DVD: Biophilia

biophiliaThere is a unique sense of creativity and exploration that has remained a constant throughout Björk’s career and it’s on exhibit throughout her new concert film, Biophilia. The film, which runs just over an hour and a half and includes just under 20 songs, is focused mostly on the Biophilia material, but also includes such classics as “Possibly Maybe,” “Isobel,” and “One Day,” along with a few tracks off Medulla.

The film was directed by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, who mostly keep to the perspective of a viewer with different angles and natural edits, but occasionally speed the pace with songs like the volcanic “Mutual Core.” The film begins with a gorgeous visual prologue voiced by naturalist David Attenborough. The stage show is expectedly colorful and artsy with beautiful projected imagery, some really interesting instruments, and a oversized diva wig and museum-worthy wardrobe, which could double as an art piece (and might, literally, after the recent announcement that MoMA will be creating a retrospective on the singer soon).

The sound quality of the film is outstanding and Björk’s voice continues to impress as she is flanked by a crew of beautiful Icelandic backup singers in gold and blue costumes and her musical accompaniment. The film is an obvious must-see for fans, but remains an interesting pairing of visuals, performance, and music for anyone who’s into that sort of thing. The only drawback from a fan’s perspective is that Björk and the directors didn’t push the envelope even further and create a full-out art film. Even as a traditional concert film though, it still stands out.

You can purchase the DVD here.


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About Tim Needles

Tim Needles is an artist, photographer, humorist, and writer from Long Island, NY. His writing and art work has been seen in multiple exhibitions and publications around New York as well as the Photographer’s Forum, French Photo, the New York Times, and LI Pulse magazine. He is also an educator and currently teaches art and film at Smithtown, NY and as an Education Leader for Adobe. He was recently the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Award in Washington DC and serves as the director of Strictly Students, a non-for-profit group for media and education. His work can be seen on his website: www.timneedles.com
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