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W.W.B.D.? (What Would Bjork Do?)

August 30, 2011

 

I’m a tree that grows hearts,

one for each that you break.  

You’re the intruder’s hand,

I’m the branch that you break.

“Bachelorette”

Saying you like Bjork is pretty much like saying you like pizza.  We ALL like pizza…how could you NOT like pizza? Therefore it is sooo not original for me to be writing this blog post about this brilliant Icelandic musician/artist but nevertheless, she is so damned inspiring it would be ignorant for me to not take some time out to praise her talents.

You know how brilliance and madness are often separated by a fine line?  Bjork is the perfect example of this.  I mean…check out this video of her below talking about her television set.  Amazing!!!

It’s a shame that more people talk about Bjork’s infamous “swan dress” at the 2001 Oscars than about her performance in Dancer in the Dark, the movie she was representing at that awards show.  If you haven’t seen this bleak, quasi-musical by Lars Von Trier, check out the trailer below and run–don’t walk–to your nearest video store.

And can we talk about her music videos?  Bjork has worked with some truly gifted directors like Chris Cunningham (“All is Full of Love”) and Stephane Sednaoui (“Possibly Maybe”) but arguably her greatest collaborations have been with Michel Gondry.  Many of her early videos from the 1990s were by the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director and with her latest single, “Crystalline,” she has returned to form and partnered up with Gondry again.  I personally believe his DIY aesthetic most compliments her fantastical and childlike imagination.  Below are the the Cunningham and Sednaoui-directed videos, as well as four (including “Crystalline”!!) by Gondry.  Now tell me you’re not inspired.

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  1. August 30, 2011 2:06 pm

    Let us not forget that aside from her own artistic accomplishments, she is married to and collaborates with Matthew Barney!

    Also, she always picks the best people to work with: Matmos, Funkstoerung, Nellee Hooper, Graham Massey, and Mark Bell (to name just a few!).

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