David Bowie: You Remind Me of the Babe

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Metamodern Performing Arts. David Bowie.

”The text message leading to the phones violent duvet trebuchet was from my brother. It read: David Bowie is dead (frown emoticon).”

By Ian Miller (Cartographer of Satyrus Jeering)

I awoke to a text message from my brother. I was still sleeping when I jolted up from the sheets. I heard my phone hit the floor half way across the room, realizing the sound from a notification must have woken me up. I got out from under the warm covers and put my feet on the cold wood floor. The text message leading to the phones violent duvet trebuchet was from my brother. It read: David Bowie is dead (frown emoticon).

Last night, Karla (my partner) and I, watched the film Ex Machina for the first time. The haunting story of evolution settled in me as a matter of fact cinematic statement, and lead to a deep conversation between K and I. Questions arose in us which unraveled deep personal sentiments about the clinging to life we humans tend towards.

Emotional responses have often replaced logic in our longstanding quest for the grande purpose, as the tragedy of human history so willingly reveals. And so we talked deep into the night, abandoning the morning plans to sleep the existentialism off. After reading the news, I knew my social network feed would be brimming with the world’s sentiments of the man’s life, as the Starman was a rare talent in the way of breaking molds.

For me, David Bowie is Jareth. My first recollection of the glam icon’s life was in his depiction of the 1986, Jim Henson film, Labyrinth, where David embodies the Goblin King residing at the center of an otherworldly maze.

While many humorous memes have pointed to Jareth’s costuming over the years, it was the package of the magical world Henson created, paired with Bowie’s mythic vibe which captivated me at five years old. I wore the tape away on our families VHS copy. From the time I was five years old, I have watched David Bowie in Labyrinth annually in commemoration of my childhood; I am 35 now…



BLACKSTAR was David Bowie’s last contribution to the world of the performing arts. On his 69th birthday before his untimely death Blackstar was released.

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