“Anderson continues to imbue her work with a singular
perspective that is both haunting and timeless.”

The New Yorker

Iconic performance artist Laurie Anderson expands upon her work fusing storytelling and technology, creating an installation and performance piece that examines lost identity, memory, and the resiliency of the human body and spirit.

This gripping new artwork interweaves film, sculpture, music, and video to examine the story of Mohammed el Gharani, one of the youngest detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Open to the public during the day, HABEAS CORPUS encourages visitors to use the drill hall as place to meditate on time, identity, surveillance, and freedom. The evocative environment within the drill hall includes an original, immersive soundscape that blends guitars and amps in feedback, originally designed by Lou Reed, with sounds derived from audio surveillance and nature. The space will also be activated by improvised music performances throughout the day and concludes at night in a celebratory concert and dance party with Syrian singer Omar Souleyman, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, guitarist Stewart Hurwood, and Anderson herself.

The installation also includes additional film installations including From the Air, which explores the impact of global events on daily life and resonates with many of the themes explored in el Gharani’s story.

The result is a groundbreaking new work that spans the worlds of visual art, performance, and experimental music as created by one of America’s most renowned and daring artistic pioneers.

Join us for libations at a special bar in the Board of Officers Room until 10:00pm.

Bringing Guantánamo to Park Avenue - The New Yorker
The Prisoner Is Present - The Huffington Post

Artist: Laurie Anderson

Commissioned by Park Avenue Armory

Photo: Tatijana Shoan

HABEAS CORPUS is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

HABEAS CORPUS is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



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October 2–4, 2015


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Friday–Sunday: 12:00pm–7:00pm
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Tickets: $45, includes access to the installation

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