To announce the opening of Björk Digital London – an immersive virtual reality exhibition from Icelandic musician Björk – the iconic singer welcomed visitors in a way that only Björk could. Using a “mocap” (motion capture) suit in a studio at the Icelandic Media College in Reyka, over 1,200 miles away from the exhibit in London, Björk appeared in a live stream in which she interacted with visitors as a digitally-rendered ethereal avatar accentuated by intricate adornments and flowing, shimmering veils. On her Facebook page, she shared that the motion capture exposition was intended as a testament to her reception and embrace of virtual reality, and the role it now plays in her creative process, particularly the work of her new album, Vulnicura.
“Technology is enabling women to work outside the already formed hierarchical systems,” she says. “The laptop arriving in 1999 gave me a personal studio to make ‘Vespertine,’ the touchscreen 2006 helped me map my own idiosyncratic musicology outside the classical canon and reconnect it w nature and make ‘Biophilia,’ VR is helping making a new stage free of politics where sound and vision is swirling free in 360 fully liberated.” [sic]
Björk Digital London opened its doors at the Somerset House on September 1 and will remain open through October 23. The exhibit invites fans to engage with Björk’s work like never before with the aid of the latest in VR technology, giving visitors the opportunity for a private theatrical experience with all of her latest work, and giving Björk a new and unique way to connect with her audience.
Below is a short clip of Björk’s digital likeness at the opening of the exhibit, as well as some of the VR experiences that await at Björk Digital London. For tickets and more information:
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