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Hauntology
All things hauntological, atemporal and future past nostalgic in music, media, art and ideas
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David Bowie's Hauntology - Steen Christiansen

From 2008 -Paper presented at Uncanny Media, Utrecht, Netherlands.

 

'David Bowie's now-defunct rock-opera trilogy's first instalment 1. Outside is filled with uncanny mediations of rock music's chameleon. The inner sleeve booklet is titled The Diary of Nathan Adler, or the Ritual Art-Murder of Baby Grace Blue: A non-linear Gothic Drama Hyper-Cycle. Behind this long-winded title, is the story of a murder, narrated by several characters through both text, music and images.

 

Bowie, however, is the narrator of all these different voices, using technology to distort his voice into these different characters as separate entities. His voice and presence haunts the entire album in uncanny forms, just as all images in the booklet are distorted images of Bowie himself, made into uncanny doubles. The story begins with the murder of Baby Grace Blue, who is enacted by Bowie himself. Symbolically, Bowie is murdered by himself, while Baby Grace haunts the entire album's Gothic and labyrinthine structure.' - Steen Christiansen

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From 2008

 

'Hauntology Lately I’ve been immersing myself in hauntological music. The genre, best described in the Arthur Blog and K-Punk’s “Music is dead! Long live hauntology!”, often recalls imagery reminiscent...'

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