Film series: Arts Unplugged—Laurie Anderson

scene from the film HEART OF A DOG
HEART OF A DOG (2015, dir. Laurie Anderson)
scene from the film HOME OF THE BRAVE
HOME OF THE BRAVE (1986, dir. Laurie Anderson)

Building an Ark: A Conversation with Pioneering Artist Laurie Anderson on Innovation and Storytelling

The College of Arts & Sciences is thrilled to host multimedia artist Laurie Anderson for our fall Arts Unplugged event, which brings research and creative works into the public sphere for discussion and inspiration. 

In preparation for Anderson's visit, Cornell Cinema will screen three films by and about Anderson's work, including:

Sisters with Transistors on Tuesday, September 5 at 7pm
Introduction by Professor Judith Peraino

Home of the Brave on Tuesday, September 12 at 7pm
Introduction by Professor Austin Bunn

Heart of a Dog on Tuesday, September 19 at 7pm
Introduction by Professor Alex Reed (Ithaca College)

All screenings are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, September 26, Laurie Anderson will join in conversation with Music Professor Judith Peraino at 7:30 p.m. in the Kiplinger Theater of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, 430 College Ave. The pair will explore the arc of Anderson's creative career, discuss the intersection of technological and artistic innovation, and offer some glimpses into Anderson’s next project. Tickets to this event are free, but should be secured on Eventbrite.


Take part in the “To the Moon” Virtual Reality Experience

For three weeks surrounding Laurie Anderson’s visit to campus, members of the Cornell community will have the chance to explore Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang's atmospheric “To the Moon” virtual reality experience at Cornell’s Center for Teaching Innovation, Room 123 Computing and Communications Center on the Ag Quad. 

The VR experience uses images and ideas from literature, science, science-fiction space movies and politics to create a dark new version of the moon. During the 15-minute experience, the viewer is shot out from Earth, walks on the surface of the moon, soars through space debris and summits a lunar mountain. "To the Moon" has been exhibited at the Public Theatre and the Smithsonian Museum.

The experience will be open from Sept. 18 through Oct. 6. Space is limited and priority will be given to Cornell students. Sign up details are forthcoming on the Arts Unplugged website.

This exhibit is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Milstein Program for Technology & Humanity, the Music Department, the Department of Performing & Media Arts, the Center for Teaching Innovation, the Media Studies Program, the Society for the Humanities, and the Department of Design Tech.

Related films

Scene from the film Sisters with Transistors

Sisters With Transistors


Scene from the film Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave


Scene from the film Heart of a Dog

Heart of a Dog