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Laurie Anderson was born in Chicago in 1947. One of eight children, she studied the violin and played in the Chicago Youth Symphony. She graduated in 1969 from Barnard College in New York, and went on to study at Columbia University, working toward a graduate degree in sculpture. The art scene of the early 1970s fostered an experimental attitude among many young artists in downtown New York that attracted Anderson, and some of her earliest performances as a young artist took place on the street or in informal art spaces. In the most memorable of these, she stood on a block of ice, playing her violin while wearing her ice skates. When the ice melted, the performance ended. Since that time, Anderson has gone on to create large-scale theatrical works which combine a variety of media—music, video, storytelling, projected imagery, sculpture—in which she is an electrifying performer. As a visual artist, her work has been shown at the Guggenheim Museum, SoHo; as well as extensively in Europe, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She has also released seven albums for Warner Brothers, including "Big Science," featuring the song “O Superman,” which rose to number 2 on the British pop charts. In 1999, she staged "Songs and Stories From Moby Dick," an interpretation of Herman Melville’s 1851 novel. She lives in New York.

Assembling Bodies: 

Exhanges in


The 3rd annual New England Graduate Media Symposium is themed Assembling Bodies: Exchanges in Collaboration and will showcase projects that explore collaboration as a subject.  We invite graduates from a range of disciplines to present work and engage in panel discussions surrounding collaborative methods of artistic production that raise questions about process, community engagement, agency, authorship and conflict.  Our objective is to challenge how we think about various models and theoretical frameworks relating to collaboration and to create the opportunity for new approaches to be shared with a larger community.  Collaboration can also include using space, objects, time or any other interpretation you might have.  Just make sure you explain how you think your work connects to our theme of collaboration when submitting.


The Paramount Theatre opened its doors on February 25, 1932 as one of the premiere art deco movie palaces built by Paramount Studios. Architects from the firm Elkus Manfredi worked with Evergreene Architectural Arts to replicate the paint and decorative motifs throughout the theatre to restore it to its original look. Today, the Paramount Center, which includes the adjoining "arcade" building, provides theater space, film screening room, rehearsal rooms, classrooms, and a dormitory.

The Paramount Mainstage seats 590

New England Graduate Media Symposium