When I'm forty-six, I expect that a day of excitement will involve a tiki party in Queens, followed by a Viagra, followed by a golden-anniversary marathon of Married With Children, which I'll watch as my spouse and I resign ourselves to the afore-popped Viagra's inefficacy. Luckily, there are people out there who are less willing to surrender themselves to the comforts of domesticity and Queens. This week's example is none other than Björk Gudmundsdottir.
Björk recently appeared on The Colbert Report, promoting her new album, Biophilia — the first "App" album in history — on which each song is not only a song, but also a video game and a musical/scientific/emotional/life lesson. The song she performed, "Cosmogony," is a lullaby about the various theories of the creation of the universe, like the Big Bang theory, or the less-popular Diva Fox Theory. ("Our universe / was an empty sea / until a silver fox / and her cunning mate began to sing / a song that became the world we know.")
The performance marks the beginning of Björk's unprecedented residency at the New York Hall of Science on February 6th, during which she will perform five shows at the science center, and, during weekdays, host musicology classes for middle schoolers using the bespoke instruments (including a "Sharpsichord," a "Gamelest," and a Tesla Coil) created for the Biophilia project.
The concerts promise to feature the same stoic-or-stoned twenty-four-piece Icelandic choir from the Colbert Report video, and, if New Yorkers are lucky, a similar exhumed-corpse-of-Lucille-Ball wig and another dress that can only be described as Björk's joining of fashion, science, and Dunkin' Donuts.