Los Angeles Philharmonic Presents Björk Digital & Björk With Orchestra

Björk Digital | Photo courtesy of Björk, Facebook
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The LA Phil presents the West Coast premiere of Björk Digital, an exhibition of groundbreaking virtual reality (VR) works featuring music from Björk's acclaimed album, Vulnicura. Björk Digital will be exhibited at Magic Box at The Reef in Downtown L.A. 

Björk Digital (May 19 - June 4, 2017)

A pioneer in music, art, and technology, Björk has worked with world-renowned directors, programmers, and visual artists to create a series of innovative virtual reality works displayed throughout a series of rooms.

On view May 19 through June 4, Björk Digital invites guests to experience these immersive works through the latest in virtual reality technology.

Björk Digital begins with six VR experiences that will transport users via custom headsets:

  • Stonemilker VR – Filmed on a remote beach location in Iceland and directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, Stonemilker VR presents Björk in a windswept 360-degree film performing the first track from Vulnicura.
  • Black Lake VR – Commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Black Lake VR features a custom-built immersive space featuring a bespoke, cutting-edge surround sound set-up to create an immersive and visceral virtual reality experience. Filmed in the highlands of Iceland, the video was directed by Andrew Thomas Huang.
  • Quicksand VR – Featuring a 3-D printed headpiece by Neri Oxman, Quicksand VR captures Björk’s live performance at Miraikan, Tokyo, in augmented virtual reality. The work was created in close collaboration with Dentsu Lab Tokyo.
  • Mouthmantra VR – Directed by Jesse Kanda, Mouthmantra VR transports the viewer to the inside of Björk’s mouth for an intense and intimate experience as she sings the video’s title track.
  • Family VR – Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang with co-creative direction by Björk and James Merry, Family is the centerpiece in the VR anthology for Vulnicura, encapsulating the full emotional arc of Björk’s journey from despair to empowerment.
  • Notget VR – Notget VR, directed by Warren du Prees and Nick Thornton Jones, presents Björk as a stunning digital moth giantess transformed by masks created by James Merry.

Following the VR experiences is the Biophilia Room, a hands-on educational space which showcases Björk’s innovative apps and custom-made musical instruments, encouraging users to explore musicology, science and technology.

And finally, the Cinema Room features a curated program of Björk’s extensive and groundbreaking music videos spanning her career, remastered for a unique exhibition cinema experience. Included will be videos directed by Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Alexander McQueen, and many more.

Timed tickets for Björk Digital are scheduled for every 15 minutes. The exhibition takes approximately 90 minutes to view. Guests should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled entry time.

Björk With Orchestra (May 30, 3017)

Björk singing with headpiece designed by James Merry
Headpiece designed by James Merry | Photo courtesy of Björk, Facebook

The LA Phil is also presenting Björk With Orchestra (ticketed separately), conducted by Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason. Björk makes her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut on Tuesday, May 30.

Tickets for Björk Digital and Björk With Orchestra will go on sale Monday, March 6, at 10 a.m. PST.

These events will be a special addition to the LA Phil's Reykjavík Festival, highlighting the profound musical creativity from Iceland’s capital.

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