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Published: Monday June 16, 2014 MYT 10:45:00 AM
Updated: Monday June 16, 2014 MYT 12:10:08 PM

Bjork's app becomes the first in MoMA's collection

Listeners will enter the Icelandic singer’s ‘galaxy’ and get to analyse her songs.

Bjork’s multi-sensory musical experiment Biophilia has become the first app to be included in the collection at New York’s MoMA.

The Icelandic star’s 2011 interactive album has been introduced to the museum’s permanent collection, providing myriad media options, including animations, games and interactive graphics for each track.

Listeners find themselves in the album’s “galaxy”, able to explore each song with lyrical analyses and explanations of the score.

“I started thinking about acquiring Biophilia when it was released,” writes Paola Antonelli, MoMA’s Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, in the museum’s blog.

“At that time, a year after the iPad had been introduced, designers and developers were excitedly experimenting with apps that took advantage of a screen bigger than the iPhone.

“With Biophilia, however, Björk truly innovated the way people experience music by letting them participate in performing and making the music and visuals, rather than just listening passively.”

Bjork is famous for pushing the boundaries of the artistic disciplines with her collaborative projects and Biophilia was the first album app ever made.

As Antonelli says: “It was just a matter of time before she would invade and conquer the territory of design.”

Biophilia can be viewed at the museum and is available on Google Play and iTunes. – AFP Relaxnews

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, Njork, Biophilia, multi-sensory app, MoMA

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