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Laurie Anderson Home of the Brave Performance art can be understood as a critique of the radically different representations of what culture considers real Out of combinations of narrative movement and sound real experiences borrowed from mass media culture are re-constructed commentaries on signification gender and communications technology In performance every action is part of an overall investigation of music and art Laurie Anderson creates her unique composition with visual stylishness in her multi-media theatrical event called Home of the Brave The musical show consists of ambient sound spoken word narration songs and dance Many times she uses a synthesizer to alter her voice to what seems like the male voice of authority The performance features the use of various film clips animated images and words which are projected onto a large screen behind the musicians It highlights a mix of seemingly random ideas and images that are humorous and raise questions for the viewers as well Home of the Brave Laurie Andersons film of 1986 specifically targets explorations into what is considered avant-garde and mass-culture performance Experimenting with sound language movement and received ideas in popular culture Her blending of media in conjunction with her referencing of popular technological and world cultures invites the viewer to experience Andersons thought process Lines between such dualities as manwoman musictypography artistviewer and avant-garde artpopular entertainment purposely are placed out of focus
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