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BJORK DIGITAL PARTY #2 ANNOUNCED | MEDIA RELEASE

April 6, 2016

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES SECOND BJÖRK DIGITAL PARTY DUE TO OVERWHELMING RESPONSE

 SECOND DJ SET AND PERFORMANCE CURATED BY BJÖRK TO BE PRESENTED 4 JUNE 2016 AT CARRIAGEWORKS FOR VIVID SYDNEY

 Sydney, Australia: Due to an overwhelming response to the Opening Night of the world premiere BJÖRK DIGITAL  exhibition, Carriageworks today announced a second night party. To celebrate the opening of the BJÖRK DIGITAL exhibition as part of Vivid Sydney 2016, Björk will travel to Sydney to curate two nights of music at Carriageworks, where she will DJ with special guests for two nights only on Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June 2016.

Carriageworks is a major precinct for Vivid Sydney 2016, marking the third successful year the Redfern- based contemporary multi-arts centre has been involved in the annual Sydney event that celebrates light, music and ideas. The three-week program at Carriageworks is headlined by work from the iconic Icelandic artist Björk, who was recently crowned best International Female Solo Artist at the 2016 Brit Awards following the success of her most recent album Vulnicura.

Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah said: “Carriageworks has created a contemporary program for Vivid Sydney that moves across music, installations and food and which will activate the precinct over the full Vivid Sydney three-week period. National and international audiences will experience world premieres, Australian music and unique opportunities to engage with Sydney’s best chefs and creative leaders.”

BJÖRK DIGITAL invites visitors to an exhibition of digital and video works that are the result of Björk’s new collaborations with some of the finest visual artists and programmers in the world. This will be completed by the Australian premiere of Black Lake, an immersive cinema experience featuring a cutting edge surround sound system, where the audience is encased in the claustrophobic and visceral experience of Black Lake. The work is directed by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang and was filmed in the lava fields of Iceland.

Björk said: I felt it is time to premiere my recent virtual reality stuff and am delighted to do so in Sydney. We have made seven 360o videos for Vulnicura and I am enthusiastic about this natural continuity of the music video: the intimacy, total merge of surround sound and vision makes VR an ideal home! Looking forward to celebrating it whilst DJ-ing with some good friends there!”

Björk invites audiences to experience for the first time her new work in virtual reality, including Stonemilker – directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, and the world premiere in VR of Jesse Kanda’s brilliantly innovative Mouth Mantra.

A curated program of Björk’s extensive video work will be presented, spanning the artist’s 24 year career during which time she has collaborated with film directors including Academy Award winners Spike Jones, Michel Gondry, Nick Knight and Stephane Sedanaoui.

There will be an additional educational aspect – an immersive multi-media experience showcasing the interactive musical instruments and apps from Biophilia.
Also part of the Vivid program is Curve Ball, a new one-day music festival being held on 11 June 2016 in conjunction with Fuzzy, the team responsible for some of Australia’s best music events. Curve Ball, headlined by ZHU, features a line-up boasting international and local acts who will transform the soaring ceilings and industrial grandeur of Carriageworks’ largest space into an immersive audio – visual experience, and feast for the eyes and ears with intricate sound design and video artistry.

The Vivid Sydney announcement adds further weight to the Carriageworks 2016 Artistic Program, which represents the most ambitious program to date for Australia’s leading contemporary multi-arts precinct. Carriageworks has undergone unprecedented growth over the past four years, welcoming more than 790,000 visitors in 2015. The 2016 Artistic Program brings together a risk-taking, culturally diverse line- up of more than 54 projects, spanning visual arts, dance, performance, film, talks and music which will support over 740 artists.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: For further information and interviews please contact Kym Elphinstone [art]iculate, kym@articulatepr.com.au, 0421 106 139 or Jasmine Hersee, jasmine@articulatepr.com.au, 0406 649 393.

KEY DATES:
BJÖRK DIGITAL OPENING
6PM – 11PM FRIDAY 3 JUNE 2016 – SOLD OUT

BJÖRK DIGITAL 2ND NIGHT PARTY
6PM – 11PM SATURDAY 4 JUNE 2016
TICKET PRICE $110 – TICKETS ON SALE 8 APR 9AM AEST

 BJÖRK DIGITAL EXHIBITION
10AM – 6PM SATURDAY 4 – 18 JUNE 2016
FREE

Project Details:

BJÖRK DIGITAL 

Presented by Carriageworks and Vivid Sydney, BJÖRK DIGITAL is a world premiere presented in five unique spaces throughout Carriageworks and represents the premiere of a new virtual reality project by Björk alongside other collaborations with some of the finest filmmakers and programmers in the world.  To celebrate the opening of BJÖRK DIGITAL, Björk will travel to Sydney to curate a music event at Carriageworks, where she will DJ with special guests. Björk has created internationally acclaimed albums such as DebutPostVespertineMedúllaVolta and Biophilia.

BLACK LAKE

This Australian premiere is presented exclusive to Sydney, offering guests an immersive virtual reality cinema experience where the audience is encased in the claustrophobic and visceral experience of Black Lake. The work is directed by Los Angeles based fashion and music filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang and was filmed in the highlands of Iceland. Black Lake was commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

VIRTUAL REALITY

This world premiere will invite audiences exclusively in Sydney to experience for the first time Björk in 4D virtual reality. Works will include Stonemilker – directed by Andrew Thomas Huang and Björk. The shoot for the video took place at a beach of Grótta, Reykjavik, Iceland.   Björk has also worked with director Andrew Huang, audio technician Chris Pike and creative producer James Merry.  Mouthmantra – Björk and Jesse Kanda will present their first ever collaboration in the shape of Björk’s brilliantly claustrophobic video for Mouthmantra, directed by Kanda. The video is filmed from inside the Icelandic icon’s mouth, her tongue and teeth warped and twisted seemingly taking on a life of its own.

BJÖRK BIOPHILIA – EDUCATION PROGRAM

An immersive multi-media educational experience that will enable audiences to explore extraordinary and innovative Biophilia apps created by Björk.  This Australian premiere, that is exclusive to Sydney, comprises a suite of original music, interactive artworks and musical artefacts,  Björk has collaborated with artists, designers, scientists, instrument makers, writers and software developers to create an extraordinary exploration of the universe and its physical forces, processes and structures. 

CINEMA ROOM

A curated program of Björk’s extensive video work which will be remastered for this unique exhibition experience and is presented exclusively in Sydney for its Australian premiere.   Throughout her 24 year career Björk has collaborated with film directors including Academy Award winners Spike Jones, Michel Gondry, Nick Knight and Stéphane Sednaoui. 

ABOUT CARRIAGEWORKS:

Carriageworks presents a contemporary multi-arts program that engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The program is artist led and emerges from Carriageworks’ commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity. The Carriageworks artistic program is ambitious, risk taking and unrelenting in its support of artists. Carriageworks is a cultural facility of the NSW Government and is supported by Arts NSW. The Carriageworks program can be viewed at http://www.carriageworks.com.au

 ABOUT VIVID SYDNEY: 

Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, which for 23 days – from 27 May to 18 June 2016 – transforms the Harbour City with its colourful creative canvas.  In 2015 Vivid Sydney attracted a record 1.7 million attendees. Now in its eighth year, Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. Vivid Sydney features large scale light installations and projections (Vivid Light); music performances and collaborations (Vivid Music including Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House); and creative ideas, discussion and debate (Vivid Ideas), all celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific. For more information visit www.vividsydney.com