Last weekend I was fortunate enough to witness Björk perform 'Biophilia' in the intimate setting of the Campfield Market Hall as part of the Manchester International Festival.
From a circular centre stage dotted with bizarre objects and bespoke instruments, Björk and her Icelandic choir performed each song accompanied by the narration of Sir David Attenborough announcing the song titles and a brief explanation for each process of nature.
All of the songs were accompanied by a visual representation of a 'Gondry' animation or documentary footage of nature in all it's glory. The visuals were played across a ring of giant screens circling above the stage allowing a panoramic view for everyone to see.
(Via Dangerous Minds)
In a career noted for its constant evolution, Biophilia represents Björk's biggest leap forward. While her previous work has focused mainly on the inner self and the minute details, this album and app project explodes the scope on to the macro level, taking in the entire universe and drawing far-reaching parallels between the ever-evolving technological landscape and the natural landscape around us. It proves once again that Björk is an artist who's unafraid to step into the unknown •
As well as the new material, Björk also played some of the older songs to everyone's delight. 'Joga' was one of them and it was utterly stunning.