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And we kissed, as though nothing could fall: DAVID BOWIE'S BERLIN TRILOGY

Friday, March 25, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Deutsches Haus at NYU


Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a talk on David Bowie's "Berlin Trilogy" by film researcher Mary Wild.

The recent departure of David Bowie, music’s persona-shifting powerhouse of innovation, left planet Earth feeling decidedly blue. The South Londoner’s indelible impact reaches beyond music – he influenced the fields of fashion, cinema, fine arts, pop video, and theatre; we have lost a veritable multi-media virtuoso. Bowie’s embodiment and shedding of various alter egos (Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke) became a symbol of his cool edginess; he mastered musical genres as diverse as rock, glam, soul, and funk, updating his image with each transformative step. When fame, drug addiction, and mental distress took their toll in the mid-1970s, Bowie retreated to West Berlin, immersing himself in the exciting cultural climate of the divided city that inspired a ground-breaking triptych of recordings: Low, Heroes, and Lodger. Engaging with Berlin’s electronic music scene, German expressionism, and philosophy, Bowie created the minimalist, abstract and ambient sonic textures of these albums. Mary Wild’s lecture will focus on David Bowie’s "Berlin Trilogy" as an era of legendary musical collaborations that evolved his artistry to an astonishing level of sophistication and intellectual depth. Freudian and Jungian concepts will establish the theoretical framework to study Bowie’s reliance on stage personas, and isolation/alienation as recurrent themes of his music that endeared him to misfits the world over.

Mary Wild is a film researcher based in London, delivering public lectures at City Lit, Shoreditch House, and Freud Museum. Her popular series PROJECTIONS promotes psychoanalytic interpretation of moving image. Wild’s areas of interest include auteur studies (e.g., David Lynch, Lars von Trier, Andrei Tarkovsky) and cinematic representations of identity, economics, the unconscious, and love.

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