It’s not every pop star who is seriously concerned with the emotional possibilities in technology, but Björk has always seemed to be operating with a wider vista in mind for her art than the average musician. Indeed, it’s difficult to think of many artists who have been so risk friendly as Ms. Guðmundsdóttir, moving between the avant-garde supergroup Kukl, to the bent pop of The Sugarcubes, through house, showtunes, rock, post-rock, electronica and more as Björk. Increasingly her work has included an interactive visual and audio element, most obviously with the release of Biophilia and its apps. Opening in LA on the 22nd of May Björk Digital may be the ultimate incarnation of these interests.
Billed as “an exhibition of ground-breaking VR video works featuring music from Björk’s latest album, Vulnicura” the exhibition has toured the world, appearing in Australia, England, Iceland and now the US. Featuring VR experiences of her songs Stonemilker, Quicksand, Notget, Mouthmantra and more, the exhibition merges art exhibition, performance, bleeding edge technology. As overwhelming as this may sound it’s actually a very intimate and personal experience, with the joy Björk takes in the creation of her work palpable to the attendee.
Feedback from the exhibition previously has been that Björk has pushed the technology available to its absolute limits, leading to some issues with the visuals, but any qualms were small compared to the sheer ambition and emotion on display and the overwhelming feeling of being lost in the Björkosphere, adrift in the very outer limits of how our imaginations can be rendered tangible. Björk Digital remains a very real examination of art, technology, intimacy and music from one of our true originals.
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