Björk Teases New Virtual Reality Film ‘Family’

Björk Teases New Virtual Reality Film ‘Family’

The new visual may be Björk's most innovative piece yet.

The new visual may be Björk's most innovative piece yet.

Text: Jake Viswanath

Björk is always at the forefront of the tech world, constantly taking advantage of new digital technologies to create innovative visuals and interactive experiences that perfectly compliments her ground-breaking music. Today, her streak continues as she releases a teaser of her upcoming virtual reality film, Family.

Set to the heart-wrenching song “Family” off her most recent album Vulnicura, the new film sees the Icelandic music icon work once again with creative collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang, who previously directed virtual reality audiovisual clips for Vulnicura tracks “Black Lake” and “Stonemilker.”

Based off the 2D teaser, Family will be a decidedly more colorful and immersive yet mysterious affair, seemingly experimenting with the concept of DNA and ever-changing emotions. But like most Björk endeavors, the film must be seen to truly be understood. Huang explained the story of the film and described its visual inspirations in a statement.

“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,” Huang said. “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,” he also explained. “We got actual motion-capture of Björk, so her presence is there in the piece.”

Family will premiere at the ongoing Björk Digital exhibition at Montreal’s DHC/Art Foundation for Contemporary Art before it closes on November 12.

Credits: Photo: Andrew Huang

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