Exhibition-Conference on The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie 1965—2015

Posted on Dec 3, 2014

Exhibition-Conference on The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie 1965—2015
From Dr Sean Redmond

I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I’m living
on.Coming to Australia in 2015, ACMI presents David Bowie Is, the acclaimed global exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum. As part of this ground-breaking multi-media experience will be the conference, The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie 1965—2015, reflecting upon his cultural and artistic significance through the most important frames.

The conference will be held at the ACMI in Melbourne on the 17th and 18th July 2015 and will include talks and presentations in the exhibition space.

For exhibition details see: https://www.acmi.net.au//bowie

David Bowie’s cultural and artistic currency is presently at an all time high with his first album in almost a decade, The Next Day (2013), reviewed as one of the greatest rock comebacks ever (Gill, 2013); the release of a series of portentous music videos that recall and reflect upon his artistic career; the record-breaking David Bowie Is global exhibition tour, and; the recently released ‘Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)’ from his forthcoming compilation album spanning 50 years of recorded work on Nothing Has Changed (November, 2014).

Against this energetic background, the conveners regard this to be a perfect moment to consider and reflect upon the cultural and artistic significance of and on ‘David Bowie’ in rock, pop, film, art, fashion and performance.

For this special ACMI sponsored conference, we are seeking academic abstracts of 250 words (for papers that will be 20 minutes in duration), or similar length proposals for performances or creative expressions that assess Bowie in relation to his music, performativity, and identity. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Stream 1: Fashion
• Shoes
• Costume
• Body
• Style
• Hair
• Make-up
• Skin
• Eyes

Stream 2: Creativity/Performitivity
• Art/ist
• Act/or
• Video
• Film
• Photography
• Theatre
• Lyrics
• Music
• Spectacle
• Parody
• Desire
• Alter egos

Stream 3: Transgression

• Religion
• Gnosticism
• Ageing
• Death
• Sexuality
• Androgyny
• Scandal
• Madness
• Drugs

Stream 4: Covers and Collaborations

• Invent
• Appropriate
• Recycle
• Mash-up

Stream 5: Selling ‘David Bowie’

• Commercial ventures
• Adverts
• Selling out
• Corporate image
• Cultural, media memory
• Fandom

The Deadline for abstracts or proposals is 1st February 2015, with decisions made by the 1st March 2015.

Expression of interest enquiries can be made anytime up to the 1st of February, to Angela Ndalianis at angelan@unimelb.edu.au, Sean Redmond at s.redmond@deakin.edu.au and Toija Cinque at Toija.Cinque@deakin.edu.au  (abstracts should be sent to these email addresses also).

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