Björk’s Latest Music Video Is a Virtual Reality Experience

Björk’s Latest Music Video Is a Virtual Reality Experience

Teasers for the new VR video allow viewers to enter her darkly beautiful world.

Teasers for the new VR video allow viewers to enter her darkly beautiful world.

Text: Thomas Freeman

Björk’s latest album, Vulnicura, traverses the emotional terrain of a failed marriage. To fully immerse listeners into her anguish, Björk has fashioned Vulnicura as a digital art experience, releasing virtual reality videos for songs “Stonemilker,” “Family” and “Mouth Mantra,” the last of which literally takes viewers inside her mouth. Still, her latest VR release, for the track “NotGet,” appears to be her most ambitious use of the medium yet.

Once hooked up to an HTC Vive headset, viewers are immersed into some sort of shadowy, fantastical world solely occupied by Björk. As an avatar of the singer bellows lyrics like “If I regret us, I’m denying my soul to grow” and “Don’t remove my pain; it is my chance to heal,” it sways and pantomimes, in step with a real-life performance captured by motion-capture technology. The cycles of her grief, fury and healing can be charted through the changes in her hollow and skeletal body, from black and shadowy to burning with an internal fire.

“Bone-like structures were grown inside of the body volume to create an intricate and delicate looking anatomy representing decay, death, and vulnerability,” Matt Chandler, part of the visual effects team Analog that helped create the video, told The Creator’s Project. “We wanted the surfaces to alter materials, emit light and look interesting throughout the entire piece as it was driven by the underlying motion-capture performance. The dark, ominous atmosphere is dissolved as she literally grows into a light-charged entity surrounded by hypnotic fluid motions.”

Viewers are not meant to simply look on in bewilderment at Björk’s latest insane creation but rather fully immerse themselves in it and, just perhaps, enter her bizarrely wonderful imagination.

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