Experiences from Biophilia (creativity as a research method), have been tested in Iceland and are being discussed on a Nordic scale at different levels during the Icelandic presidency in 2014. The method is used to improve co-operation between science, culture and education. Participants at the conference are invited to engage in "teamwork without borders" in accordance with the Biophilia model: to familiarise themselves with fresh research, to try research-based development activities, and to integrate art, science, pedagogy and ICT/media into the process.

To be able to engage in and get the most out of the Biophilia Educational Project Workshops on June 10th it is strongly advised that participants download the Biophilia Apps Suite on their touch screen devices before arriving at the conference and bring them along. The world’s first "app album" is quite large in size (around 1GB) and takes some time to download as the suite includes ten different apps, one for each song. The App is priced at about 10 Euros.

The Biophilia App Suite is an extraordinary and innovative multimedia exploration of music, nature and technology produced by the Icelandic artist Björk. Comprising original music and interactive, educational artworks and musical artifacts, Biophilia is released as ten in-app experiences that are accessed as you fly through a three-dimensional galaxy that accompanies the album’s theme song Cosmogony. All of the album’s songs are available inside Biophilia as interactive experiences: Crystalline, Virus, Moon, Thunderbolt, Sacrifice, Mutual Core, Hollow, Solstice, and Dark Matter.

  • For iPads and iPhones go to the App Store on iTunes and search for "Björk: Biophilia".
  • For Android based phones and tablets go to Google Play and search for "Björk: Biophilia" (requires Android 4.0 and up). 

 

 

Curver Thoroddsen
is a well known Icelandic musician, visual artist and educator. Curver was the program director for Björk's Biophilia Educational Program during her three year world tour and ran workshops at the Biophilia City residencies. He has taught numerous sound art courses and workshops over the last decade in Iceland, most notably at the Iceland Academy of The Arts and the Lunga School. Curver holds a MFA-degree in fine arts from the Schools of Visual Arts in New York and is a recipient of the Svavar Guðnason and Ásta Eríksdóttir Memorial Award. Curver is a member of critically acclaimed experimental band Ghostigital.

 

Skúli Gestsson
is a music teacher in Langholtsskóli, an elementary school in Reykjavík, Iceland. Skúli has been teaching since he finished his teacher education from the University of Iceland and his main focus is set on new technology in music education.
For the past year he has been a curriculum advisor in the Biophilia Educational Program and a teacher instructor. Skúli is also a musician with Icelandic platinum-selling band, Dikta.

On June 10th, the first conference day,  at 15.15, the Biophilia education group presents the method. Following the presentation you are invited to participate in one of eight hands-on workshops with different themes. The workshops involve working with the themes on a digital platform. Each topic is based on an App - a small, downloadable program which participants are encouraged to download in advance. You will find guidelines as to how on the left side of the website. 

To be able to choose a workshop and fully benefit from participation it is strongly advised that participants download the Biophilia Apps Suite onto their touch screen devices before arriving at the conference and bring them to the workshop.

In each workshop there will be 25 participants. Below is a registration form for participation in the workshop. Once the limit has been reached, the registration for that particular workshop will be closed. We ask that participants register with their full names.


1. Thunderbolt (a)
Workshop about lightning and electrical charges. The musical part of it is about broken chords and arpeggios. ‘Thunderbolt’ is about connecting with nature’s most primal and powerful forces.

2. Thunderbolt (b)
Workshop about lightning and electrical charges. The musical part of it is about broken chords and arpeggios. ‘Thunderbolt’ is about connecting with nature’s most primal and powerful forces.

3. Solstice (a)
Workshop about the Earth's tilt and seasons and bass lines and balance in music (counterpoint). ‘Solstice’ celebrates light and the changing seasons produced by the tilt of the Earth in its orbit around the sun.

4. Solstice (b)
Workshop about the Earth's tilt and seasons and bass lines and balance in music (counterpoint). ‘Solstice’ celebrates light and the changing seasons produced by the tilt of the Earth in its orbit around the sun.

5. Moon
Sequencers, lunar phases and tides are the topics of this workshop. ’Moon’ contemplates emotional rebirth and explores the connections between the cycles of lunar phases, their effect on tides and human biological rhythms.

6. Dark Matter
Workshop dealing with dark matter, scientific processes and musical scales. The mystery and loneliness of the cosmos is expressed here through ideas ancient and modern: the breath as spirit that pervades the cosmos, and the invisible ‘dark matter’ which permeates the universe.

7. Hollow
Workshop about DNA, ancestry and rhythms. The emotional themes of ‘Hollow’ include connecting with your ancestors, myth and dancing with skeletons.

8. Mutual Core
Chords and plate tectonics are the topics of this workshop. The song is about freeing oneself from complacency, volcanic eruptions and friction caused by tectonic plates interacting with one another.    

Select one of the following workshop