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Richard Hell and The Voidoids
Accommodating the consumer TV set's small scale for her first music video, Anderson used close-up shots, exaggerated silhouettes of her shadow-puppet hands, and her glowing face, illuminated by a tiny pillow speaker placed inside her mouth that emanated a prerecorded violin solo she modulated with her lips. She wired her head and performed a drum solo on her skull, turning herself into an instrument.
Laurie Anderson (American, born 1947), O Superman. 1983. Video (color, sound). 8 min. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Warner Bros. Records. Image courtesy the artist