Björk has fully embraced her inner music teacher. Back in February, we teamed up with the legendary Icelandic singer and the New York Hall of Science to present Björk’s Biophilia residency in NYC, which was accompanied by a three week educational program for middle schoolers focused around the revolutionary Biophilia app album. Now, Björk’s back and working with the New York Public Library and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) to expand the educational initiative and develop a new curriculum for the program, with support from The Creators Project.
Similar to the programs she developed in Manchester, Iceland, and at the New York Hall of Science, the educational curriculum will take advantage of the interactive features of the Biophilia apps to teach kids elements of science and musicology, helping them intuitively explore the relationship between music and natural phenomena. The programs at NYPL and its select branches will be aimed at middle school children and begin in July, with additional dates in September and October. CMOM will offer daily drop-in programming for school groups, summer camps, and families with children ages 3-11, beginning July 6th and running through December 30th.
At the press conference today, Björk was joined by interactive artist Scott Snibbe, who oversaw the app development and designed several of the apps included in Biophilia. Snibbe, who presented the singer with the award for “Artist of the Year” at last night’s Webby Awards, has been a close collaborator on developing the educational curriculum. With years of exhibit design and interaction design under his belt, Snibbe worked with Björk and her team on making the education program scalable and accessible—something that any teacher could use in the classroom with their students.
Check out our mini documentary on Snibbe’s interactive art projects and his collaboration with Björk below: