Björk has turned to crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter to raise funds for a Biophillia app and educational project.
In her pledge video, the artist explains that the Biophilia music and related technology had previously been made available on iPhones and iPads “but the dream was always to make it available on all smartphones and touchscreen. It’s a dream we haven’t been able to fulfill yet”.
The Kickstarter pledge page motto is “Help us bring Björk's Biophilia app to Android and Windows 8 for the first time and support the Biophilia Educational Program!”
She said that she had been working on the education angle of the project for four years and that the related tour so far has amounted to one-month ‘residencies’ in four cities which included running educational projects in each, usually in association with science museums in the territories.
The ambitions are to extend this educational further. The pledge page states: “[The education programme] has met with success in many cities, sparking interest from kids and educators all over the world… the only way to bring the project to those people is to have biophilia reprogrammed for Android and Windows 8. The Biophilia educational project is strictly non-profit and volunteer-based, and that’s why we need your help.”
At the time of publishing, the campaign has 184 backers who have pledged £11,324. There is 28 days remaining to reach the £375,000 target.