Watch: Björk - Lionsong
More beauty from Björk for your bandwidth.
The critics have been slamming New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA's) Bjork retrospective. The revered Jerry Saltz from the New York Times has called it a "discombobulated mess", The Guardian's Jason Farago rightly called it "unambitious," ArtNet's Ben Davis said "the show is bad, really bad... MoMA has laid a colossal egg." ArtNews' Michael Miller said that the show was "a waste of time."... the slaughter contines everywhere you look online; and is mostly centred around the argument that an art gallery is no place for pop culture / pop music, and should be revered for non-celebrity based contemporary art.
Meh, I still want to see it; especially the one-off 3D video installation Black Lake, that was commissioned by MoMA for the show, that we wrote about a little while ago. In the absence of plane tickets to New York however, we will have to settle for the first music video, Lionsong, for the Icelandic artist's new album Vulnicura. Directed by longtime collaborators Inez and Vinoodh, it features Björk in the colourful dandelion-essque headress of the album's cover, dancing in her sensual-methodical manner, interspersed with clips of her beating, black-veined heart. According to the YouTube description, visual effects were used to create the stars and lights surrounding the singer and to extend her legs to unnatural proportions. She looks like some kind of shiny ninja spider.
There's more where this came from - with Bjork recently announcing plans to develop her next clip, Stonemilker, for virtual reality headset Oculus Rift: "It’s almost more intimate than real life. It also has this crazy panoramic quality. I think it’s really exciting," Bjork told Fast Company.
Watch Lionsong below. Vulnicara is out now through Inertia.
Bjork, still from ‘Black Lake,’ commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, 2015.