If Björk’s wrenching and masterful new album Vulnicura hadn’t leaked early, its release would’ve coincided with the opening of the Museum Of Modern Art’s new Björk retrospective. The exhibit, which opens next month, will feature sound installations, visuals, costumes, and tons of other things that will capture the strange and slippery and beautiful career she’s pieced together over the decades. And one centerpiece of the exhibit will be a specifically-commissioned video for “Black Lake,” the new album’s soul-destroying 10-minute centerpiece.
Björk collaborated on the video with director Andrew Thomas Huang, who directed her video for the Biophilia song “Mutual Core.” According to a press release, the video will serve as an “immersive music and film experience.” Huang filmed it in Iceland last summer, using the volcanic island’s dramatic natural landscape to mirror the song’s themes of “pain, perishing, and rebirth.” Huang worked with the 3D design firm Autodesk, so even if the video does end up online, we won’t be getting the full effect unless we head out to the museum.
MoMA’s Björk retrospective runs 3/8 to 6/7. Plan your visits to New York accordingly.