Björk is one of the world’s greatest music video artists, and now she has another music video out in the world. Directed by Björk’s artistic collaborator Andrew Tomas Huang, the clip for “The Gate,” the lead single from her upcoming album Utopia, is a colorful fantasia full of vivid, bizarre imagery. In other words, it’s a Björk video, and you can watch it below.
This is what Huang told Nowness about the film:
“The Gate” picks up where 2015’s Vulnicura left off. It is the first glimpse into Björk’s utopia. The doorway lies within the wound from Vulnicura, which now appears transformed into a prismatic portal channeled between the chests of two lovers. Not lovers in the quotidian romantic sense, but in a broader cosmological way. As a throughway into Bjork’s new album, “The Gate” is a declaration of hope sung by a woman refracted and re-formed into a luminous whole.
I am especially proud of this film as I feel it is a culmination of my five-year collaboration with Björk and James Merry. It’s been such a nourishing three-way relationship and this film is the perfect synthesis of our brains and our hearts. Having Alessandro Michele’s design as the centerpiece in this film is a dream.
I want to give a special shout-out to my visual effects partners Wolf & Crow, who have pulled off an exceptional feat for this visually packed video. Building a world like this takes a village and I feel blessed to be in this company of artists.
The dress that Björk wears in the video took nearly 900 hours to make:
Creating @bjork’s custom #Gucci gown for her new single #TheGate. The design by #AlessandroMichele took approximately 550 hours to make, and an additional 320 hours for the embroidery. The dress’s fabrics include 5 meters of pleated iridescent PVC plastic material, 3 meters of PVC iridescent strips and 20 meters of pleated lurex organza. #AlessandroMichele also collaborated as the film’s creative director, to be shown on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm at The Store Studios in London, free public admission. From Monday 5am BST @nowness will screen #björk’s video online for 48 hours. Video director: @romana_meggiolaro Music by Karlheinz Stockhausen: Excerpt from SIRIUS Electronic music and trumpet, soprano, bass clarinet, bass (CD 26 of the Stockhausen Complete Edition, www.stockhausenCDs.com) © Stockhausen Foundation for Music, Germany (www.karlheinzstockhausen.org)
Utopia is out in November on One Little Indian.