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Q & A with the irrepressible Laurie Anderson

October 16, 2010 |  7:00 am

LaurieLaurie Anderson brings “Delusion,” her latest work of multimedia performance art and music, to UCLA’s Royce Hall on Thursday. She’s based in New York with her rock musician husband, Lou Reed, and blind rat terrier, Lolabelle, who played piano at the June record release party for “Homeland,” her first album in nine years (yes, the dog played piano).

But Anderson is still an irrepressible globetrotter; she chatted by phone from São Paolo, Brazil.

What are you doing in Brazil?

A big exhibition of all sorts of things — instruments I designed. It’s a big museum show, a retrospective of stuff. We’re building big listening devices, and we’ve set up various sets from different performances and are doing these big installations. It’s really fun. Basically, my world is big, dark places like theaters, and to put it in a museum context is sometimes strange. This is the first time it’s worked, so it’s really, really fun. Because we have really big, cavernous rooms with huge projections, so it gives you the sense of being in a theater instead of some big, white-walled institution.

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-- Irene Lacher

Photo: Anderson with Lolabelle.Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times