David Bowie defies expectations again with an Instagram miniseries.
by Cindy Grogan
Many note that the songs and accompanying videos are an elegant meditation on mortality, art and fame. In the weeks since he died, fans have been delving into the piece. The album went to Number 1 in 20 countries; the video for “Lazarus” alone has been viewed 32 million times.
But Bowie left us one more piece of the puzzle. “Unbound” is an Instagram “miniseries” that he authorized, based on the album. The 16-episode series offers visual interpretations of the songs. In the spirit of today’s short attention span, they last 15 seconds each.
As with much of Bowie’s work, it’s strongly rooted in the visual; there’s no linear narrative. Instead, the images are designed to evoke the mood of the album’s music, lyrics and artwork. ActressPatricia Clarkson (Six Feet Under) and Rookie Magazine‘s Tavi Gevinson star (if that’s what you call it).
As someone whose generation was captivated by music videos on MTV (when they actually played videos), I think this new mashup of music and visuals is something perfectly suited to Bowie’s forward thinking. It’s a nod to the future, as only he could provide.
“Unbound” first aired on February 25th, with new episodes released each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. ET throughout the run of the series. Catch it here.
UNBOUND: A ★INSTAMINISERIES
AN INTERPRETATION OF AND INSPIRED BY DAVID BOWIE’S NEW ALBUM FEATURING TAVI GREVINSON, PATRICIA CLARKSON & OTHERS
Available at instagram.com/instaminiseries.
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