Bjork is joining with The Creators Project and the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) to bring her audio-visual live show--plus a related educational series--to the States. During a 10-day residency in New York City from Feb. 3 to March 2, the Icelandic artist will perform six shows at the Hall of Science and four at the Roseland Ballroom. The performances, specifically designed to reflect Bjork's latest album, Biophilia, first debuted in England as a commissioned piece by the Manchester International Festival. The Biophilia shows in NYC will boast "an intimate setting with no audience member more than a few yards from the stage." Some custom-made instruments that will be used live include four 10-foot harps, a MIDI-controlled pipe organ and "twin musical Tesla coils."
Bjork's taste for combining science and art will also make its way into a classroom of sorts. A three-week long engagement, also with NYSCI, will offer science and music workshops for middle-school students. Kids will use the Biophilia App and other interactive tools to study the scientific concepts--"crystalline structures, lunar phases, viruses"--behind the album, as well as learn about the connection between music and nature. Sounds pretty interesting, no? Bjork's home city of Reykjavík thought so: the Biophilia education program, it was announced, will be a part of the school curriculum for the next three years.