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

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 7:30pm

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Kiplinger Theatre
430 College Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT and the waitlist is full!

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.

Our Sept. 26 event will feature a conversation between Anderson and Music Professor Judith Peraino, set to begin 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 are free, but should be secured on Eventbrite.

Cornell Cinema screenings

In preparation for Anderson’s visit, Cornell Cinema will be showing three films by and about Anderson during the month of September:

Sisters with Transistors, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.

Home of the Brave, Sept. 12 at 7p.m.

Heart of a Dog, Sept. 19 at 7pm. 

These screenings are free and open to the public. Order your tickets at the links above or visit the Cornell Cinema website.


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. Registration is currently open to Cornell faculty planning to bring their class to the exhibit. To schedule a course visit, contact Mia Spada (mls47) to confirm availability. Class size is limited to 8 students per hour.

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. 

 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.

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