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This Weekend
Animal cognition considered, music for dogs
Laurie Anderson has created

Cool words and music in New York City and Sydney this weekend.

On Saturday at 3 p.m., an anthropologist, evolutionary biologist, neuroscientist, primatologist and others tackle “long-held assumptions about the differences between ‘animal’ and ‘human,’” including many ideas about how dogs think and feel as part of “All Creatures Great and Smart.” The panel is part of the World Science Festival at New York University, and will be streamed live and available as a replay. I love technology.
On Sunday, June 6 at 10 a.m., the Sydney Opera House (actually the forecourt at the opera house) goes to the dogs—and this is no exaggeration for effect—when Laurie (Big Science, Sharkey’s Day) Anderson debuts “Music for Dogs” before a dual-species audience. The 20-minute composition features high-frequency sounds only the dogs will hear. Anderson told a news conference, she was motivated, in part, by the idea of a dog audience. Click for details about the performance at the Vivid Sydney arts festival, curated by Anderson and Lou Reed. There’s no indication the performance will be streamed, but here’s hoping we’ll have a chance to listen with our own pups soon.


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Photo courtesy Vivid Sydney.

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