Björk opens virtual reality performance series with Stratasys 3D printed mask
designed by Neri Oxman & the Mediated Matter Group
Stratasys Ltd., the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, today unveiled a 3D printed mask in collaboration with designer Neri Oxman and members of her team at The Mediated Matter Group. Designed and customised for Icelandic singer-songwriter, Björk, as part of a collaboration with Stratasys, the mask was unveiled on-stage in a performance at the Tokyo Miraikan Museum this week, in front of a specially invited audience. Inspired by Björk’s most recent album, ‘Vulnicura’, Oxman and her team used 3D scans of Björk’s face to create digital interpretations of her bone and tissue structure, with the customised design brought to life with Stratasys’ full-color, multi-material 3D printing technology.
Björk wore the 3D printed mask during the opening performance of the Tokyo leg of her ‘BJÖRK DIGITAL’ event series, a new virtual reality project from the musician running from June 29 to July 18, 2016. The pioneering event marks a world first, as the first-ever event to be broadcast live via 360-degree virtual reality streaming. With a clear focus on technological innovation, Björk performed the single ‘Quicksand’ from her latest album to a backdrop of high-resolution images of the earth, along with an impressive sequence of light projections mapped onto the 3D printed mask. “I am so incredibly blown away by Neri Oxman's work and excited to finally work with her,” says Björk. “She is a true pioneer in capturing the biological with 3D printing in such a refined and profound way. It’s been a real joy to get to know her!”