Björk today told a story on Facebook about a time when she was sexually harassed when she was working with an unnamed filmmaker. “i am inspired by the women everywhere who are speaking up online to tell about my experience with a danish director,” she wrote. “it was extremely clear to me whe n i walked into the actresses profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it. … when i turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where i was framed as the difficult one.”
She goes on saying that after she confronted the director about his behavior, “he had a more fair and meaningful relationship with his actresses after my confrontation so there is hope.” She continued, “let’s hope this statement supports the actresses and actors all over. let’s stop this. there is a wave of change in the world.” Read her full statement below.
A release month Björk’s new album has finally been revealed via the New York Times. Her self-described “Tinder record” is set to come out in November via One Little Indian. The upcoming album will feature past collaborator Arca co-producing. The first single from the album, “The Gate,” will arrive September 18th. In a statement, Björk wrote, “vulnicura was about a very personal loss, and i think this new album is about a love that’s even greater. it’s about rediscovering love – but in a spiritual way, for lack of a better word.”
Björk has announced a new career-spanning songbook. It is called 34 Scores for Piano, Organ, Harpsichord and Celeste, and it will come out June 5th via Wise Publications. She collaborated in making the book with pianist Jonas Sen, design house M/M Paris, and engraver Werner Wolff. 34 Scores will include arrangements of songs from Debut, Post, Homogenic, Selmasongs, Vespertine, Medúlla, Drawing Restraint 9, Volta, and Vulnicura. Find all the included songs here.
34 Scores is available exclusively at the Björk Digital exhibition in Los Angeles, May 19th-June 4th, ahead of its official release. She will perform pieces from the songbook with 32 string players at her upcoming L.A. concert on May 30th.
Björk’s latest album, Vulnicura, is not on Spotify at the moment. In a recent alvum with Fast Company, she explained that “streaming thing just does not feel right. I don’t know why, but it just seems insane.”
She went on to detail:
To work on something for two or three years and then just, Oh, here it is for free. It’s not about the money; it’s about respect, you know? Respect for the craft and the amount of work you put into it. But maybe Netflix is a good model. You go first to the cinema and after a while it will come on Netflix. Maybe that’s the way to go with streaming. It’s first physical and then maybe you can stream it later.
Her upcoming video for “Stonemilker” on Vulnicura will be made available on the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset. Björk was asked later in the interview if she would consider releasing an album on the Oculus Rift as she released Biophilia as an app.
She responded with: “You can do apps cheaply,” she said. “Apps was kind of punk, actually. It was like starting a punk band again. Filming for Oculus Rift is not.”
The Haxan Clock has contributed the sound design to the “Black Lake” which is a part of her upcoming Museum of Modern Art showing which opens on March 7.
Read the interview here and watch the trailer for “Black Lake” below.
Björk officially announced earlier this week the release of her new album, Vulnicura as well as tour dates in March. As well as her already announced addition to the New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, she will also perform a few shows at Carnegie Hall and City Center, beginning on March 7th. On Facebook, Björk said she will perform at the venue March 7th and 14th and then again later on March 25th, 28th, and April 1st and 4th. Pre-sales for fans begin January 19th and the general public will begin purchasing the 24th. The album’s co-producer, Arca, will be the opening all the matinee shows on tktktk. Björk is also set to play Governor’s Ball June 5-7, the final weekend of her show at MoMA.
Björk tour dates:
March 7 – New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall
March 14 – New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall
March 25 – New York, NY @ City Center
March 28 – New York, NY @ City Center
April 1 – New York, NY @ City Center
April 4 – New York, NY @ City Center
June 5-7 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball