Wieden+Kennedy creative Christen compiled his photographic series in a book ‘La Bamba Boo’, supported with seed money from W+K London’s Spore Fund (an internal creative bursary). Over the years, Christen has been capturing people on the streets in Japan, quirky objects spotted somewhere and elsewhere, and time with friends and family; when moments of fun (La Bamba) and melancholy (Boo) live at the same time.
Our first window display of 2017 is ‘Space Oddity – a visual deconstruction’ which uses data to create a tribute to the work of David Bowie on the one-year anniversary of his death.
Conceived by designer Valentina D’Efilippo and researcher Miriam Quick, and curated by W+K, the project visualises musical data from Bowie’s 1969 track ‘Space Oddity’ as a series of 10 specially engraved records, with accompanying large scale art prints and projection. Each 12-inch disc deconstructs the track in a different way: melodies, harmonies, lyrics, structure and underlying story are all transformed into compelling visual imagery that inhabits the broken interstellar world of the song.
An innovative moving image piece is projected into the W+K window space, taking viewers on an immersive journey through Bowie’s famous track.
Our producer Gen, who works as curator of this project commented “Bowie was always looking ahead to integrate art and technology. With this exhibit, we seek to not only commemorate a great artist but also take inspiration for our own artistic exploration of his work.”
“We are so pleased to join the topical conversation of Bowie that has been taking place and hope we leave viewers with a new appreciation for the artist and his work.”
Space Oddity – a visual deconstruction is being exhibited at W+K London office until the 23rd January 2017.
The records and art prints are available for sale here, with all profit going to charity.