​avant garde art star laurie anderson to direct 2016 brighton festival

The American artist will follow on from Brian Eno and Anish Kapoor as director of the seaside town’s annual arts festival.

by Felix Petty
08 January 2016, 12:48pm

Iconic American performance artist Laurie Anderson is set to take over the reigns as the Director of the Brighton Festival, as the seaside town's arts festival, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Most famous as a performance artist, and for O Superman single, a nine-minute long piece of audio-visual art that rose to number 2 in the charts in 1981, Anderson has been one of America's most daring art pioneers since the start of her career in the 70s. She's worked with John Giorno, Nam June Paik, Lou Reed, Brian Eno and Phillip Glass, she's been artist-in-residence for NASA and constantly pushed the boundaries of music, art, and film.

Most recently she performed a concert for dogs in New York's Time Square, and released her first feature length film, Heart Of A Dog, which dealt with the death of her husband, Velvet Underground's Lou Reed, and her terrier, Lolabelle.

The full line-up for the festival will be announced on February 17th and will revolve around the theme of home. In a statement, Laurie said: 'I'm so happy to be serving as Guest Director of Brighton Festival in its historic 50th year. Our theme of home and place is especially relevant with so many people in the world on the move now looking, like all of us, for a place we can belong. I've been part of the Festival several times and it was exciting to watch the city become the heart of so much art. I'm looking forward to being part of it this year.'


Laurie Anderson
Brighton Festival