Laurie Anderson - Whirlwind
  Year :   1996
  Location :   Germany
  Worktype :   Installation
  Info :   sonambiente Festival, akademie der künste, Berlin, 9. august bis 8. september 1996

  Work Details  
  You know Stephen W. Hawking has this theory – about information and where it goes when it disappears. According to his theory, when a black hole implodes all the information about the objects that have disappeared begins to skid down an infinitely long tunnel. All those numbers and calculations and deviations are swirling around in a huge whirlwind. So here are the questions: Is time long? Or is it wide? Are things getting better or are they getting worse? Can we start all over again? You know I did an interview with John Cage and I spent some time with him and I noticed that he seemed to be such a happy guy. I mean he was eighty years old and he was always smiling. Now a lot of old people are in pretty bad moods by that point but he wasn’t and I was supposed to be asking him about music and information theories but what I really wanted to know was whether he thought things were getting better or worse, because this was something that was really just on my mind. But it seemed like such a stupid question that I was afraid to ask. So I talked around it for a while, sort of building up to it, and I was saying things like Well according to theories of evolution, if there was a race between a modern horse and a prehistoric horse the modern horse would win because it’s faster more efficient it has adapted and are we like that too? And then on the other hand, according to Richard Dawkins, there are some problems with this. For example, it would have been a great thing if fire-breathing animals had evolved. I mean this would have been a very convenient thing just – wwwff! cook your food on the spot. And then asbestos coated nostrils could have evolved so the nose wouldn’t get singed and so on… but the fire-breathers never evolved and why didn’t they since… Finally Cage said, Exactly what are you trying to say? And I said Arethingsgettingbetteroraretheygettingworse? And he stopped only for a moment and said, Oh better. Much better. I’m sure of that. It’s just that we can’t see it. It’s just that change happens so slowly. Laurie Anderson Accessed 31.05.2007 from