“David Bowie Is” Is Getting An App On Bowie’s Birthday
The exhibition simply named David Bowie Is, which drew over 2 million visitors across 12 cities, is getting a new life and a new app, due to appear on your phone on January 8th, 2019, what would have been David Bowie’s 72nd birthday.
The David Bowie is Augmented Reality mobile app will be available in iOS and Android everywhere and will make you relive the fabulous exhibition curated by Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh. If you are like me and didn’t have the chance to see it (it was only visible in New York in the US and closed its doors on July 15th, 2018), the app promises to bring back the visual richness of the show, which exposed the visionary nature of Bowie and his music.
Through the app, you will have access to five hundred high resolution captures of costumes, videos, handwritten lyrics, original works of art and more. Among these costumes, you will be able to see more than 60 stage outfits including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddie Burretti, Kansai Yamamoto’s flamboyant creations for the Aladdin Sane tour (1973), and the Union Jack coat designed by Bowie and Alexander McQueen for the EART HL I NG album cover (1997).
Photography by Brian Duffy, Terry O’Neill, and Masayoshi Sukita, album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell, cover proofs by Barnbrook for the album The Next Day (2013), visual excerpts from films and live performances including The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), music videos such as Life on Mars? (1973), “Heroes” (1977), Boys Keep Swinging (1979), Ashes to Ashes (1980), Let’s Dance (1983) and Blackstar (2015), and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974) are also included. But fans will also be able to see personal items such as never-before-shown storyboards, handwritten set lists, and lyrics as well as some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores, and diary entries.
The app is a collaboration between the David Bowie Archive and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., who hosted the exhibition in Tokyo in 2017, whereas studio Planeta in New York is designing and developing the AR/VR interpretations of the original museum experience at the V&A. The AR adaptation promises to let you explore Bowie artifacts in 3 dimensions with costumes, musical scores, storyboards, handwritten lyrics, diary entries all in 360-degree detail, enhanced by an immersive audio experience featuring Bowie’s music and narration.. and there is a plus as the mobile app will feature 60 new items not featured in the original exhibition.
The app will be obviously offered in different languages (seven of them), you just have to subscribe here to know when the app is available.