Björk's Latest: An Explosive, Geology-Inspired Music Video

By Abdullah Saeed

Director Andrew Huang brings his hyper colorful visual style to a collaboration with the Icelandic singer.

In our behind-the-scenes profile on Andrew Huang (above), he describes how he drew inspiration from directors like Chris Cunningham, and seeing Huang’s early work like his first viral hit Doll Face, you can see the themes of dark science fiction and abstract transhumanism that he drew from influences like Cunningham. But, as seen in his more recent Solipsist, Huang incorporates a good amount of his own vision, capturing images of more organic human deconstruction and colorful, almost tribal visual themes. It’s this aesthetic that he elevates to new levels in his latest work.

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It’s no wonder Björk enlisted Huang to direct the video for “Mutual Core,” a song from her organically-inspired albumBiophilia. Back when she first began experimenting with electronic producer Mark Bell on Homogenic, Cunningham’s style complemented her music perfectly for videos like “All is Full of Love.” Now, a decade and a half later, her music explores biology, a discipline naturally interpreted by Huang’s visual sense. In “Mutual Core” we find Björk buried waist deep in a sandpit, with colorful geological organisms rising out of the sand and interacting with each other, only to join and become active volcanoes exploding with lava. It represents a new level of quality and ingenuity from Huang, who seems to be building on his now established visual style.

Below is the highly-anticipated video for “Mutual Core,” premiered today by MOCA.

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