Raise your hand if you love dogs. Great! Raise your hand if you love performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson. Even greater.
Monday night, the American artist is hosting a free concert in New York City's Times Square to honor 9/11 first responder dogs. According to a press release, the performance will be transmitted to "silent disco" headphones for humans and low-decibel speakers for dogs. Cue giant d'awww.
Anderson's performance coincides with this month's "Midnight Moment," courtesy of Times Square Arts. Throughout January, portions of Anderson's film "Heart of a Dog," recently shortlisted for an Oscar, will be shown on Times Square’s electronic billboards from 11:57 p.m. to midnight.
"Heart of a Dog" is described as a selection of vignettes that celebrate "dogs, time, family, love, memory and death." The portion of the film set for viewing involves a melodic collage of images that shift from a dog's eye view to the lens of a surveillance camera to free floating photos, mimicking the sequence of a dream state. This segment references "The Tibetan Book of the Dead," which describes the transition of energy and consciousness at the time of death.
"I love Times Square," Anderson explained in a statement to Times Square Arts. "It's a dream. Desire, speed, the explosions of color, patterns and energy. What a great way to start the New Year! The ball drops and 'Heart of a Dog' leaps onto all those massive screens at three minutes to midnight. Who could have predicted the unraveling dreams of my dog would be magnified up there like this? And sound too!"
Anderson will join NYPD canine handlers and their dogs for the Jan. 4 gathering that will begin at 11:30 p.m. on Duffy Square and culminate in the 11:57 viewing of the work. The event is free and open to the public (headphones will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis starting at 11 p.m.).
And yes, you are encouraged to bring your furry friends.
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