Biophilia Concert Visuals (2011)

Snibbe led the team that produced the interactive multimedia and concert visuals for Björk’s Biophilia concert tour. The Biophilia live show had its world premiere as part of the Manchester International Festival, with Björk’s first live concert performance in four years.

The video and stage visuals evoke an atmosphere similar to being inside an app itself, with eight screens mounted surrounding a central stage. The immersive concert environment also includes floor projections with cymatics imagery of vibrating sand by Meara O’Reilley; a collapsing galactic “reverse big bang” that envelops Björk; a 24-woman Icelandic choir; and famed percussionist Manu Delago. Live imagery and music and instrument control from interactive iPad apps blend seamlessly with the stage performance. In addition to original animation and video, Snibbe worked with several brilliant animators including MacArthur award-winning bioanimator Drew Berry, abstract animator Stephen Malinowski, and cymatics artist Meara O’Reilly.

In Manchester and subsequent locations, the venues hosted a series of music-education workshops in collaboration with local schools to emphasize Björk’s integrated vision for Biophilia of Music, Technology and Nature.

Björk beneath Drew Berry’s Hollow animation

Björk beneath Drew Berry’s Hollow animation

Icelandic Choir performs under Stephen Malinowski’s animated score

Icelandic Choir performs under Stephen Malinowski’s animated score

Björk in her amazing spliced mini-dress/evening gown with Scott Snibbe at rehearsals

Björk in her amazing spliced mini-dress/evening gown with Scott Snibbe at rehearsals

All photos by Carsten Windhorst/Press