“David Bowie is” is an adaptation for iPhone of the blockbuster exhibition that originated in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013 and toured the world for five years to record-breaking attendance and international acclaim.
This augmented reality exhibition tells the story of Bowie’s life and career through costumes, videos, photography, drawings, storyboards, music scores, handwritten lyrics, letters, and diary entries. It displays over 400 items from the iconic exhibition in a sequence of 25 newly designed virtual exhibition rooms, with many never before seen items. No headsets required, all you need for the best experience is a pair of headphones.
"David Bowie is...the freakiest show on your smartphone." - The Guardian
“Extraordinary stage costumes, inspired handwritten lyrics, production notes, diary entries, and music videos bring the 'artistic diversity' of David Bowie's legendary career into focus.” - CNET
David Bowie is includes:
• 56 Costumes
• 38 Songs
• 23 Music Videos and live performances
• 60 Original lyric sheets and design notes
• 50 Photos
• 33 Drawings and sketches
• 7 Paintings (that’s right, he painted too)
Each digitally scanned item can be inspected in astonishing detail at the viewer’s leisure, in their own environment, with no crowds or glass separating them from the intimate artifacts of one of the most influential artists in popular cultural history.
- More praise for David Bowie is -
"David Bowie Is… could have been overwhelming, but instead it felt like a vessel of his spirit." - Pitchfork
“If you loved Bowie in a manner that could not be reasonably described as casual, grabbing the app will be the best $7.99 you’ve ever spent.” - Buffalo News
"The David Bowie AR app conjures the sense of a present absence." - GQ
“Here is augmented reality with a soul.” - Hypebot
- Compatibility -
For iPhones 6S, iPad 2017, iPad Pro and later models running iOS 11 and later. You do not need a VR headset to view this exhibition. Only your iPhone and headphones.
- Privacy, Safety, and Support -
This app requires access to your device's camera and microphone in order to use augmented reality. However, no personal data is recorded or saved, your privacy is 100% guaranteed. As you will need to move around to view the exhibition, please be aware of your surroundings while using the app.
- Things to Know -
This app uses your phone and battery intensively - you might notice your phone heating up during prolonged use, this is normal. Taking breaks will help reduce this heat buildup. This app also streams a significant amount of data to your phone, so be sure to connect to a strong wifi network if available.
Please visit http://davidbowieisreal.com for support.
Thanks for visiting the show! This update includes a number of updates and bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
SO worth it!
Just the coolest most engaging and amazing way to get close to Bowie’s life and art. Never imagined AR could look this good, or could deliver so much. Crystal clear! Super detailed! Can’t believe how carefully and brilliantly arranged it all is. And the lighting! You can turn things around and get so close to it all! I saw the show 3 times ($60!) and never once felt as close to the materials as I do with this app. It’s a total trip to explore. Totally chill. Haven’t see the half of it yet and I’ve already seen videos and drawings and lyrics and so many astonishing things I never saw in the museum show or dreamed I’d ever see up close like this. I feel like they’re mine. Sitting on my table. And the audio has so much presence, so much depth. Oldman is warm, intimate - can’t help wondering if he didn’t write this too. I’m putting this down for a few hours, maybe for a few days. Just to give it all a chance to sink in. I hope it never ends. Mind blown!
Surprisingly intimate and goosebumpy!
The fact that you can literally move your phone closer to Bowie’s handwritten documents and drawings is really something. Feels like I really have Bowie in my room, talking about his ideas while I examine the artifacts. I went to the Brooklyn show and always wish I could stay much longer there, without the crowds(who doesn’t?). And now I can take my time to singalong the Life On Mars handwritten lyrics while feeling Bowie surrounds me! <3 Haven’t gone through everything yet, but I’m excited to take my time to explore how much the content the app is going to offer!
Such a great gift.. happy birthday David Bowie ⭐️
Jolly great stuff folks. If you want to delve into this marvelous app depicting with sights and sounds, imagery and facts, all regarding Bowie, you won’t be disappointed. It’s like being immersed into Bowie space, floating around from flower to flower, taking a sip here, a bite there, nuggets of facts, all the while surrounded by his equally fantastical music and sometimes audio excerpts from interviews etc. Tapping on most things and then using a pinching gesture outwards on a photo or item enlarges things so you can read or view them in detail. There’s so much to explore, it’s well worth the quids!
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- Sony Music Entertainment(Japan)Inc.
- 187 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- © 2018 Sony Music Entertainment(Japan)Inc.
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.