Björk has released her spectacular new video for “The Gate”. Premiered in an installation by Nowness for London Fashion Week over the weekend, the futuristic, CGI-heavy video comes directed by her frequent collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang, with creative direction by Björk, Alessandro Michele (who designed the dress the musician wears in the video), and James Merry (who designed her headpiece).
Where Björk’s last album Vulnicura used a metaphor of a ‘chest wound’ to explore the grief she felt following her divorce from ex-husband Matthew Barney, the video for “The Gate” sees that wound heal. “The wound was going through that whole album, especially in the video for ‘Family’,” Björk explained in a live Q&A on Friday. “To come through that with Andy in the visual world – we’d almost gone into short speech describing that he’d be the one directing this video, where it (the wound) heals.”
Speaking to Nowness today, Huang described the utopian concept behind the video. “‘The Gate’ picks up where 2015’s Vulnicura left off,” he said. “It is the first glimpse into Björk’s utopia. The doorway lies within the wound from Vulnicura, which now appears transformed into a prismatic portal channeled between the chests of two lovers. Not lovers in the quotidian romantic sense, but in a broader cosmological way. As a throughway into Björk’s new album, ‘The Gate’ is a declaration of hope sung by a woman refracted and re-formed into a luminous whole.”
“I am especially proud of this film as I feel it is a culmination of my five-year collaboration with Björk and James Merry,” he added. “It’s been such a nourishing three-way relationship and this film is the perfect synthesis of our brains and our hearts. Having Alessandro Michele’s design as the centerpiece in this film is a dream.”
my healed chestwound transformed into a gate where i receive love from where i give love from and i care for you i care for you split into many parts splattered light beams into prisms that will reunite if you care for me and then ill care for you didnt used to be so needy just more broken than normal proud self sufficiency my silhouette is oval it is a gate i can care for you from i care for you you care for me