Cosmology, Integration of Time: Laurie Anderson in Yucatan !

On Tuesday December 2nd, 2014, recording artist, violinist and vocalist Laurie Anderson will be performing at Hacienda San Pedro Ochil.

The performance brings together the iconic composer and performing artist Laurie Anderson, and James Turrell, master of light and perception. This confluence of visions that expresses Turrell’s interest in Cosmology and ancient life with Anderson’s fascination for the human condition, stories and civilization dilemmas will fuse into the Mayan World.

This historic performance will take place at Árbol de Luz, an installation by Turrell, reated around a ¨cenote¨,found within a XVII century Hacienda in the Mayan world.


Who is Laurie Anderson?

One of America’s most renowned — and daring — creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist and vocalist she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater and experimental music.

Her recording career, launched by “O Superman” in 1981, includes the soundtrack to her feature film “Home of the Brave” and “Life on a String” (2001). Anderson’s live shows range from simple spoken word to elaborate multi-media stage performances such as “Songs and Stories for Moby Dick” (1999). Anderson has published seven books and her visual work has been presented in major museums around the world.

Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson

In 2002, Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA which culminated in her 2004 touring solo performance “The End of the Moon.” Recent projects include a series of audio-visual installations and a high-definition film, “Hidden Inside Mountains,” created for World Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan. In 2007 she received the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for her outstanding contribution to the arts. In 2008 she completed a two-year worldwide tour of her performance piece, “Homeland,” which was released as an album on Nonesuch Records in June 2010. Anderson’s solo performance “Delusion” debuted at the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad in February 2010.

In October 2010 a retrospective of her visual and installation work opened in Sao Paulo, Brazil and later traveled to Rio de Janiero. In 2011 her exhibition of new visual work titled “Forty-Nine Days In the Bardo” opened in Philadelphia, and “Boat,” her first exhibition of paintings, premiered at the Vito Schnabel Gallery in New York. She has recently been appointed as a three-year fellow at both EMPAC, the multi media center at RPI in Troy, NY, and PAC at UCLA. Anderson lives in New York City.

Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson

” Laurie’s work is at the same time deeply profound and magical. She ingeniously brings together the profound power of a place with her own magnetism. She is always thinking about how to use technology in a very personal way. She responds to what’s present in very evocative ways…”


Who is James Turrell?

James Turrell is one of the most compelling artists of our time. He creates some of the most mysterious and fascinating environments using light and space as his media. This subtle and deeply moving work expands audiences’ impressions and perspectives on the mere experience of perception.

James Turrell
James Turrell

Originally from Los Angeles, he did his undergraduate studies at Pomona College focused on psychology and mathematics; only later, in graduate school, did he pursue art. He received an MFA in art from the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California. Turrell’s work involves explorations in light and space that speak to viewers without words, impacting the eye, body, and mind to heighten awareness. Informed by his studies in perceptual psychology and optical illusions, Turrell’s work allows us to see ourselves “seeing.” Whether harnessing the light at sunset or transforming the glow of a television set into a fluctuating portal, Turrell’s art places viewers in a realm of pure perceptual experience.

Turrell's work at the Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas. The piece, tucked away on the third floor of Louis Vuitton (Photo: Google)
Turrell’s work at the Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas. The piece, tucked away on the third floor of Louis Vuitton (Photo: Google)


His fascination with the phenomena of light is ultimately connected to a very personal, inward search for mankind’s place in the universe. Influenced by his Quaker faith, which he characterizes as having a “straightforward, strict presentation of the sublime,” Turrell’s art prompts greater self-awareness through a similar discipline of silent contemplation, patience, and meditation. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards such as Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships.

James Turrell, Sculptor of Light

James Turrell’s work can be seen in many great museums the world over. His site-specific pieces have reached some of the planet’s remotest corners, from Roden Crater in Arizona and the Arctic to the Colome Valley in Argentina. He is also sought after as a lighting designer for opera and theatre worldwide.


by Barbara London

Former MoMA curator of Media and Performance Art



Phillip Glass concert at "Arbol de Luz" San Pedro Ochil, Yucatán 2013.
Phillip Glass’ concert at “Arbol de Luz” San Pedro Ochil, Yucatán 2013.

Arbol de Luz, Hacienda Ochil

(Site-specific art by James Turrell)

Árbol de Luz is one of Turrell’s most recent sources of inspiration, through which he looks to recognize our contemporary connection with the ancient Mayan Cosmos.

The cenote is set in the heart of San Pedro Ochil, a 17th century hacienda, serving originally as an active producer of henequen (sisal) in the Peninsula of Yucatan, Mexico.

Arbol de Luz
Arbol de Luz




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