United States I-IV
First Performed in 1983 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music before touring to London and Zurich
A seven-hour multimedia performance, “United States I-IV” combines earlier versions of Anderson’s “United States” with newly developed material. An audio recording of the performance was released as a five-disc album by Warner Bros. The performance combines text, photography, music, film, and projected drawings is thematically organized into four sections: “Transportation,” “Politics,” “Money,” and “Love.” The various sections share recurrent images and musical motifs it is a heterogenous mixing of genres and is regarded as an inspiration to performance artists in its scale and potential.
Performance Art, Installation Art, Video Art
Born: 5 June 1947, Illinois, USA
Laurie Anderson is an avant-garde artist, composer, musician, and film director. Her work spans performance art, pop music, and multimedia projects. Initially trained as a violinist and in sculpting, Anderson pursued a variety of performance art projects in 1970s New York, particularly focusing on language, visual imagery, and technology. Anderson became widely known in 1981 when her single “O Superman” became a hit