The Town Hall Presents


A Reading and Performance with Music, Visuals and Electronics

At The Town Hall, Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8pm

Special Event in Conjunction with the Debut of her New Book, All the Things I Lost in the Flood,

A Series of Essays on Stories and Language

"The world is made of stories, and as stories escalate and get shorter and shorter until they're ten word tweets and as our sense of reality continues to shred, we see that this is not a political situation, it's an existential one.

And we suddenly see: we're drowning in our own stories." Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson's new book All the Things I Lost in the Flood is a series of essays about stories and language. In celebration of the publication of the book (released by Rizzoli) the artist will present a special performance at the Town Hall in New York City on Thursday, February 15. The performance All the Things I Lost in the Flood includes visual images - many of them previously unpublished - as well as intimate performances with commentary of some of her iconic work with voice, electronics, codes, narrative styles and digital language. The evening also includes 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. A book about performance comes to life again as a performance.

Says Anderson: "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."

"This book is also about books. In many of my films, stories and songs, there is a book in the middle. Sometimes it's right there in the title like Songs and Stories for Moby Dick and sometimes it hides in the center or shapes the overall style or structure. Crime and Punishment , Moby Dick, The Tibetan Book of the Dead and the Bible are among the books that show up in my work."

An icon of performance art and the indie-music world, Anderson has written the first book on her full career to date. She is one of the most revered artists working today, as prolific as she is inventive. She is a musician, performance artist, composer, fiction writer, and filmmaker (her most recent foray, Heart of a Dog, was lauded as an "experimental marvel" by the Los Angeles Times). Anderson moves seamlessly between the music world and the fine-art world while maintaining her stronghold in both. A true polymath, her interest in new media made her an early pioneer of harnessing technology for artistic purposes long before the technology boom of the last ten years. Regardless of the medium, however, it is exploration of language (and how it seeps into the image) and storytelling that is her métier.

The performance at the Town Hall on February 15th will weave together all the elements of Anderson's life and work at the intersection of art and technology. As John Leland recently noted in the New York Times, "After 40 years, still, no one tells stories like Laurie Anderson."

Anderson's prior appearance at The Town Hall in February of last year, an improvisational debut with bassist Christian McBride and cellist Rubin Khodeli, was named one of the Top Ten Jazz Concerts of 2017 by The New York Times.

Copies of All the Things I Lost in the Flood will be available for purchase at the show.

The Town Hall Presents

LAURIE ANDERSON: All the Things I Lost in the Flood

Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8pm (doors 7:30pm)

TICKETS: $47/57


123 West 43rd Street (between 6th Avenue and Broadway)

New York, NY 10036

TICKETS at The Town Hall Box Office 212-997-6661

or Ticketmaster 1-800-653-8000


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