Heart Of A Dog – *(*)

Posted: January 3, 2017 in 2015, Art, USA, X1/2
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Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson reflects on her relationship with her beloved terrier Lolabelle. The imdb synopsis says it all. She reflects on a lot of other things as well and uses all kinds of different filming techniques from animation to camcorder shots to widescreen cinemascope images.

It’s something you may want to watch during a visit of a Modern Art museum, when it’s raining so much outside that you want to stay inside for a bit longer and decide to look at that video installation in the back room for its entire length. It’s also the kind of video installation you’d watch for five minutes in a modern art museum when the weather is nice outside and think: interesting, but I’d prefer to walk in the museum garden now.

As a movie experience it’s weird. As a piece of art it’s too long. As a personal story it’s great. The artist becomes 70 this year. She has a great voice. It’s nice to listen to her and name drop Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein as if they are names that everyone should be familiar with. Some of her thoughts are really interesting. Others just seem so trivial. But it doesn’t sound fake.

It’s not boring. It actually entertains. It’s just… weird.



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