Tour Guide Tape From 2003?

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May 21st, 2018, 11:19 pm #1

So I was listening to an interview with the curator of "David Bowie Is" at the Brooklyn Museum, and the bloke just at the very end mentions that when the museum did Charles Saatchi's "Sensation" show in 2003, Mr. Bowie narrated the audio guide.

Does anyone have the faintest idea if this still exists anywhere? 'Cause I'd sure like to hear it.
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September 3rd, 2018, 11:17 am #2

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September 3rd, 2018, 6:43 pm #3

Bless you: my dream of a peak experience was a walk through MOMA with Mr. Bowie.

In the meantime, this will have to do.
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September 4th, 2018, 11:55 am #4

A crumb of information...

In 1999, the singer was an official sponsor and the audio-guide voice of a group-exhibit by a collection of young British artists called Sensation. The exhibit is now best remembered as a battle in the co-called culture wars, sparking a national controversy about art, obscenity, and freedom of expression. Then-New York mayor Rudy Giuliani took religious offense at one of the exhibit's paintings, Chris Offili's "The Holy Virgin Mary," despite the fact that Ofili was a practicing catholic and an altar boy. Giuliani claimed the painting — which depicted a black Madonna amidst a collage of cut-out female buttocks from porn magazines, set upon balls of dried elephant dung — to be "desecrating somebody else's religion." Giuliani's administration sued to defund the museum (it lost).

https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/ ... d-bowie-is
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September 4th, 2018, 6:06 pm #5

From davidbowie.com:


22 SEPTEMBER 1999

Art Attack

Art Attack Wednesday, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani threatened to cut off all city funding to the Brooklyn Museum of Art unless it cancels next week's opening of SENSATION, a project that Bowie has been involved with and supports.

Damien Hirsts and Chris Ofili, two of Bowie's favorite artists are both at the center of the controversy. If you remember back to Bowie's journal from October 29th, 1998, Bowie predicted that Chris Ofili would win the prestigious Turner Prize, which Ofili did indeed win.

Ofili is a Roman Catholic whose portrait of the Virgin Mary was at the heart of the Mayors complaints. The Mayor, who actually had never seen the exhibit, only the show's catalogue, declared SENSATION as "sick stuff."

"You don't have a right to government subsidy for desecrating somebody else's religion," he said. "And therefore we will do everything that we can to remove funding for the Brooklyn Museum until the director comes to his senses and realizes that if you are a government-subsidized enterprise, then you can't do things that desecrate the most personal and deeply held views of people in society. I mean, this is an outrageous thing to do."

Here, Ofili defends his work:

"As an altar boy, I was confused by the idea of a holy Virgin Mary giving birth to a young boy," he said. "Now when I go to the National Gallery and see paintings of the Virgin Mary, I see how sexually charged they are. Mine is simply a hip-hop version."

The city gives the museum nearly $7 million a year in operating expenses -- nearly onethird of its $23 million budget.

Keep an eye on BowieNet for further SENSATION developments.

Read the entire article from the New York Times.

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29 SEPTEMBER 1999

Sensation Online

BowieNet is pleased to announce the online art event of the year: SENSATION.

Join BowieNet on Saturday, October 2nd, 1999 for a viewing of the entire SENSATION exhibition, including an audio tour by David Bowie.

Read the entire "official press release" here on BowieNet.

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29 SEPTEMBER 1999

David Bowie Hosts Exclusive E-xhibit Of Sensation, The Controversial Showing At The Brooklyn Museum Of Art

Virtual Art Tour, Made Available by UltraStar Internet Services, Unveils at www.davidbowie.com, Simultaneous to Museum Opening, SATURDAY, October 2

NEW YORK, NY - On yet another revolutionary journey, world-renowned musician, performer, artist and songwriter, David Bowie re-invents himself again as the master of ceremony for the exclusive virtual opening of the controversial art exhibit, "Sensation: Young British Artists From The Saatchi Collection." Hosted on Bowie's personal web site and ISP - www.davidbowie.com - this online premiere opens in conjunction with its real world display at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, SATURDAY, October 2, 1999. (BowieNet members will get a 12-hour advance preview of the online viewing.) The official guide of this headlining exhibit, Bowie provides Real Audio commentary on the pieces in the collection for both the Internet and museum visitors.

"Sensation represents some of the best, worst but definitely most extreme of the high profile work to have come out of Britain in the last ten years or so," commented David Bowie. Bowie predicted in his private journal published on BowieNet (October 1998) that Chris Ofili was to be one of the UK's most acclaimed young artists and the sure winner of the prestigious Turner Prize. He continued, "the work by Chris Ofili and the others is probably the most important showing since the Armory Show at the opening of this century. It's definitely going to be as talked about."

The Internet opening of "Sensation" is made available by the pioneering entertainment Internet Company, UltraStar Internet Services LLC. Founded in conjunction with Bowie himself, UltraStar acquired the rights to this virtual art exhibit this summer. Bowie also contributed to the U.S. opening of "Sensation" as an official sponsor of the exhibit.

