Bjork’s Biophilia project is set to become part of the curriculum in some European schools for children between the ages of 8-15. The program is based on her new album which features a suite of apps that allow users to modify songs as they listen, incorporating elements of music, engineering, design, cinema, and philosophy.
The Biophilia Educational Programme, a collaboration between Bjork, Scandinavian education experts, scientists and several teachers, is an experimental non-academic project that merges music and science through an interactive touchscreen app, especially popular among students with ADHD and dyslexia. According to Priscilla Frank for The Huffington Post, this popularity is due to the ability of the program to bring children away from their desks and into their own imaginations.
According to the program’s website, the app, referred to as a “multimedia exploration of the universe”, was designed with the intention to:
“Inspire children to explore their own creativity, and to learn about music and science through new technologies.”
The program had a test run in Norway, Iceland, France, Brazil, and Los Angeles, California. The New York Public Library and The Children’s Museum of Manhattan also featured months-long workshops.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City recently acquired the app, making it the first downloadable app to be inducted into its permanent collection, writes Miriam Coleman for Rolling Stone.
“I started thinking about acquiring Biophilia when it was released, in 2011,” Paola Antonelli, senior curator of the department of architecture and design, said in a written statement. “At that time, a year after the iPad had been introduced, designers and developers were excitedly experimenting with apps that took advantage of a screen bigger than the iPhone. With Biophilia, however, Björk truly innovated the way people experience music by letting them participate in performing and making the music and visuals, rather than just listening passively.”