Björk’s Black Lake Takes A Cinematic Approach

Initially featured exclusively in her exhibition at the New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Björk has released her new project, Black Lake for the rest of the world to see. The 10-minute long music video has a cinematic feel and that signature Björk quirkiness. Before you watch it, prepare your soul for an incredible emotional journey.

We find Björk in a dark cave, in a tortured-state, rocking back and forth as she sings. As she begins to walk through the cave, she falls down again and moves her arms around slowly in a hypnotic dance, symbolising the feelings of pain and loss. This dance continues as she stands up once again and moves through the cave, picking up speed. The beat grows in strength as she does, while the volcanic rock outside the cave erupts with blue lava in anger.

Björk has written an explanation the process of making the video, thanking the people involved (via Dazed):

“dear folks
here comes the black lake video
a video me and andrew thomas huang did
i would like to thank him and james merry so strongly for going through with me the longest video process yet
especially to andrew for his talented elegant patience and to take my first visual impulses and weave into them his own magnificent vision :
im so honoured !!
it was a complex yet adventurous process to synchronize with so many departments
i would like to thank klaus biesenbach for commissioning the video
and ta to the haxan cloak , the speaker collaborators , the architect david benjamin , marco perry who all helped me make the most ideal sound room possible for that song
and then thank derek and emma birkett and tamsin . and iris and erna
and arca for producing the music with me 

i guess its time for “stonemilker” and “black lake” to get out there into the world after a 3 month stint in a museum  ….. ( after all the effort , stonemilker was like black lakes spontaneous baby sibling ha ha ha  ) we tried to make it in a way it was both at home in an exhibition and also in the context of a no nonesense music video ( still my fav format)  and i hope you dont mind the wait 

and back to M U S I C …

can i thank new york for a feisty 5 months , 8 lush gigs ?
most curious though about them next things
perhaps we dont even have the best tools yet
and technology might be where all the senses can merge even better ?
!!! here´s to some more VR vulnicura releases soon !!!


Watch it in full below: