Björk is set to make a few appearances at next month’s Sónar festival. Besides bringing her travelling Björk Digital virtual reality exhibition to the Barcelona event, the Icelandic artist will also DJ and deliver a talk as part of its programming.
Björk Digital, running at the city’s Contemporary Culture Centre between June 14 and September 24, is a multi-media installation combining “performance, cinema, installation, video and interaction”. Celebrating its launch, the Icelandic artist will perform a special four-hour DJ set at the festival’s opening party. This is one of the longest DJ sets the artist has scheduled before – earlier this year she played a (far shorter) secret set in London for the launch of visual collaborator Jesse Kanda’s debut EP.
If this wasn’t exciting in itself, Björk will also be giving a talk as part of the festival’s Sónar+D series earlier thay day. Sónar+D is a programme of talks by figures within the music and technology industries, this year themed around VR and artificial intelligence in the arts. Her talk, taking part on a ‘Networking day’ on JUne 14, promises to explore Björk’s “close ties to the audio-visual world all throughout her career”.