Björk wants to make her Biophilia app, which provides educational multimedia experiences about science and sound, available on platforms in addition to iOS, and she has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the work.
The Biophilia app also forms part of a larger the Biophilia Educational Program for schoolchildren, which is run as a non-profit. The app “create[s] an extraordinary multimedia exploration of the universe and its physical forces, processes and structures — of which music is a part,” according to the app store. It also sells Björk’s music as in-app purchases.
In her Kickstarter pitch, Björk says she wants to expand the program to reach more low-income kids by taking the app to more financially accessible mobile platforms than Apple’s.
“The most interest has come from students from low-income households and schools with underfunded art budgets, and the only way to bring the project to those people is to have Biophilia reprogrammed for Android and Windows [Phone] 8,” Björk wrote on Kickstarter.
The project, hosted in the U.K., hopes to raise just under $600,000 to port the media-rich app to the other operating systems.
Contributors to the project will get unique Kickstarter Björk swag and credits within the app. Those who contribute £650 will receive tickets to one of the educational program’s residency shows and “an invitation to post-show drinks with musicians (Björk appearance not guaranteed).”