If Björk sings in the forest and no one’s there to Instagram it, well, everything’s going great.
The legendary musician outlined a pretty simple tweak she’d like see in human behavior to Pitchfork and suggested occasionally taking a breather to check out some trees and “do shit” instead of scrolling through Facebook.
“Maybe there are a lot of kids now who don’t know how to walk in a forest and do basic outdoorsy things. You can be on Facebook for a long time, and then you get a feeling in your body like you’ve had three hamburgers. You know it’s trash,” she says. “I always advise my friends: just go for a walk for an hour and come back and see how you feel then. I think we’re meant to be outdoors.”
Alternatively, maybe try taking apart your phone and see what it looks like inside. A tiny city, perhaps?
If it sounds like she’s against technology, that’s definitely not the case. She just thinks it should enhance your creative output, not inhibit it.
Bjork is at the forefront of the movement to incorporate VR into music to create an immersive experience. “I like that it doesn’t seem to be going in an elitist way,” she explains. “I think it’s going to end up being as available as an iPhone.”
Bjork Digital, her traveling VR music exhibition, is currently headed to Los Angeles.
But, like anyone who has seen their online life flash before their eyes, she’s hesitant to completely embrace social media, saying, “I definitely do get anxious about it, but because I’m anxious about it, I try to come up with solutions. It’s here: I’m not going to just put bananas in my ears and wait for it to go away.”
The deterioration of the environment is one of her most pressing concerns, especially following Trump’s election, and she calls upon giants in the tech industry to step up and make the changes necessary to hold onto our planet.
“I’m watching people online reorganizing themselves, and you have to swallow the brutal pill that the government is not going to save the planet. We have to do it,” she says. “I’d like to dare people like Bill Gates, to give them like two years to clean the oceans. They have the money and the tech know-how to do it—somebody just needs to organize it.”
Please do not disappoint Björk, Mr. Gates. Take a nice walk and then save mankind.