Experimental musician Bjork has this week announced plans to stage a virtual reality exhibition in London this summer. The Icelandic singer has also revealed plans for a special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Bjork is no stranger to taking a more outside of the box approach to experiencing music. Her immersive ‘Biophillia App’ (which accompanied the 2011 album of the same name) proved a hit all over the world and eventually became the first downloadable app to feature in the New York Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.
Bjork released her ninth studio album ‘Vulnicura’ in January 2015. The album received generally positive reviews from critics, and charted well in the Europe and the US. Something that set ‘Vulnicura’ apart from previous albums was the decision not to release any accompanying singles, with Bjork preferring to work on a new project to further expand the record.
Her most recent project entitled ‘Digital’ is a virtual reality experience that has so far been exhibited in Australia and Japan. ‘Digital’ includes Bjork’s immersive film ‘Black Lake’ and her new video for the track ‘Stonemilker’ which was shot in full 360 VR on location in Iceland. Perhaps more bizarrely the ‘Digital’ experience also features the track ‘Mouthmantra’ (with the video shot inside the singers mouth) also in virtual reality.
‘Digital’ will take place at Somerset House in central London between September 1 and October 23. Bjork will also be giving a special one off performance at the Royal Albert Hall on September 21. The show will be her first UK performance in over three years and her only UK based show of 2016.
Here’s what Bjork had to say about the exhibition:
“I feel the chronological narrative of the album is ideal for the private circus virtual reality is,” “Ive put importance in the exhibition on the interactive element , that folks can watch vulnicura on vr and try biophilia w ipads.”