For our evening double feature, we’ll take science beyond film and into sound and music with Bjork’s spectacular concert film Biophilia Live, and a documentary taking us to the ideas and technology that made it all possible.
“Björk’s concert film is a remarkable document of a remarkable artist still impossible to pigeonhole.” — NME
Biophilia Live | 97 min | UK | 2014
Directed by Nick Fenton
Hi-tech and all-natural, Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland’s ‘coloured-in’ concert recording from the last night of Björk’s 2013. Biophilia tour is a psychedelic tour de force. This groundbreaking concert film captures the final night of Bjork’s multi-year Biophilia tour as performance, video, and live instrumentation — digital, traditional, or completely unclassifiable — combine in a audiovisual experience like no other. Before co-directing Biophilia Live, Nick Fenton edited live concert documentaries on the Arctic Monkeys and the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, as well as features including Richard Aoyade’s The Double and Submarine.
When Bjork Met Attenborough | 48 min | UK | 2013
Directed by Louise Hooper
Originally screened in the UK last summer on Channel 4, ‘When Björk Met Attenborough’ is a documentary which follows Björk and Attenborough as they investigate and discuss the connection which exists between music and nature. Narrated by Tilda Swinton and inspired by Börk’s technological project Biophilia, which Attenborough provided a spoken introduction for, the film is a unique encounter between two of the most iconic thinkers of our time.
“There are not many artists who can combine the lifecycle of a jellyfish with a breakbeat and make it work..but this is an extraordinary piece. It should be mandatory viewing for anyone about to dam a glacial river to facilitate aluminium smelting.”
“A dazzling audiovisual spectacle that benefits from the full cinematic treatment.”
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Opening Remarks by Louise Hopper – Director of When Bjork Met Attenborough
Imagine Science Film Festival is presented in partnership with NYUAD Institute.