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Have you ever found yourself lost in the depths of YouTube comments? A place where anyone with internet access can offer statements, and very often opinions, on just about anything? It’s an intriguing and confusing place – sometimes bleak, sometimes inspiring, but as British comedian Adam Buxton has discovered, more often than not it is a veritable minefield of comedy gold.
The format for BUG’s live events is a simple one: explore the creative art and genius of the music video, and then explore the video’s reception worldwide via YouTuber’s comments – everything from the analytical to the absurd. Hosted by the brilliant aforementioned Adam Buxton, HarrimanSteel are bringing this event to Amsterdam’s newest creative hub, De School, on Thursday June 30th. This particular showcase is focusing on music videos by the late and great David Bowie.
A Fantastic Voyage
The host and guest speakers will explore Bowie’s influence on the evolution of the music video medium. As Bowie famously said in an interview in 1999, when asked about the importance of the internet, “Artists like Duchamp were so prescient here – the idea that the piece of work is not finished until the audience comes to it and adds their own interpretation, and what the piece of art is about is the grey space in the middle. That grey space in the middle is what the 21st century is going to be all about.” The event promises ‘creativity, comedy and insight’; three buzz words to prick the ears either side of any creative mind.
Having attended a BUG event before, I’m particularly excited that it is coming to Amsterdam. Adam Buxton makes me giggle like a little girl, but I’m also fascinated to find out more about the creative concepting behind one of the world’s most missed talents, the highly artistic David Bowie. If you get tickets, see me on the front row. I’ll be the one with the Bowie T-shirt on, laughing my socks off.
BUG: The evolution of music video
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