The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York will feature its first app, Björk’s Biophilia. Released in 2011, the album was released as a suite of apps for tablet computers. Based on the announcement, it appears that Biophilia will be housed in the museum’s design department. (MoMA is distinguishing Biophilia as its first downloadable app, which for most of us may seem redundant, but may prompt one to think about programs on more physical media as precursors to the downloadable app.)
The album title refers to a connection bewteen humans and other biological systems, which is arguably carried through the music and videos connected to Biophilia. One of the things that appealed to the museum was how the various programs in the app could be used by listeners to create their own music. The museum singles out the Solstice app as an example of the collaboration between artist and listener.
There is an entire educational program using Biophilia to help kids learn about music and science. There’s also a documentary involving Björk and David Attenborough that aired in the U.K. in 2013. It has recently been released on DVD and Blu-Ray, and a film about the Biophilia tour premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.