"I don't think we've even seen the tip of the iceberg. I think the potential of what the internet is going to do society - both good and bad - is unimaginable."
Source: David Bowie predicted the internet's impact on music and society
The video was filmed in 1999, but much of what he said is pretty good. One thing that really especially resonated with me was his discussion about Duchamp and then the audience finishing the work, and grey space that exists in the middle of the art and audience... (around the 10 minute or so mark). Without the audience, there is no art, it's truly meaningless. The audience interprets, give the art that meaning that maybe the artist wanted, maybe its something else. The author has died, just as Barthes might postulate...
And he wore stilettos and a dog collar to meet the PM. Magical!
Many thanks to Tanya for highlighting this video for me, enjoyable in the midst of a time where I do feel the loss.
He stole ideas from everywhere and was a great collaborator, pushing almost everyone he worked with to do their best work, but Bowie was always unmistakably Bowie, adding his own distinctive sense of style into the mix.
I've been a huge Bowie fan since I can remember music, I own every album he recorded up to the late eighties/early nineties, some of his music from that point was conflicting too much with my new found goth tendencies (my own reinvention of myself).
I've seen him live (I was the only goth at the Tin Machine concert in Brixton), I've read books and watched films and documentaries. Ziggy Stardust was also my karaoke debut in a small bar in Kyoto. His lyrics have meant much to me, even when that meaning is far and away from what was intended (I read today that Station to Station was a reference to the Christian stations of the cross...).
He was a chameleon, a re-inventor and a thief. Yes, according to the above from the Guardian, he stole his ideas, or at least some of them. How can I put this into my ethics debate?
I suppose the more important thing to take from the above quote though is that Bowie was always unmistakably Bowie.