This first-ever Internet display of "Sensation" offers a worldwide audience an insider's view of this talked-about exhibit. All 141 pieces will be on virtual display, complete with artist biographies/photos and David Bowie's descriptions of many pieces under scrutiny. Maximizing the interactive capabilities of the World Wide Web, "Sensation" online invites exhibit patrons the exclusive opportunity to chat openly with other art lovers and artists about the meaning and controversy surrounding this collection of work.

UltrStar is the exclusive affinity group Internet Company with a subscription based revenue model targeting entertainment, sports, fashion and other niche specific passion groups. The company specializes in developing web-based content, community and commerce sites and in offering niche targeted ISPs. Its current roster of projects includes BowieNet, YankeesXtreme and OriolesWorld.

Press Contact:
Leslie Gross / Rogers & Cowan
212.545.5873 or lngross@shandwick.com


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1 OCTOBER 1999

Sensation: Exclusive Preview For Bowienet Members

BowieNet is please to announce the launching of SENSATION ONLINE: brought to you by BowieNet.

Join David as your master of ceremony for this exclusive virtual opening of the controversial art exhibit, "Sensation: Young British Artists From The Saatchi Collection."

"Sensation represents some of the best, worst but definitely most extreme of the high profile work to have come out of Britain in the last ten years or so," - David Bowie.

This first-ever Internet display of "Sensation" offers an insider's view of this talked-about exhibit. All 141 pieces will be on virtual display, complete with artist biographies/photos and David Bowie's descriptions of many pieces under scrutiny.

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15 NOVEMBER 1999

Sensation

We have updated the SENSATION site with a new Matt Collings' critique.

Here is an excerpt:

'Sensation' wasn't known about when I wrote Blimey! I remember the subject coming up just after the book was published in 1997 and thinking how boring it sounded. It would just be the same old faces with the same old gags and the usual old nonsense in the papers.

The same old rhetorics being spouted. Everybody awkwardly occupying positions in an unconvincing way. But then when the show came on at the Royal Academy later that year it was exciting. It was a very uneven grouping.


Join David as your master of ceremony for this exclusive virtual opening of the controversial art exhibit, "Sensation: Young British Artists From The Saatchi Collection."
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September 4th, 2018, 6:26 pm #6

I am so glad that Bowie's taste wasn't reflected in his work. Boy! was he given to some shite.
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September 5th, 2018, 11:37 pm #7

I remember that fracas. It's one of those classic American hypocrisies: denouncing something without actual knowledge of it. Ignorance in the defence of sanctimony is no surprise.
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September 6th, 2018, 9:19 am #8

From Bnet:

Journal for Tuesday September 21st, 1999

A day like this is pretty hard to get through, really. I woke with the same sore throat and sniffles that Iman has been fighting all week. I suppose it'll run it's course and thank God for Chinese herbal things.

Needless to say, the first job this morning, at 9.30 am, is to read aloud the entire script for the 'Acoustiguide' for the 'SENSATION' (Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection) show at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. ( Opens 2nd of October.) My voice is all scratchy and wet and cold but we seem to cobble it together OK though it takes a good two and a half hours what with retakes and alterations to the script.

The script was not my doing but written by a young lady named Toni Bryan who seems to have done rather a lot of this kind of thing. She remarks that she is thrilled 'not to be writing another script on Impressionism'.

I'm not in total agreement with all the statements contained in the piece and in fact we discuss several areas where I'm not at all in tune with what is being said, but I have to remember that this is still a pretty objective write-up, nonjudgmental and presents things in a very simple and direct manner. All present were very much of the opinion that many coming to see this show may never have looked at much 'art' ever before in their lives. It will have a very strong young following.

Overall, I think that if you've not had your head buried in the sand you would connect to much of what's being shown as so many of the pieces relate to magazine, film and populist imagery. It's probably the least stuffy museum exhibit that has been seen this side of the pond in years.

For those of you who won't get a chance to see it, fear not, as B.Net has the exclusive internet rights to the show and we will have a very nice site up and running for the opening.

Sandwich on the run and off to last minute rehearsals for the Much Music gig on Thursday the 23rd.
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September 9th, 2018, 8:46 am #9

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September 13th, 2018, 12:39 pm #11

lunamagic wrote:
DB: "The script was not my doing but written by a young lady named Toni Bryan"

Devonshire Moors? WTF?
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September 13th, 2018, 12:42 pm #12

Luna cheers for saving these audio guides. I have the full thing somewhere - God knows where it is. Can't find it at all. Maybe on an old HD that I've binned - hopefully I backed it up
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September 15th, 2018, 6:42 pm #13

Giuliani...Great God! What a pillock!
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September 16th, 2018, 5:03 pm #14

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September 16th, 2018, 5:32 pm #15

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September 16th, 2018, 5:38 pm #16

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September 16th, 2018, 5:43 pm #17

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September 16th, 2018, 8:19 pm #18

My sister and I rampage through museums: he would have had fun with us.
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September 23rd, 2018, 9:00 am #19

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September 23rd, 2018, 9:01 am #20

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September 23rd, 2018, 9:02 am #21

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September 23rd, 2018, 11:52 am #22

I may have misremembered but didn’t he offer people queuing for the exhibition to be their own private tour guide, so interested was he in the artists featured?
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September 23rd, 2018, 6:48 pm #23

My misfortune to have missed that.
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