On Tuesday, David Bowie would have turned 72 years old — and in commemoration of his incredible life and career, as well as a means of continuing the amazing run the David Bowie is exhibit had during its time as a physical experience — his estate has launched a truly special virtual/digital component, which went live today.
Technically an ‘augmented reality’ app, it is available in the App Store and on Google Play, and boasts some unparalleled content:
Along with narration from the Oscar-winning actor Gary Oldman the app features over 400 items to explore including video and images from the very beginning of his career through to his final album ★.
Exclusive video elements in the app include film from the 1972 performance at the Rainbow Theatre, 1990 Sound & Vision Tour, a Herb Ritts photo shoot in 1989, live performances from the 1974 Diamond Dogs Tour, footage from the experimental Diamond Dogs movie, and rehearsal footage from the 1976 Station to Station Tour.
The app also features items not previously seen outside of the Brooklyn Museum run of the exhibition such as David’s script for Lazarus along with his sketchbook for the ★ video, original lyrics and David ’s original drawings for the video concept.
The quite superb David Bowie is… Augmented Reality app has been made available today (January 8th) on what would have been David Bowie’s 72nd birthday. Go here for more information: https://t.co/ZJeKdrgUE9 App Store: https://t.co/aenTq3JkAT Google Play: https://t.co/Q71JosDhgC pic.twitter.com/EeJBLvOJQi
— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) January 8, 2019
“No matter how many times I see it, I always learn something new about David,” pianist Mike Garson told Rock Cellar in our recent feature, so thoroughly impressed in the Brooklyn exhibit, “and I worked with him for 45 years!”
For more on the David Bowie is augmented reality app, visit its official site.