David Bowie's Hauntology
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  • 1. David Bowie's Hauntology Uncanny Media Utrecht, 2008
  • 2. The Diary of Nathan Adler, or The Art-Ritual Murder of Baby Grace Blue
  • 3. Bowie is uncannily doubled
  • 4. Bowie investigates his own murder
  • 5. The medium becomes uncanny by Bowie's modified presence
  • 6. Baby Grace
  • 7. Ramona A. Stone
  • 8. Leon Blank
  • 9. Nathan Adler
  • 10. The Minotaur
  • 11. “ We can superimpose the impossible materiality of representation on the impossible immateriality of the self, producing the represented self as spectral body: the very image of death” John Jervis, “Uncanny Presences”
  • 12. “ The transformations and doppelgängers of the modern Gothic exemplify [...] slippage of identity, [...] fragmentation of self” Linda Dryden, Modern Gothic and Literary Doubles
  • 13. We are taken outside a stable division of Bowie, character and representation
  • 14. “ He couldn't wait for 12 o'clock midnight He jumps up on the stage With a criss criss machete And slashes around cutting a zero in everything I mean a zero in the fabric of time itself” Segue – Nathan Adler
  • 15. “ No convictions of assertive saints believed Caucasian way-out tyrannical evoked no images described Christian saints questions no female described christian tyrannical questions R.A.Stone christian machine believed no work is caucasian assertive saints assertive believed female convictions martyrs and tyrannical are evoked Female described the fabric machine Slashing way out saints and martyrs and thrown downstairs” The Diary of Nathan Adler
  • 16. “ Lamb penis necklaces, goat-scrotum purses, nipple earrings, that sort of thing” The Diary of Nathan Adler
  • 17. “ ... boundaries between good and evil, health and perversity, crime and punishment, truth and deception, inside and outside dissolve and threaten the integrity of the narrative itself” Judith Haberstam, Skin Shows
  • 18. “ Wishful Beginnings ”
  • 19. Bowie’s identity has been playfully fragmented for the purpose of this album, haunting the images of the various characters, the sound of their voices and the ears of the listener.
  • 20. Thank you Steen Christiansen Aalborg University Denmark [email_address] newmappings.net