January 12th, 2016
David Bowie Is… coming to a cinema screen near you
You’ve four weeks to check out seminal retrospective David Bowie Is at the V&A before it embarks on its worldwide tour. For those who can’t make it before August 11? Grab a ticket for David Bowie is happening now, a series of screenings filmed on location at the VIPDavid Bowie Is closing night and live streamed into cinemas across the country.
David Bowie Is.. album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973, copyright Brian Duffy
Cleverly curated to take its audience on a journey from a pedestrian childhood in south London via his multiple incarnations – from Aladdin Sane to the Thin White Duke – and eclectic influences makes David Bowie Is a veritable assault on the senses. Ambient strains of Bowie’s most recognisable tunes are layered with the autoplay songs and spoken word which switch on in your Sennheiser headsets as you move around the space, creating a seamless, immersive experience which drives home his iconic status.
‘My aim for David Bowie Is has been to turn stereo sound into immersive surround sound. To achieve this, I developed an algorithm to convert Bowie’s mono and stereo material into a multi-channel music experience.’ said Sennheiser’s Gregor Zielinsky. And it works.
I’ve had an unashamed crush on David Bowie ever since i witnessed his turn as the Labyrinth’s Goblin King, circa 1987. Who didn’t? As David Bowie Is attests, here is a man who helped kickstart modern times’ exploration of cool androgyny, new masculinity and ambiguous sexuality – all the most stylish buzzwords of AW13. His influence is as keenly felt today as it was 40 years ago, in fashion as much as in music – from those slick girl-meets-boy trouser suits seen at Saint Laurent to the hard-to-define beauty of models Sam Rollinson and Binx.
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