The latest David Bowie tribute will have a heavy social media component. This Thursday marks the start of UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries, "a journey of evocative images inspired by the... music, lyrics and artwork" from Bowie's ★ album. The 16 episode series features Tavi Gevinson, whose role is labelled simply "protagonist," and the actress Patricia Clarkson, who plays a lounge singer.
According to a press release, "Bowie saw in InstaMiniSeries an exciting new platform to explore interpretation of and storytelling within his music. Stopping short of an artistic collaboration, Bowie instead opened the doors last fall to the InstaMiniSeries creative team, Carolynn Cecilia and Nikki Borges, and provided them advance, unmediated access to the music and images from ★ thus allowing them to create their own visual interpretations of the songs, with no limits or preconditions on his part."
"David Bowie has always been about reinvention over repetition," Borges said in a statement. "Remarkably honest and passionate in his work, his innovations have influenced our own work as we transform a social media platform into a creative outlet. We are grateful to have the opportunity to participate with the chameleonic rock icon and honored to be entrusted with interpreting his art."
"David Bowie was a trailblazer, not just in the world of music, but in the art of storytelling," adds Celia. "Whether through lyrics, melodies, film, theater or mythical persona he never fails to transcend WHAT WAS and set the tone—and the bar—for what CAN BE. As story-tellers and music lovers, who better for us to be inspired by than David Bowie?"
Watch a preview below.
"UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries” In the Fall of 2015, David Bowie gave us unique pre-release access to the music from ★ (pronounced ‘Blackstar’), his 28th studio album, allowing us to create our own visual interpretations of his songs, with no limits or preconditions on his part. Completed in December 2015, UNBOUND: A★InstaMiniSeries takes the audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album’s music, lyrics and artwork. Each episode of the series is sure to capture the imaginations of all who experience it and will undoubtedly lead to endless speculation and discussion of meaning, metaphor and intention. We are honored to have had this opportunity and hope you'll join our 16 episode series, premiering February 25th. New episode every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Executive Producer: @InstaMiniSeries Director: @nikkiborges Music: @davidbowie Writer: @carolynncecilia Co-Producer: @lawrenceperyer Director of Photography: @joshuasterlingbragg Line Producer: @delaVega Associate Producers: @amandadelanuez @itscecfernandez Production Designer: @LezGolden Costume Designer: @Bodilicious Hair / Make Up Artist: @missy_mua Miss Clarkson’s Make Up Artist: Angie Elizalde VFX Production House: @heym1ster Dance Choreographer: @ofbonesdance, @hollyebynum Stunt Coordinator: @stuntmanpete Wire Rigger: @stuntworks Stunt Woman: @hellskitten29 Behind The Scenes: @a_madd Production Assistant: @clemencyforclem Special Thanks: @instalucas Protagonist: @tavitulle Lounge singer: Patricia Clarkson The Dancer: @rysak Woman at the Train: @Jayknowlest Young Boy: Jonah Herman Man in the alley: @Qdb_omg Woman in the red dress: @nikkiborges Drummer: Owen Riley-Duffy Older woman: Ching Valdes Anan Piano Player: @katiemorrmidd Dancer #2: @maks_wel18 Dancer #3: @katiemattar Dancer #4: @fulloutfarrish Dancer #5: @_ious Dancer #6: @felixs_journey Arm of man: @delaVega Woman in the audience: @amandadelanuez