I was never that into David Bowie while he was alive. His music was okay, but then so was that of The Bee Gees and Sister Sledge and a lot of other people. Bowie dressed flamboyantly, but then wasn’t that what all glam rockers did in the 1970s? He sometimes did duets with other middle-aged pop stars. In the nineties he married a supermodel and moved to New York. To be honest, he seemed a set part of the Establishment.
Listening Post (2003) is “a dynamic portrait of online communication, displaying uncensored fragments of text, sampled in real-time, from public internet chatrooms and bulletin boards”, according to the Science Museum website.
The installation was created by artists Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin, who’ve been collaborating since 1999. As Hansen is also Professor of Statistics at UCLA, I wonder if the title is an ironic take on fellow academic Clayton Christensen‘s concept from The Innovator’s Dilemma: that we need to set up “listening posts” to be aware of disruptive technologies?
There is nothing disruptive here: only the mundane, everyday and intensely personal: because of this, it’s a moving and often humourous experience – go see it!