Airwaves: Björk Digital


Gearing up for Airwaves, Zombie Popcorn has mapped out the bands to see during the first three days and raved about our excitement to attend the opening of the Pönksafn Íslands / The Icelandic Punk Museum.

My excitement doesn’t end there.

For those who know me and been a fan of Zombie Popcorn for a while knows that I am obsessed with 3D films, media, and that obsession is only challenged by my obsession with Virtual Reality (VR). I am so obsessed with 3D and VR, that I started hosting 3D podcasts (with hopes to one day host them in VR), how fucking boring is that – watching me and my guests speak into a microphone in 3D. I didn’t care, I love 3D!

So what does this have to do with Airwaves?

Well, this year Björk is playing Airwaves, but that is not all. She is bringing Björk Digital to Airwaves with her. Björk Digital is the acclaimed exhibition of virtual reality videos for songs from Björk’s last album, ‘Vulnicura’.

According to Harpa‘s website (the venue that will host the exhibit), “Björk is an artist constantly experimenting with new expressions by introducing cutting edge technology to her music. She believes that the latest VR technology can connect her and the audience intimately; in a different way than CDs or live concerts could, it is a new type of private theatre that provides an appropriate sense of one on one solitude for you to experience music as never before. Björk’s “heartbreak saga” album “Vulnicura” was born from the extremely personal event that it is to break up with someone, and then turned that into VR for this exhibition, “Björk Digital” –an on-going project that explores the possibilities of VR and music. …The exhibition also allows you to interactively experience the multimedia album “Biophilia”; An album with songs turned into applications that is being used in the educational curriculum in Scandinavia, whose theme is the confluence of nature, music and technology. Additionally, 29 songs from Björk’ career have been remastered in 5.1ch sound especially for this exhibition. You can enjoy them in chronological order in the Cinema Room. Björk says “an artist’s work is to put soul into technology”. That is certainly achieved in this exhibition that has already travelled to Australia, Japan and in October to Somerset House in London. The Björk Digital show in Harpa is the largest edition of the show and includes it´s newest addition, Family Room.”

How freaking exciting is this moment and Zombie Popcorn will be there to cover every detail of this exhibit. Stay tuned for our report back and in the meantime, here are some 360 Björk videos.

Björk: Stonemilker (360 degree virtual reality)

Björk: Mouth Mantra (VR Video from Inside the Mouth of Björk)

Björk: black lake

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Jason Bayless

Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.

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