Music and Media: Laurie Anderson, Michel Gondry, and Brian Eno
September 23–October 7, 2004
Music is at the forefront of this interdisciplinary experimentation. Musicians led the way in developing new working methods—they were interdisciplinary from the start. The work of Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, and Michel Gondry evinces their backgrounds in music; Anderson was a teenage violin soloist, Gondry played drums in a rock band, and Eno is a well-known pioneer of electronic music.
Music is infused with a wild, innovative energy that has proven especially invigorating to media art, an art form that thrives on trampling conventional restrictions. The development of media art over the recent decades paralleled the transformation of our musical environment. For Anderson, Eno, and Gondry, music and art are not separate forms. In their art and in their careers, these artists merge the two forms seamlessly. Installations, feature films, performance pieces, and other hybrid projects are imbued with a sensibility that owes much to the artists' musical background.
Each evening, the program will pair an artist with a commentator who finds the artist's work exhilarating. The dialogue between the artist and the interviewer will be rounded out with screenings, sounds, and other media works.