“Biophilia” premiered this past summer at the Manchester International Festival (MIF) in England to great acclaim including The New York Times featuring the performance in their “Concert Highs of 2011,” followed by a sold out residency in Björk’s hometown of Reykjavik, Iceland. In partnership with Creator’s Project, Björk is set to bring her live Biophilia show to New York City this month for a special 10-night residency split between the New York Hall of Science -New York City’s only hands-on science and technology museum, and the Roseland Ballroom.
Björk in Biophilia Photography/ Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
The show is an intense and intricately crafted spectacle that explores the inherent link between humans and living systems, nature and technology, and will be performed in the round featuring a range of unique custom designed instruments -created by a team including an Icelandic organ builder and a graduate of the MIT Media Lab, a 24-strong Icelandic female choir, and a backdrop of visuals generated by the Biophilia app with app developer Max Weisel performing on stage alongside Björk and musicians Manu Delagu and Zeena Parkins.
In conjunction with the performances the Creator’s Project will also provide a three-week interactive exhibit at the NYHOS using songs from Biophilia in installations and other pieces to explore concepts at the core of Biophilia’s songs, and instruct on how to use the Biophilia apps for music composition. Björk’s Biophilia album was released 2011 alongside an iPad app with interactive science and music accompaniments to the songs. The songs are haunting, resonating other worldly experimental melodies with fluctuating meters, meant to capture the patterns in natural phenomena like those of gravity, lunar cycles, DNA and crystals.
David Attenborough-narrated intro to the Biophilia App Suite, For more information about the artist’s work see Bjork