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May 10, 2019 - Rolling Stone

Björk’s ‘Cornucopia’ Is a Psychedelic Cautionary Tale About the Environment

Björk’s ‘Cornucopia’ Is a Psychedelic Cautionary Tale About the Environment
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The Icelandic singer’s world premiere at New York City’s Shed brings a spectacle of cutting-edge sound and image ... as she wove together songs from her catalog into a female-centric fable of environmental crisis with a pitch for radicalized Earth-stewardship.

And it’s telling that the show’s takeaway, and final word, comes not from Björk, but from 16-year-old Swedish climate-change activist Greta Thunberg, speaking in an unprocessed video message against a backdrop of silence. She said in part:

“We are about to sacrifice our civilization for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making unimaginable amounts of money. The biosphere is being sacrificed so that rich people in countries like mine can live in luxury. But it’s the suffering of the many which pays for the luxuries of a few. ... Until you start focusing on what needs to be done rather than what is politically possible, there is no hope. We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis … And if the solutions within this system are so impossible to find, then maybe we should change the system itself. They have ignored us in the past and they will ignore us again. They have run out of excuses and we are running out of time. But I’m here to tell you that change is coming, whether they like it or not. The real power belongs to the people.”

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