R.I.P. David Bowie, 1947-2016

RIP David Bowie, one of the great artistic geniuses of our time. We all know him as a musician, actor, and erstwhile painter, but he was also a very astute cultural observer. Here he is in an interview from 1999, discussing the internet and how it will change the creative process. Remarkably forward thinking, and spot on with his predictions.


Here are a few select quotes from Bowie in this interview:

“We are living in total fragmentation”

“It’s almost like the artist is to accompany the audience, and what the audience is doing, and that feeling is very much permeating music, and permeating the internet”.

“The breakthroughs of the early part of the century with people like Duchamp who were so prescient in what they were doing and putting down, the idea that the piece of work is not finished until the audience come to it and add their own interpretation, and what the piece of art is about is the grey space in the middle. That grey space in the middle is what the 21st century is going to be about.”

“Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” ― Marcel Duchamp