It's been just over a month since the death of music legend, pop culture icon and provocateur David Bowie but already we've seen tributes from the public, every celebrity he ever met, and yes - even Lady Gaga at last week's Grammy Awards. But in terms of honouring his most recent creative output -his last album Blackstar - Instagram has gone and one upped them all.
An announcement from their Instaminiseries account this morning unveiled their latest project - UNBOUND - a series of 16 "visual interpretations" of the late musician's majestic swan song album. Taking a starring role in the series is Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson and American actress Patricia Clarkson. Set to send "the audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album's music, lyrics and artwork," UNBOUND isn't to be accused of morbidly capitalising on the chart-topping album's inevitable success. As it turns out, Instagram were given pre-release access to Blackstar late last year by Bowie himself, with no "limits or preconditions on his part".
Considering all the hilarious anecdotes from musos like Bono, Dave Grohl and Coldplay, which highlight just how discerning Bowie's musical taste was - having no limits on how to interpret his music was pretty major for Instagram. While his tragic passing means Bowie will never be able to see his magnum opus come to life, you can watch it via the @instaminiseries account from February 25.
"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