Anderson – Fiddling On Mars?

Laurie Anderson is NASA’s artist-in-residence. Didn’t know NASA had an artist? Yup – the program was started in 1963. But previous a-i-r haven’t been performance artists. “The idea of an avant-garde electronic fiddler hanging out with rocket geeks at NASA’s research centers may seem like an odd collaboration. The researchers’ reaction to their visitor was mixed, according to a NASA newsletter. One confessed to being a huge fan; another doubted the partnership of art and science. ‘What’s she going to do, write a poem?”