like dolphins can swim

Sometimes, things in life exceed your expectation.

I'm just back from a day at the V&a for the press preview of 'David Bowie is', the show opening on the 23rd. I came of age during Bowie's reign, I've been to live shows, his music, films, have made up the soundtrack to the film that is my life - so I'm not ready to put in words how surprised I was at how emotional this was for me.

Victoria Broackes, co-curator of this extraordinary exhibit, was one of the people who spoke briefly (you didn't need to say much: the show, his work, did the talking). As the Telegraph put it, they're hopeful that David Bowie will attend the exhibition.

But he was already there.

I love how he's a musician that isn't precious about his work: he lets his videos stay on YouTube, for free. I was mesmerised, reading his original words for Heroes, and I've found a more recent live version for this post. Those lines.. 'I wish I could swim, like dolphins can swim'.. and that Buddhist concept of 'this is that'. 

I am God. 

And don't even get me started on the headphones; they're MAGIC. They react to whatever you're near, sound, music, his voice, others, going on and off as you move.. I wish I could see all the art, words, images, that will come of the 600 top press people that attended the event today. Because, in the end, that's all David Bowie is: an artist, who inspires us to create something new.


Hummingbird Girl said...

Wow ! Such a amazing thing !

Veshoevius said...

I need to go to this!

Jessie in Fashion Limbo said...

Daaaaaamn I wish I were in London to see this. Did you see what Tilda wore to the presentation? Looooooooved it :)

jill said...

Was she there? I love Tilda Swinton. I'm googling now.. I don't know if it was a rumour, it was quite crowded and spread around the whole exhibition. She wasn't at the brief 'briefing' by the head of the Tate and the co-curators.. Jessie if you have any images can you send? All I see are things about the rumour, like this:

thanks xx