Venue: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa | School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon
Organisation: CEAUL/ULICES – Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa | University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies
Following the announcement of David Bowie’s death, tributes soon appeared in the media, presenting him as the most consistently inventive performer of our generation. Many took to social media to pay tribute – Facebook was the privileged venue for impromptu homages and compulsive video sharing via YouTube; a new record for the most video views in 24 hours was broken on Vevo. In particular, Bowie’s self-referential adieu “Lazarus,” a single from the album Blackstar released just two days before his death, struck a chord with listeners. Voicing the comments of many, Annie Leibovitz noted that Bowie “curated his death” with this final album and his off-Broadway play Lazarus, based on the science fiction novel The Man Who Fell to Earth (1963) by Walter Tevis (whose 1976 film version directed by Nicolas Roeg starred Bowie).