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Björk MOMA Exhibition


Gainsbury and Whiting

The exhibition draws from more than 20 years of the controversial artist’s projects and her eight full-length albums to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, and costumes.

Asylum was chosen to provide a series of Björk mannequin heads and bodies, specifically modified for the various costumes and dresses that were to be displayed.

The process began with a digital scan of the singer to provide us with base data that could be manipulated to suit the clients needs. These were then CNC’d in clay and tweaked, before the moulding and casting process. The heads would then be blended onto existing mannequin bodies.

There were three special mannequins that involved different techniques.

Debut Miniature Björk – A third scale doll was digitally modelled and printed for displaying a miniature jumper and skirt replica.

Vespertine Clear Björk – The whole body scan we captured had to be tweaked in order to get the perfect pose. A thin, clear shell was then produced using the data, to adorn the clothes and music box resting on her lap.

Swan Björk – In our scanning session with the artist, she recreated a similar expression to the famous photos of her at the 2001 Academy Awards in Los Angeles. However, with this being 15 years ago, we still had to manipulate the face to gain a more accurate likeness. The CNC’d clay face was refined by a sculptor and cross referenced with images from the night of the awards, before moulding and casting in silicon.