For more than 40 years, New York performance artist Laurie Anderson has created art defined not by genre but by inspiration and technology. The result is a body of work that is wildly diverse, with a unified purpose to reflect the world in all its melancholy, disjointed, mesmerizing glory. This month, Anderson spends a weekend in Seattle, performing her latest work, Dirtday!, between appearances at Kane Hall for an informal lecture (Friday, Oct. 19) and the Intiman Theatre for a panel discussion on “the Role of Art in Civic Action” (Sunday, Oct. 21). On the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests, Anderson spoke with us as she wandered the streets of Berkeley prior to a performance of Dirtday!
Dirtday! is the third in a trilogy of storytelling works started in 2002. Did you know what this piece was going to look like ten years ago?