Listen to Björk explain her Virtual Reality exhibition at Carriageworks for Vivid Sydney

June 3rd 2016

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  • Bjork :: Q&A with Lisa Havilah at Carriageworks

The always innovative Björk has curated a virtual reality art project, premiering at Carriageworks on June 4 as part of Vivid Sydney. Featuring 80 virtual reality headsets and five separate rooms, Björk: Digital is a unique opportunity to experience the Icelandic musician’s work in a new and immersive way.

In a special Q&A with Carriageworks director Lisa Havilah yesterday, Björk spoke about the progression of the exhibition and how this digital project has become an extension of her music. Asked how she became interested in virtual reality, she answered:

“I was fascinated by how it captures intimacy so well. You can be even more intimate than you are in a video or at the live concert. It’s so penetrative. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the porn industry has embraced it the way it has… it’s full penetration! And I just thought as a musician, it’s a really exciting toy to have: to be able to be that intimate with someone.”

In addition to the visual component of her exhibition, Björk will also be playing two exclusive DJ sets – both sold out, unsurprisingly. On her experiences as a DJ, Björk explained:

“I just always DJ for friends, and it has slowly become this part of me that maybe taps into when I was a kid. I always wanted to have my own radio show, so I’m kind of like a frustrated radio show host.”

“I’m like the worst mixer on earth. But that’s not really what I’m about, I’m more somebody who hunts and gathered music from around the place. But I’m a good editor so I will edit together totally different songs and music. Overall I think you should expect some sort of journey through my record collection.”

We recorded the full Q&A for you, because everything sounds better in when Björk says it.  Listen above and catch the exhibition for free over the next two weeks.



WHAT: BJÖRK DIGITAL – Exhibition for Vivid Sydney
WHERE: Carriageworks
WHEN: June 4 – 18
HOW MUCH: Free – bookings advised for the Virtual Reality rooms. Book for week one or week two.



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