We are delighted to announce that Guest Director of the 50th Brighton Festival in 2016 is the pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson.
Renowned for her inventive use of technology - from her 1981 hit O Superman to her appointment as NASA’s first artist-in-residence - Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most daring creative pioneers. Her eclectic, multidisciplinary career has spanned the worlds of art, theatre and experimental music and has seen her create works as a writer, director, visual artist and vocalist. Most recently Anderson has garnered acclaim for her first feature film in almost 30 years - Heart of a Dog - which reflects on the deaths of her husband Lou Reed, her mother, her beloved dog, and such diverse subjects as family memories, surveillance and Buddhist teachings.
Brighton Festival attracts inspiring and internationally significant Guest Directors who bring cohesion to the artistic programme with British sculptor Anish Kapoor as inaugural curator in 2009 followed by the godfather of modern music Brian Eno in 2010; the Burmese Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 2011; actress and Human Rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave in 2012; poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen in 2013; choreographer, composer, musician and performer Hofesh Shechter in 2015; and award-winning author Ali Smith in 2015.
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