Carriageworks and Vivid Sydney today unveiled the BJÖRK DIGITAL exhibition, including two world premiere virtual reality works, presented free to the public from 4 until 18 June 2016 exclusively at Carriageworks in Australia. BJÖRK DIGITAL features immersive, large-scale and intimate digital video works and virtual reality experiences across five bespoke spaces at Carriageworks, created by Björk collaborating with some of the finest visual artists, film makers and programmers in the world. Björk will also perform DJ sets at two sold out concerts at Carriageworks on Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June 2016.
BJÖRK DIGITAL invites audiences to experience Björk’s music and videos in 4D through the immersive medium of virtual reality, including the world premiere of Notget by Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, along with the Australian premiere of virtual reality projects Stonemilker and Mouth Mantra. Shot on location in Iceland by award winning director Andrew Huang, Stonemilker presents Björk in a windswept 360 degree film, while Mouth Mantra, directed by Jesse Kandra, transports the viewer to inside the Icelandic icon’s mouth, her tongue and teeth warped and twisted seemingly taking on a life of its own.
BJÖRK DIGITAL includes the Australian premiere of Black Lake presented exclusively in Sydney, an immersive cinema experience featuring a cutting-edge surround sound system, where the audience is encased in the claustrophobic and visceral experience of Black Lake. Commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, the work is directed by Los Angeles based fashion and music filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang and was filmed in the highlands of Iceland.
Speaking from Sydney Björk commented on the project: Björk said: “I am very excited for you to see the VR videos to vulnicura. VR is not only a natural continuity to the music video but has an even more intimate theatrical potential, ideal for this emotional journey.”
A separate space in the exhibition offers visitors the chance to explore Björk’s immersive multi-media educational experience Biophilia, the first ever app to be purchased into the collection of MoMA. Biophilia comprises a suite of original music, interactive artworks and musical artefacts, that saw Björk collaborate with artists, designers, scientists, instrument makers, writers and software developers to create an extraordinary exploration of the universe and its physical forces, processes and structures.
BJÖRK DIGITAL also features a curated program of Björk’s extensive video work, remastered for this unique exhibition experience at Carriageworks. The video works spans the artist’s 24 year career including collaborations with film directors including Academy Award winners Spike Jones, Michel Gondry, Nick Knight and Stéphane Sednaoui.
Carriageworks is located at 245 Wilson St, Redfern NSW 2016.
EXHIBITION DETAILS: Björk Digital is presented from 4 – 18 JUNE, 10AM until 6PM. Entry to the exhibition is FREE. Timed tickets or bookings are required for the VR rooms in the exhibition, and are available online and onsite same-day. VR rooms are recommended 13+ Entry and access to the Cinema Room is free, no bookings required.