This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
This Bonkers VR Exhibit Will Basically Let You BE Björk
Has there ever been a year as Björk-ian in L.A. as 2017? Aside from a (sold out) May 30 performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall that will see her backed by a 32-piece string orchestra, she'll also be headlining FYF Fest's Friday show with Missy Elliott (single-day passes for Friday are sold out too, but three-day passes are still up).
As if this isn't enough of a Björk fix, there'll also be a digital Björk exhibit that opens in L.A. this Friday. The exhibit, titled "Björk Digital," has already done stints in Tokyo, London, Mexico City, and Montreal (where it was at the Montreal Red Bull Music Academy as featured in the trailer below).
As reported at the L.A. Times, "Björk Digital" will have three components. In the first, visitors will strap on headsets to experience a variety of computer-generated playlands that were designed to reflect her latest album, Vulnicura. Participants will go to a range of locales, from a beach in Iceland to inside the singer’s mouth (would it be like a Pinocchio ordeal?).
A second component is more hands-on, as guests will be given the chance to play with instruments and music apps that were custom-designed for her 2011 album, Biophilia. And a third component—simultaneously the most mundane and exciting (to us, at least)—includes a room that screens remastered versions of the Björk's music videos (we should remind you that those videos were directed by the likes of Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze).
And wait, there's even more Björk. Her new score book—titled 34 Scores for Piano, Organ, Harpsichord and Celeste—will be exclusively available at "Björk Digital." The book isn't just some collection of tab sheets for you to learn a bunch of power chords; the book, which features selections from her back catalog, took eight years to put together, so we expect it to be substantial in more ways than one. While the book will be released June 5 online, visitors to "Björk Digital" will be able to grab an early copy. If the online pre-order is any indication, the book should set you back about $50.
"Björk Digital" will be at Magic Box at the Reef, 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. It's open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and will run from Friday to June 4. Tickets are $35 and can be found here.