David Knight - 8th Jan 2013

David Bowie 'Where Are We Now?' by Tony OurslerDavid Bowie 'Where Are We Now?' by Tony OurslerDavid Bowie 'Where Are We Now?' by Tony OurslerTen years since his previous material, and with the rumour mill grinding ever louder about his apparent reclusiveness and state of health – and then suddenly, wonderfully, David Bowie returns with a new single – on his sixty-sixth birthday. It's the melancholic but beautiful Where Are We Now?, the first single from a new album, coming in March. And there's a video too, by the multimedia artist Tony Oursler. And of course as Bowie's first new visual statement in a decade it's almost as important as the music in suggesting an answer to that question: where is David Bowie now? The answer, in terms of the video, is somewhere low-key, lo-fi, reflective and looking at the world with a dry, self-deprecating humour. But there are numerous ways to interpret Bowie having his face projected onto the head of a teddy bear-sized dummy in (presumably) Oursler's studio in New York, together with an unknown young lady. And that's going on right now elsewhere... But it seems pretty much pitch perfect to me, even down to Bowie's one real concession to the truly modern in the video, the presence of the lyrics... Happy birthday David - thanks for the present. David Bowie Where Are We Now? Director: Tony Oursler Watch: DavidBowie.com

Credits

DirectorTony Oursler

David Knight - 8th Jan 2013

Related Content

video

Max Cooper 'Repetition' by Max Cooper

This mesmerising video by Kevin McGlouglin is a stirring paean to human progress, set to a pounding electronica score by Max Cooper. In a series of kaleidoscopic vignettes, elements of an urban …

Ned Botwood - 4 hours ago

video

Foy Vance 'To Memphis' by Gregg Houston

Gregg Houston follows Foy Vance across the recording process of his new album To Memphis in this new mini-documentary, and it is stirring stuff.  

Rob Ulitski - 10 hours ago

Latest News