Bjork’s Virtual Reality “Stonemilker” Comes to Your Desktop


If you weren’t able to make it to the virtual reality version of Bjork’s latest video release from the 2015 album Vulnicura, a desktop-friendly approximation has premiered via Dazed Digital. “Stonemilker” was originally released via VR headset in March, with opportunities to view the 360-degree experiment at Rough Trade’s London and Brooklyn locations and MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. The video was shot at Grótta, on the northwest point of Reykjavik where Bjork wrote the song, and filmed in two hours while director Andrew Thomas Huang and his crew hid behind boulders to stay out of the shot. Although the physicality of VR is of course absent in the video’s Internet premiere, the viewer can click and pull on the camera’s view, gaining some of the circular quality that Bjork wanted from the video in its original iteration—a form to match the shape of the song itself, as she saw it. Also, it’s kind of like being able to click around an iconic artist’s performance on Google Maps. Watch the video after the jump.

(Note: If you’re having difficulty viewing, it seems like the video is working best with Chrome, for the moment.)


Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →