björk introduces digital exhibition by streaming in as a live avatar

"Technology is enabling women to work outside the already formed hierarchical systems," she wrote on Facebook.

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01 September 2016, 7:25am

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26 years after the release of her debut album — and two after she released the world's first interactive app album Biophilia — Björk is killing the tech game more than ever. The Icelandic artist has just brought her immersive, intimate exhibition Björk Digital to Somerset House, and done so in the most Björk way possible: rocking up to the press preview as a live avatar. Björk streamed in from Iceland to introduce the exhibition, using motion-capture technology that mirrored her movements IRL. Writing on Facebook yesterday, she explained that technology allows her to escape the gender politics of conventional sound and vision production. 

"Technology is enabling women to work outside the already formed hierarchical systems," she wrote. "The laptop arriving 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 [with] nature and make Biophilia, VR is helping making a new stage free of politics where sound and vision [are] swirling free in 360 fully liberated." She went on to explain that the stubborn narrative structure of Vulnicura, the searing live "heartbreak saga" she released last year, made it perfect for experimenting with alternate universes and multiple directors.

Björk Digital collaborators include director Jesse Kanda (who directed her 2015 video for Mouth Mantra) and Los Angeles filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang. As part of the exhibition's European premiere, Björk will hold two special concert performances at Royal Albert Hall on September 21 and at the Eventil Apollo on September 24. 

Björk Digital is at Somerset House September 1 through October 23, 2016.

Related link: Björk's new virtual reality exhibition is a tour of her perfectly weird mind

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Text Hannah Ongley
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