Thinking Existenz - Ep 02 - Laurie Anderson
Directed by Graça Castanheira • Documentary • With Laurie Anderson • 2013 • 30 minutes
Ten personalities from diverse social and geographical backgrounds reflect on the world and its future. A portrait in multiple voices of contemporary reality, revealing the deep connections that exist between our mental models and the consequences thereof in our present day—for the individual, for life, and for the planet. A series of lessons about our time and the way we live in it.
Episode 2 stars Laurie Anderson, American artist uniting music, video, photography, sculpture and painting. In the 80s and 90s she was a precursor of contemporary electronic music. In 2010 she released the album Homeland. In Laurie Anderson’s words, technology is a mere tool—like the pencil—to design the world, allowing us to assess our capacity as acting individuals. This reality creates conflicting conditions: on the one hand, we are capable of determining our own existence; on the other, we are constantly limited by the way we design the world and life. This design is no doubt conditioned by external factors and obeys categories that have us think the world in a closed manner. Thus we become ignorant, creating a language and culture that don't allow us to ponder realities beyond those that we find within the perimeter in which we move—like poverty or war.