In October of 2011 Björk released Biophilia the world's first "app album" in collaboration with a vast, multi-disciplinary team of designers and developers that included Scott Snibbe and Max Weisel. Conceived as a suite of 10 song-specific apps, the apps feature a song mode and instrument mode, traditional score, and an animated graphic score by Stephen Malinowski. Each app links music composition and scientific concepts in a set of hands-on, immersive audiovisual experiences. The ambitious project is nothing short of revolutionary in its approach to presenting and engaging a public with a body of music, ideas concerning nature and living systems, and the study of musicology.
As the music industry tries to find its footing in the digital era and re-evaluates previous business models and means of distribution, the app format presents exciting new opportunities for music-making, sharing and discovery. We'll explore the Biophilia app in detail with two of its creators and discuss the new possibilities for music the app format affords.
7:00pm - Doors
7:30pm - Presentations
8:30-10:00pm - Drinks and mingling
Scott Snibbe is a media artist, filmmaker, and researcher in interactivity. Whether on mobile devices or in large public spaces, his interactive art spurs people to participate socially, emotionally, and physically. His works are strongly influenced by cinema: particularly animation, silent, and surrealist film; and often mix live and filmed performances with real-time interaction. Snibbe’s artwork is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) and The Museum of Modern Art (New York); and has been shown in several hundred solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including a solo retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. His large-scale interactive projects have been incorporated into concert tours, Olympics, science museums, airports, and other major public spaces and events, and he has collaborated on interactive projects with musicians and filmmakers including Björk and James Cameron.
Max Weisel is a software engineer and digital artist. He is one of the few developers to release an iOS app that predates the release of Apple's App Store. He's collaborated with Björk to produce Biophilia, the first full-length app album. In addition, his work has been featured in museums such as the MoMA.
This meetup is part of The Creators Project's role in co-presenting Björk's month-long Biophilia residency in New York City, in collaboration with the New York Hall of Science. Find out more about the performances here.