Bjork - Love her or hate her, there is no denying that she is super talented. This summer will see the Icelandic star delve into a multimedia exhibition entitled 'Biophilia', which aims to encompass her music, installations, live shows and celebrate the use of modern technology using the internet. Experiments and showcases will look at basic principles of how sound works, the infinite expanse of the universe and more intricate things like planetary systems and atomic structures.
Is Bjork too clever for her own good or is this a multimedia facade put up to portray the star in a reclusive light? There is no doubting Bjorks' passion for intellectual displays and lord knows she loves to create a good debate (think Marjan Pejoskis' swan dress at the Oscars which is chiche even to mention because there is rarely an article written about the star which doesn't mention it - I guess now this one included - damn) but planetary systems and pre-historic composition of fossils and early atoms is best left to someone like David Attenborough.
Nevertheless, I'm sure it will be a mega talking point when it is launched at Manchester International Festival for a three-week residency. There will be six intimate shows in theCampfieldMarket Hall for audiences of 1800, her first UK dates in over three years. For these six special shows,Bjorkwill be performing new tracks from the forthcoming 'Biophilia' studio album as well as with a small group of unique musical collaborators. If you likeBjork, you will love this. She will also be experimenting with new sound systems such as a 30 foot pendulum that harnesses the earth's gravitational pull to create musical patterns. It seems the stranger the concept (no matter the sound) the more likely it will feature in the exhibit.
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Björk Biophilia, Campfield Market Hall, Campfield Avenue Arcade, Manchester, M3 4FH; June - July 2011