David Bowie became a cultural icon for several generations. He was a tireless talent seeker, and explored creative collaborations with artists he admired. His strategies to relate with he media were always unusual and had a great impact.
To articulate the resources means David Bowie used, Luis Hidalgo, journalist and professor of the Master in Cultural Journalism at the UPF Barcelona School of Management, and Ramon Faura, leader of the Le Petit Ramon and YAK42 music groups, will talk about the different languages used by Bowie beyond music to build a decisive artistic discourse.
They will talk about the meaning of the change in Bowie’s work, and about the why and how the artist alter ego and music style subsequent changes end up providing consistency to the artist. They will look over the aesthetic and images chosen by Bowie for his records, concerts and characters. And they will also talk about how the artist sold this image and how he related with the media, his fans and the audience, remaining steady between the business and the artistic respectability.
The speakers will try to analyze Bowie’s constantly changing career through his songs and what was happening in the world.
Ramon Faura Coll. Musician, architect and professor. Leader of the music group Le Petit Ramon and YAK42
Ramon Faura is a musician and a doctor on History of Architecture. Between 2003 and 2006, he worked as a chief editor for Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme, the official magazine of the College of Architects of Catalonia. He teaches at different schools and, in the non-academic world, he has been the coordinator of exhibitions such as Arquitectures sense lloc (2009) at the Arts Santa Mónica (Barcelona), in cooperation with Antonio Pizza and Santi Ibarra. He combines his academic career with his music career, and so far has released eight albums with several groups: two with Azucarillo Kings (1998, 2000), six with Le Petit Ramon (2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2015), and two with Macho (2012, 2014). Currently, he is member of YAK42, an electronic music project, between experimental and EBM, supported by images. He is also coordinating the Fadfest 2017 about tourism that will take place in July 2017; and he is preparing the book ‘Desplazamiento y Ruina’ about critic architecture and technology.
Luis Hidalgo. Music critic and professor on the Master in Cultural Journalism at the UPF Barcelona School of Management
Music critic for TV3, editor of the El País newspaper since 1980 and art director of the In-Edit Beefeater festival since its second edition. He has collaborated on the book ‘La poesía del rock’ and he is the author of books such as ‘Los 100 mejores conciertos’ and ‘Loquillo, El Hijo de Nadie.’ Moreover, he has cooperated with several radio stations (COM, iCat) and at present he is in charge of the music selection for ‘Tot és comèdia’ from La SER radio station. His articles have been published in magazines such as Rockdelux, Rolling Stone, Guía del Ocio and Woman; for television he has work in the Plàstic, a TVE TV show, and he was the manager of the TV show Sputnik, from TV3. He was a professor of music critic at the Universitat Ramón Llull, and currently coordinates the music module from the Master in Cultural Journalism at the UPF Barcelona School of Management.
VENUE and DATE
Auditorium at the Disseny Hub Barcelona
July, 5th at 18:30h