Björk will open Sónar Barcelona 2017 with an immersive virtual reality exhibition, talk at the Sónar+D congress and four-hour DJ set on Wednesday, June 14th. The music and technology festival also expands to Sunday, June 18th with a closing concert at l’Auditori featuring Nico Muhly on piano and Stargaze performing the piece “Death Speaks” By David Lang.
“Björk Digital” will take place at Barcelona’s Centre for Contemporary Culture between Tuesday, June 13th and Sunday, September 24th. Visitors can enjoy an immersive exhibition with VR and video works from the Icelandic artist’s collaborations with visual artists and programmers. The exhibition combines performance, cinema, installation, video and interaction.
Her four-hour DJ set will hear her concentrate on an abstract and kaleidoscopic sound, selecting influences from a plethora of sources. The show will start at 8.00pm, one day before the main festival opens its doors to the rest of Montjuïc venue. This performance will be limited to 3,000 people and will require a separate ticket purchase.
Also on Wednesday, June 14th, Björk will discuss her close ties to the audiovisual world at the Sónar+D conference, which this year focuses on the latest advances in Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality applied to the arts.
Meanwhile Sónar+D expands its program with the inclusion of Maker Faire Barcelona. It will be a maker technologies orientated event open to a family audience with free access, taking place at the Fira Montjuïc Italian Pavilion. The Sónar Week is completed by a range of exhibitions in the city including an anthology dedicated to David Bowie called David Bowie Is at the Barcelona Museum of Design, Lightforms/Soundforms by Brian Eno at the Arts Santa Mònica and Blackout from the recently-deceased Catalan artist Tres at la Virreina Centre de la Imatge.
Sónar also returns to two performance spaces habitually associated with the festival: the Mies van der Rohe pavilion hosting the sound installation Wave Shift by Mark Bain and the premiere of the experimental dance piece Èpica at Mercat de les Flors.
For information and tickets to all aspects of Sónar including Björk’s DJ set go to sonar.es.