In conjunction with the world premiere of Family, an interactive VR experience commissioned by Phoebe Greenberg and Penny Mancuso of Montréal’s Phi Centre and Red Bull Music Academy, Björk has released a new 2D teaser for the film. Working once again with filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang — who helmed Björk’s previous VR videos Black Lake and Stonemilker VR — the Icelandic artist continues to push the limits of technology and emotional vulnerability in “Family,” the centerpiece of her 2015 album Vulnicura.
“The story of the piece is about a woman who journeyed to see the Icelandic landscape to sew herself back together through, out of heartbreak, towards transcendence and empowerment,” says Huang. “All the landscapes that you see in the piece are actual landscape scans of the sets that we shot in Black Lake. They‘re meaningful scans, they‘re not just any Icelandic environments… You‘ll be traveling inside an embroidered piece designed by James Merry that‘s kind of like your magic carpet taking you through the world. We got actual motion-capture of Björk, so her presence is there in the piece.”
The full work will be on view for the first time at Montreal’s DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art within Björk Digital, an exhibition of virtual reality, digital and moving image works by the visionary artist. After exhibiting in Sydney and Tokyo, Björk Digital is now showing in London and will make its North American premiere from October 15 to November 12, 2016. Featuring an interactive collection of Biophilia apps, a cinema room screening Björk’s enviable music video oeuvre and much more, the exhibition is both a continuation of Björk’s boundless experimentation and a window into the mind of one of today’s most interesting creators, musical or otherwise.
The 18th edition of the Red Bull Music Academy will take place in Montreal from September 24 to October 28, 2016, bringing together 70 hand-selected producers, vocalists, beat-makers, instrumentalists and DJs from 38 countries. They will attend intimate lecture sessions and collaborate on music in an expansive, custom-built creative studio space, contained within the multidisciplinary arts and culture hub in the Old Montreal neighborhood, Phi Centre.
The Phi Centre is a versatile space with venues that adapt to accommodate the event at hand: launches, conferences, seminars, screenings, exhibitions, concerts, performances, interactive installations. It has creative studios and production suites equipped with the latest technology for all artistic needs. It’s a multifunctional centre where art can express itself in its various forms. It’s a space where people can exchange, learn, discover, launch, shoot, record, and more.
The Phi Centre is an initiative of Phi and its founder, Phoebe Greenberg. Phi’s mission is to provide the public with excellence in all types of art from every possible horizon.
Established in 2007, DHC/ART is a non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art. Housed in two heritage buildings located in the heart of Old Montreal, DHC/ART’s programming has met with critical acclaim both at home and around the world. Each year we offer two to three major exhibitions, a series of public events, special collaborative projects and a forward thinking education program. International in scope while responsive to the context of the city of Montreal, all of DHC/ART’s programming is offered free of charge as a way to reinforce its commitment to accessibility while fostering a discussion on how contemporary art is invested with the topics and ideas that reflect and touch our everyday lives.