The incredible Bjork Digital exhibition’s ground-breaking audio-visual moments are delivered by state-of-the-art technology including Bowers & Wilkins speakers and headphones.
Björk Digital is the most ambitious music retrospective yet conceived. It sees the Icelandic creative powerhouse take last year’s MOMA Björk exhibition out on the road, with added extras and the support of a cast of Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers and headphones. The exhibition is, as you would imagine, far more than a simple retrospective, and is the perfect launch pad for Björk’s obvious passion for the brave new world of virtual reality.
Following very successful stays in Sydney and Tokyo, Björk Digital has landed at Somerset House in London, where as part of our partnership with the event there is also a Bowers & Wilkins pop-up store.
Björk Digital features a series of ground-breaking audio-visual moments delivered by state-of-the-art technology. Divided into five unique spaces, the exhibition is designed to take the audience on a journey using sound to heighten and deepen the narrative of the exhibition.
Fans of the visionary artist’s most recent album Vulnicura are treated to an experience derived from the album. Black Lake is a multi-screen film devised and directed by filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang, with whom Björk previously collaborated on a visual abstraction of 2011 album Biophilia.
Bowers & Wilkins has deployed some of its most advanced loudspeakers to bring Black Lake to life acoustically including the CT800s, AM-1s and, in addition, subwoofers from Bowers & Wilkins Sound System – the ground-breaking and much-lauded speaker stack that debuted at Primavera Sound festival in 2014. These speakers immerse audiences into a spatial audio ‘wave field synthesis’ system provided by Barco IOSONO, which places them in a ‘virtual sound stage’ for the screening of a never before seen edit of Andrew Thomas Huang’s film.
Visitors wear Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones as they make their way through to the VR Room. Devised to immerse the audience further into the world of Björk with three distinct but collective experiences. Stonemilker explores the 360-degree visual and audio experience presenting Björk windswept performing the first track from her hit record Vulnicura. Mouthmantra by Jesse Kanda transports the viewer through the artist’s mouth as she sings; the sight is intensified by the exquisite sound experience offered by Bowers & Wilkins headphones. The audience is then transported to an immersive space – here they will watch the premiere of Notget by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones through HTC Vive headsets and Bowers & Wilkins headphones.
Guests lastly experience ‘Cinema’ – a rolling loop of Björk’s music videos from the past 30 years, an intimate and relaxed space complimented and soothed by the refined and perfectly pitched sound emitted from Bowers & Wilkins speakers.
Björk Digital is currently in London at the wonderful Somerset House until 23rd October 2016, and will making its way to America after that.
Björk Digital is taking place at Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA.
The Bowers & Wilkins pop-up store is in the entrance to Somerset House and does not require a ticket for entry.
It is open to the 23rd October, from 12pm – 9pm every day.