Björk’s brilliant video for ‘Mutual Core’, directed by Andrew Thomas Huang will be shown on huge screens in New York’s Times Square every night in March from 11:57pm to midnight. The video has been re-edited for this project. New York’s ‘Midnight Moment’ series is organized and supported by the Times Square Advertising Coalition in Partnership with Times Square Arts. You may recall Tracey Emin’s neon heart images taking over Times Square at midnight for the month of February.
The original video, was produced with help from MOCA. You can watch it (along with the making of) after the jump.
THE NON-PROFIT ‘BIOPHILIA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM’ LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
Björk’s massive ‘Biophilia’ project, which started out as the world’s first interactive app album, has evolved into large-scale live performances around the world and educational programs that teach kids about science and music in new ways.
Currently the app (which is used in the interactive lesson plans with the kids) is only available on Apple’s iOS for iPhone and iPad. Björk’s goal is to have the program available across all platforms such as Android and Windows 8. The program has been met with much success and enthusiasm around the world, particularly with low-income children, or children who’ve had their art and music funding cut in their schools.
The Biophilia Educational Program is strictly non-profit and volunteer-based, which is why they need your help to raise the funds necessary to widen the scope of the project. To make it easy to give money to the wonderful cause, Björk has set up a Kickstarter campaign.
The Kickstarter page also provides a comprehensive overview of the project.
Today, Björk—in partnership with MOCA—released her video for ‘Mutual Core’. It’s one of my favorite songs from her ‘Biophilia’ album and the video is equally powerful. In the clip, Björk’s right in the center of a world that seems to be creating itself as she sings. Explosions, sand, fire, rocks, and rainbow tongue creatures are ever-expanding around her (and she couldn’t be more at home).
It’s directed by the brilliant Andrew Thomas Huang who also did the artwork for Björk’s remix album, ‘Bastards’. And of course all you weird art-video loving obsessives out there will remember Huang’s mesmerizing video ‘Solipsist’ that was created for the Saatchi & Saatchi New Director’s Showcase earlier this year. I’ve included it after the jump.
BJORK AND BRITISH NATURE FILMMAKER DAVID ATTENBOROUGH TO CREATE FILM ON THE EVOLUTION OF MUSIC FOR UK TV
So cool! I hope we get to see this in the states. I absolutely love Björk’s revolutionary app album ‘Biophilia’—which focuses on science and nature—so I have no doubt that this project will be just as interesting. I don’t think there’s a better person she could’ve teamed up with, either. Attenborough is pretty much the only big-name nature filmmaker who doesn’t take the Steve Irwin in-your-face approach to animal documentaries. Maybe that’s why he’s still alive.
His film on the lyrebird is fantastic.
‘Attenborough and Bjork: The Nature of Music’ will show on Channel 4 in the UK and will focus on the evolution of music within human history as well as “the planet’s other species”. Sounds like classic Björk! A producer on the project told The Hollywood Reporter, “We are thrilled to be able to document this incredible journey with her. She is undeniably one of the most iconic figures in popular culture and truly pushes boundaries like no other artist does.” Trust.
It will be directed by Louise Hooper and produced by Pulse Films. There is no air date at this time. We’ll keep you posted.
See Attenborough’s classic lyrebird footage after the jump.
Watch Björk accept her Webby Award for Artist Of The Year for her app album, ‘Biophilia’ last night in NYC. Looking great and keeping her speech to the required 5 words, she simply says, “A.E.I.O.U” into the microphone. The core of human sound: Nice. She looks great, as usual and is keeping with her big-wig style from ‘Biophilia’.
If anyone else won, I’d be suspicious. As the world’s first app album and with brilliant music directly referencing and inspired by technology, who else could be artist of the year at the Webbies? No one.