Stories from the night - mission 04
This little dharma art mission is taking its inspiration from Laurie Anderson, and particularly her film, ‘Heart of a Dog’.
In the interview below she talks about making 'Heart of a dog'. She also muses on all kinds of other topics, such as, the importance of making things as short as possible, how to know when you are finished, about being ‘artist in residence’ at NASA and on the western idea of 'beauty as symmetry' which apparently in the east is seen as ‘idiotic’, I think that is the word she uses!
Heart of a dog
The film is a meditation on love and loss. It’s a non-linear weaving together of stories, images and dreams. It’s about the stories we tell, about remembering and forgetting, and all the fragments that are left that seem to make up our lives.
It focusses around three deaths. The death of her rat terrier, Lollabelle (a highly talented dog, who plays the piano and paints). The death of her mother, who she didn’t love. And the death of a Buddhist friend, the Tibetan monks shouting in his ear, ‘YOU ARE DEAD, you see two lights, don’t go to the nearest light…’
The film barely mentions Lou Reed, just as Laurie Anderson doesn’t talk about him in the interview above. They had been together for 20 years when he died in 2013 and the film came out a couple of years later, so I guess, implicitly at least, it is about him.
Dharma art mission 04
The mission this week is to watch the film ‘Heart of a Dog’ (you can rent it on iTunes for £3.49 not to be confused with a Russian film of the same name).
Then you can do any of the following -
1. Draw a picture of a dream you once had.
2. Record the audio of you telling the story of a dream, take your inspiration from Laurie and let the telling be slow and spacious.
3. Do both and put the two together.
4. Share the finished thing, that would be awesome!