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Temporal tapestries: Transforming cityscapes in Berlin pop music videos

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This article analyses a selection of pop music videos released between 2012 and 2014 that rescript Berlin’s Zeitlichkeit (temporality), the relationship between city spaces, history, and time. Examples include videos by German and non-German artists, ranging from David Bowie to Miss Platnum, Lilly Wood & the Prick, Alanis Morissette and Andreas Bourani. Striking synergies between the different sound-image-texts emerge around questions of historic memory, time, and time passing. Close analyses show how these Berlin music videos released between 2012 and 2014 challenge linear narratives of pasts and progress. In the non-linear conceptions of time suggested in these videos and songs, new and old agents can coexist and create images and narratives of a different temporal tapestry of the city.
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Keywords: Berlin; David Bowie; cityscapes; history; popular music; queer theory; temporality; time

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Tennessee Knoxville

Publication date: October 1, 2019

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  • The Journal of European Popular Culture investigates the creative cultures of Europe, present and past. Exploring European popular imagery, media, new media, film, music, art and design, architecture, drama and dance, fine art, literature and the writing arts, and more, the journal is also of interest to those considering the influence of European creativity and European creative artefacts worldwide.
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