• LAPA
  • LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC'S REYKJAVÍK FESTIVAL SHOWCASES VISUAL ARTWORK FROM LEADING ICELANDIC ARTISTS
  • March 27, 2017
  • Festival Includes Work from Shoplifter, Xárene Eskandar and Siggi Eggertsson 

    Björk Digital Exhibition Will Take Place  May 19 to June 4 at Magic Box at The Reef

    As part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Reykjavík Festival, a celebration of the profound artistic community from Iceland's capital, visual art from leading Icelandic artists will be showcased April 1 to 17 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. This will include contributions from Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), Xárene Eskandar and Siggi Eggertsson.

    Shoplifter will unveil a new, LA Phil-commissioned, site-specific installation, Nervescape VI, in Walt Disney Concert Hall’s BP Hall. Made from synthetic hair extensions and rope, the installation will be unveiled in conjunction with a performance from Icelandic band amiina during Opening Night: Made in Iceland – Live on April 7. Nervescape VI will be on display for the duration of the festival.

    The LA Phil presents the U.S. premiere of Xárene Eskandar’s Driving at the speed of the Nordic sun, a 4-hour single-take film featuring a soundtrack by Eskandar using segments of Emergence 1 Silence from Over Light Earth by Reykjavík Festival co-curator Daníel Bjarnason. Beginning April 1 and continuing until April 17, the film will be screened continuously outdoors in the W.M. Keck Foundation Children's Amphitheatre. Public screenings begin 9AM daily and run until 90 minutes before performances, when the garden is closed for the show.

    The Festival will also include commissioned imagery from the acclaimed visual artist Siggi Eggertsson.

    As a special addition to the Reykjavík Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association presents the West Coast premiere of Björk Digital, an exhibition of groundbreaking digital and virtual reality (VR) video works featuring music from the artist’s latest album, Vulnicura. Björk Digital will run from May 19 to June 4 at Magic Box at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are still available for the exhibition.    

    A pioneer in music, art, and technology, Björk has worked with a collection of world-renowned directors, programmers, and visual artists to create a series of innovative virtual reality works displayed throughout a series of rooms. Björk Digital will invite guests to experience these immersive works through the latest in virtual reality technology.

    The Björk Digital exhibition is a series of experiences: five VR experiences where users are transported with custom headsets; the Black Lake room, a custom-built immersive space featuring a bespoke, cutting-edge surround sound set up to create an immersive and visceral virtual reality experience; the Biophilia room, a hands-on educational space which showcases Björk's innovative apps, encouraging users to dive into an exploration of musicology, science and technology; and finally, the Cinema room, a curated program of Björk’s extensive and groundbreaking music videos spanning her career thus far, remastered for a unique exhibition cinema experience. Included will be videos directed by Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Alexander McQueen, and many more.

    Björk will be making her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut on May 30 with orchestra. The show quickly sold out after tickets went on sale.

    Special thanks to Bowers & Wilkins, the official audio collaborator for Björk Digital.

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    PROGRAM DETAILS:

    Friday, April 7 - Monday, April 17

    Nervescape VI (Installation by Shoplifter/Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir)

    BP Hall
    Walt Disney Concert Hall
    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    Opens Friday, April 7.

    Saturday, April 1 - Monday, April 17, Hours may vary

    Driving at the speed of the Nordic sun film screening (film by Xarene Eskandar, soundtrack by Xárene Eskandar using segments of Emergence 1 Silence from Over Light Earth by Daníel Bjarnason)

    W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre
    Walt Disney Concert Hall
    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    Opens Saturday, April 1. Public screenings begin 9AM daily and run until 90 minutes before performances, when the garden is closed for the show.

    Friday, May 19 - Sunday, June 4, 10AM-9PM

    Björk Digital

    Magic Box at The Reef
    1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles 

    The Björk Digital experience is approximately 90 minutes. Guests are strongly encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to exhibition entry time.

    Tickets can be purchased online at www.laphil.com or by calling 323-850-2000. 

    For more information about the Reykjavík Festival, complete artist biographies and tickets please visit: http://www.laphil.com/tickets/reykjavik-festival

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music Director & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres - orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop - at two of L.A.'s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall (www.laphil.com) and the Hollywood Bowl (www.HollywoodBowl.com). The LA Phil's season extends from September through June at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.

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  • contact:

    Sophie Jefferies, sjefferies@laphil.org, 213.972.3422
    Lydia Fong, lfong@laphil.org, 213.972.3689
    Andrew Schwartz, aschwartz@laphil.org, 213.972.3406