest Artist Series. 
 
Anderson has published seven books during her career, and her newest release, All the Things I Lost in the Flood, is a series of essays about stories and language. 
 
"This book is about language in live performances, the difference between spoken and written words; the influence of the audience; the use of first-, second-, and third person voices; metaphor; politics-as-stories; codes; the difference between language in stories, dreams and songs; misunderstandings and new meanings," writes Anderson.
 
In celebration of the book's publication (released by Rizzoli in February '18) the artist will present a limited number of performances, including the Governor's School event, which entails a reading and presentation of the texts with visual images and a discussion of her iconic work with voice, electronics, codes, narrative styles, and digital language. The evening will also include accounts of many of Anderson's projects, operas, installations and inventions as well as an inside look at the artist's methods, strategies, failures, and Plan B's. 

Best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology, as writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist, Anderson has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music. Her visual work has been presented in major museums around the world. 
 
In 2002, Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA. In 2015, her film, Heart of a Dog, was chosen as an official selection of the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. She is the recipient of the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, the Pratt Institute's Honorary Legends Award, and Yoko Ono's Courage Award for the Arts. 

During her residency with the Governor's School, Anderson will present a school-wide performance and artist talk, which will include visual arts students from the Fine Arts Center, who will all receive copies of the artist's work to take home or add to their library collections. She will also spend time with the Governor's School's Visual Arts students in the classroom.
 
The S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities' Presidential Guest Artist Series, sponsored by The Graham Foundation and First Citizens Bank, brings world-renowned artists to Greenville to expand arts education opportunities and provide inspirational and impactful arts experiences for Governor's School students, participating Greenville County schools, and the Upstate community. 
 
The Laurie Anderson performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in the Smith Recital Hall on the Governor's School campus, 15 University Street, Greenville, SC, 29609. Tickets can be reserved at Eventbrite.com.