Night Life

Night Life

By Laurie Anderson

Edition 7L, Hardcover, 9783865213396, 120pp.

Publication Date: November 2006

"Night Life" is Laurie Anderson's diary of a year of dreams. Its pages recreate each night's mental show as a work of art, employing Anderson's skill in theater, lyrics and narrative to investigate the workings of her mind in the languages of dreams, drawings and text. She describes the book thus: For the last year I've been on the road with a solo performance. Every night another theater, another hotel room. Gradually my dreams became wild, vivid, more and more relentless. Headless singing squirrels, vast empty spaces, bizarre clatterings and invasions. My own dark and private theater was slowly taking over. I began to draw these dreams literally out of self-defense. I kept the computer drawing tablet next to the bed and tried to capture them in their most raw state. After many months of drawing my dreams I was drawn into the odd language and logic of the images. Often I drew my own head in the foreground. What did that mean? Who's watching who? Often the dreams were alternate versions of the day's events. Sometimes they were heavily charged atmospheres, sensations, emotions. Depictions of bewilderment, ecstasy, weightlessness, abandonment, freedom.

About the Author
Laurie Anderson is one of the seminal artists of our time. Her work in performance, film, music, installation, writing, photography and sculpture has influenced a generation. Over the past 30 years, she has published six books, produced videos, films, radio pieces and scored dance and film. Most recently, she worked with the team that created the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and as the first-ever artist-in-residence at NASA. As she speculated in the resulting performance piece, The End of the Moon, she may also be their last. Her film Hidden Inside Mountains is currently appearing in festivals.