Bjork Takes to Kickstarter to Fund Educational Apps for Android and Windows

By Cameron Scott 

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).”

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