Somerset House is proud to present an immersive virtual reality exhibition from Icelandic icon Björk.
Sounds familiar? Well yes it probably does! Last week I wrote an article on the BBC Proms. The show uses modern day advancements in technology consequently bringing the experience closer to the end user. If you’ve not read this, I suggest you go back and read it now. Once you’ve read the article, make sure you ‘like’ and ‘share’ the story to show your support!
Somerset House’s new exhibition, Björk Digital is an exploration of Björk’s 2015 album Vulnicura. An immersive and emotionally stimulating experience is created using virtual reality, augmented reality, 360° video, soundscaping and cinema.
This fantastic exhibition is divided into 8 rooms. Each of the rooms presents a different virtual environment either through screens or headsets. Björk believes by having individual rooms, you create a more private theatrical experience. Viewers are able to understand and connect with the emotions of the album. Hence virtual reality provides a unique way to connect to audiences making it a personal and memorable performance.
“There is something about the 360° staging which is very theatrical and dramatic,” she says. “When you put those goggles on your face, you’re in a very theatrical world. As heartbreak is the oldest story there is, I felt it could take this sort of experimentation.”
So to conclude, whether you’re a fan of her music or not, this show is an absolute must. Music and film can be affecting on their own, therefore when coupled with virtual reality and modern day technology, feelings and senses are enhanced tenfold. Subsequently creating a powerful and breathtaking show. Björk is constantly and consistently challenging the status quo. Pushing the boundaries of what is possible in music, art and technology – and we wouldn’t have her any other way.