Laura Mayer is an Associate Producer at WNYC.
Art-rocker Laurie Anderson thinks of herself as a kind of god. That's what she told theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin during a session of the Rubin Museum of Art's Brainwave series, which pairs neuroscientists with artists and visionaries from multiple disciplines.
Anderson spoke with Levin about everything from the nature of time and light in outerspace to scientific concepts that have since been disproven. Spoiler alert: Levin's favorite "wrong science" is technicolor — a theory about subatomic particles and "a proposed fifth force that led to particles acquiring mass as the universe cooled."
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On Size: "I'm a miniaturist, and I don't go for universal stuff. I go for details. I love little tiny details."
On Understanding Everything: “I'm an artist, so I think of myself as a kind of god."
On NASA's Greening of Mars Project: "Since we know so well how to take care of planets... We're gonna go take care of Mars!"