Iceland’s electronic music star Björk has released a stunning music video for her new single Tabula Rasa. Co-produced by Arca, the haunting ballad first appeared on her album Utopia (2017). The video follows the debut of the her new stage show, Cornucopia, a concert that Björk calls “her most elaborate to date”.
The music video shows the Gay and Fashion Icon morphing into flowers and otherworldly figures with the help of some mind-boggling digital effects.
The video is directed by Tobias Gremmler, a German digital artist, who started his career as media designer in the early 1990s. His work has been shown in the theatres around our pretty planet such as Volksbühne Berlin and Cultural Centre Hong Kong. He blends media art and design with traditional art forms like theatre, music and sculpture.
He developed digital design solutions for companies such as Apple, Adidas, BMW, Samsung, Swarovski and Sony.
When creating the video, I was deeply inspired by the music and lyrics of Tabula Rasa. The visual transformation of Björk into faun-like flowers and mountainous landscapes embodies the utopian concept of a harmonious coexistence between nature and human based on empathy.
Born Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Björk is an singer, songwriter, composer, actor, record producer, and DJ. Over her four-decade career, she has developed an eclectic musical style that draws on a range of influences and genres spanning electronic, pop, experimental, classical, trip hop, IDM, and avant-garde.
She became famous as the lead singer of the alternative rock band The Sugarcubes, whose single Birthday (1987) was a worldwide hit and a favorite of music critics. In 1993, she went solo with albums such as Debut (1993), Post (1995), and Homogenic (1997), while collaborating with all sorts of artists, exploring a variety of multimedia projects.
Several of Björk’s albums have reached the Top 20, most recently Vulnicura (2015). She has had 31 singles reach the top 40 on pop charts around the world. She has sold 40 million records and has won five BRIT Awards and has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards.
Cornucopia is currently playing in New York City at the just opened new venue, The Shed, which commissions original works of art, across all disciplines, for all audiences, ranging from hip hop to classical music, painting to digital media, theater to literature, and sculpture to dance. Cornucopia plays through June 1.
My deepest wish
Is that you’re immersed in grace and dignity
But you will have to deal with shit soon enough
I hoped to give you the least amount of luggage
Got the right to make your own fresh mistakes
And not repeat others’ failures