“I am he who quotes, I am the sponge that absorbs, I am the shepherd of my own self. I am also very careful regarding the use of the word “innovative”. This word, particularly when one uses it to describe one’s own work, indicates a certain amount of arrogance. I would rather aspire to be someone who always tries out new things—both alone and together with other people. Ultimately I try to do the things that fascinate me.”
“Let’s Dance, Put on your Red Shoes and Dance the Blues.”
David Bowie no longer resides with us on Earth but he still ‘Is’. Through his music and his art, one of the most iconic and creative forces exists, lives, and endures in the hearts, minds and senses of millions.
Thankfully, his recent exhibition, ‘David Bowie is’, at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in Melbourne allowed us to celebrate his work and his life. The exhibition, an immersive and sensory experience, showcased his work over the past five decades with heavy emphasis on his early influences and his work and collaborations in the 1970s.
Once described as a “self-constructed freak,” David Bowie’s creative practices and progression as a singer, songwriter, artist, author, and actor were not contrived nor freakish, rather they were purely expressions of his authentic self. The notion of freedom of expression is often construed as an act of defiance or rebellion, but only if it challenges the social mores of the time.
What made David Bowie so intriguing was that his avant-garde authenticity transcended time, and continued to be modern, current, and relevant. David Bowie was an artist, David Bowie was a creative and prolific innovator, David Bowie was provocatively and boldly authentic, and he always will be.