Björk kicked off the opening of Björk : Digital London this morning with a live streamed press conference via motion capture avatar from Iceland directly to Somerset House!
The virtual visit to Somerset House came as a surprise during the press Q&A today during the launch of her new digital exhibition. Her movements and voice were captured using state-of-the-art 3D streaming technology from Autodesk and Unity Technologies, allowing Björk to beam in from Reykjavik to accompany Jonathan Reekie, Director of Somerset House Trust, in launching her new show.
In Björk’s own words:
“i am gratefully announcing the opening of björk : digital london .
here are some photos from the press conference where i appeared via live stream motion capture avatar from iceland ( thousand miles away ! )
we have 4 VR videos ready and will be adding one in each city we go to , hopefully completing the album this year choosing various warehouses and galleries that exhibit work from all disciplines . i am very happy w being the pop musician i am and feel VR is a natural continuity of the pop video .
technology is enabling women to work outside the already formed hierarchical systems . the laptop arriving 1999 gave me a personal studio to make vespertine , the touchscreen 2006 helped me map my own idiosyncratic musicology outside the classical canon and reconnect it w nature and make biophilia , VR is helping making a new stage free of politics where sound and vision is swirling free in 360 fully liberated . i found vulnicura a helpful material to work in VR because of its old fashioned heartbreak saga , the narration in it is the most stubborn of my albums so i felt it could take on the experimentation of where VR is now . benefitted from 2016-ing it . and because of vulnicuras one singular selfpitying voice to work with many directors gave it more point of views .
i appreciate that your curiousity is still there after all these years
dont take it for granted
and thank my courageous team