An immersive virtual reality exhibition from Icelandic icon Björk.
An exhibition celebrating the vast and experimental visual repertoire of the Icelandic singer Björk is to be held at Somerset House this autumn. They are thrilled to announce the European premiere of Björk Digital, an exhibition of digital and video works, resulting from Björk's collaborations with some of the finest visual artists and programmers in the world and coinciding with a special performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
Björk constantly and consistently challenges the status quo, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in music, art and technology. The exhibition at Somerset House invites visitors to engage with her work through the latest in virtual reality (VR) technology. Björk believes that by offering a private theatrical experience, VR provides a unique way to connect with her audiences.
The exhibition will include Black Lake, Björk's groundbreaking immersive film commissioned by the New York's Museum of Modern Art where the audience is treated to panoramic visuals and enveloped by a bespoke, cutting edge surround-sound system. Filmed in the highlands of Iceland, the work was directed by the Los Angeles-based filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang. Huang also collaborated with Björk on Stonemilker VR, a project that transports the viewer to a private performance of the first track from Björk's critically acclaimed Vulnicura album. Shot on location on a remote, windswept beach in Iceland and viewable in full 360-degree VR, the viewer will be able to experience a one-to-one recital.
Somerset House's edition of the Björk Digital exhibition will include never-before-seen work by Björk. There will also be an interactive educational space which showcases the innovative apps and custom-made musical instruments from Biophilia, an app created by Björk that explores music, nature and technology. A programme of Björk's extensive video work will run alongside the exhibition, spanning the artist's 24-year career during which she has collaborated with film directors including the award winning Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Nick Knight and Stephane Sedanaoui.
As part of the European premiere of Björk Digital, Björk will hold a special, one-off concert performance at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 21 September. It is her only UK show this year and is her first since her acclaimed sold out Biophilia show in the round at Alexandra Palace in 2013.
The show will include never-before-seen work by Björk, as well as invite audiences to interact with performances such as the video for Stonemilker, in which she sings on a remote beach in Iceland, through 360-degree virtual reality headsets.