REcent gigs & appearances
From Jules Verne to David Bowie – "From the Earth to the Moon: A Space Oddity". 1869 Conference and Heritage Festival, University of Otago, 27 September 2019.
Scarfie Flats: Hidden Depths
“Join Scarfie Flats of Dunedin authors, Sarah Gallagher and Dr Ian Chapman, for an entertaining and illustrated conversation. Up for discussion are some of the more meaty themes that emerged from researching and writing the book. Find out about the role of popular culture in this long-lived tradition, and the place of play, humour, and creativity in flat naming. Discover how our city’s character homes and residential campuses have contributed to this practice. In support of the Dare to be Wise exhibition, you will also learn how Sarah’s Dunedin Flat Names Project came about, and what inspired Ian’s interest in named flats, both of which led to the wonderful book, Scarfie Flats of Dunedin.”
22 August 2019, 5.30-6.30, Free
David Bowie, Madness and Transformation (Cosmic Jive Quartet)
Presenting acoustic arrangements of songs of Bowie's that critique the nature of madness, mental illness, and personal transformation.
7 August 2019
Scarfie Flats panel discussion - part of Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival
“Like the ancient art of couch burning (but far safer), flat-naming is a very important and unique part of the overall rite of passage of Otago University students.” So say the authors ofScarfie Flats of Dunedin. Sarah Gallagher was so intrigued by this vibrant aspect of Dunedin’s social history that she spent 18 years researching it before co-writing a lavishly illustrated book on the subject with Ian Chapman. The two will share stories about the flats, the tenants and the colourful goings-on. Chaired by upstanding former Castle St resident (and author of one of the book’s chapters) Aaron Hawkins.
11 May, 1-2pm Hanover Hall, Free
David Bowie: the art of being different (Cosmic Jive Quartet) - part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival
In this sparkling interactive performance and talk, Bowie aficionado Dr Ian Chapman unravels the extraordinary marriage of sound and visual effect that lies at the heart of David Bowie, one of the most complex and enduring performers in popular music. Read more …
New Athenaeum Theatre 10pm on 28, 29, 30 March, book here.
Character flaws provide no grounds for banishing memory of individuals
Thanks to the many people who have got in touch re this opinion piece I wrote about Michael Jackson’s place in academic study, published in the Otago Daily Times this week. It sparked heaps of support, and also a handful of folks with alternate views. Please note: I didn't write the headline - that was supplied by the newspaper. Personally I’d have titled it with something a bit stronger than ‘character flaws’, but nevertheless I appreciate the ODT’s willingness to publish. Otago Daily Times, 13 March 2019. The topic was also discussed on The Panel.
David Bowie: Life Changer, Warner Music Australia
Scarfie Flats of Dunedin - published!
This book, written with Sarah Gallagher of Dunedin Flat Names Project, has been published and is now available in Paper Plus and independent bookshops. University Bookshop will post internationally. Read an extract in published in the Otago Daily Times, Tracing origins of Student flats.
David Bowie: Life changer
I'm pretty thrilled to have been invited to write this piece for Warner Music Australia, for their I Like Your Old Stuff website. Thanks especially to Rachael Botur and Allison Hodge for the opportunity.
“Rock music has been a defining force in Dr Ian Chapman’s life as a musician, performer and academic. It is also the inspiration for his flourishing career as a writer.” Read the full article in Otago Magazine.
Big ups to Lizzy Lukeman, Karen Hogg, Alan Dove, and Nigel Zega for their various roles in bringing this story to fruition in the latest Otago Uni magazine. Thanks you good things! :) - Ian
The Bowie paper is back!
Back by popular demand for 2019 is this paper dedicated in its entirety to David Bowie. An in depth and highly interdisciplinary examination and celebration of the artist’s work, it was a blast when I last ran it as a Summer School paper in 2015 and I’m excited to be running it again in a new and improved format. It came to the attention of Mr Bowie himself last time and it was a buzz to see it featured on his official website, Facebook page, and other bona fide Bowie social media. This time around it's running as a first semester paper in 2019. Get in the Bowie zone, buy your make-up, and enrol now!
And remember, as the great man himself said: "If the homework brings you down then we'll throw it on the fire and take the car downtown . . ."