Bjork has scrapped her Biophilia Educational Program’s Kickstarter pledge well before its initial February 28th closing date. The plan was, as we reported last week, to bring the 10 Apple-exclusive apps developed for her 2011 multimedia project of the same name to other operating systems and a wider audience – specifically students in less developed parts of the world.
The project was struggling to reach the £375,000 target, raising £15,370 in its first 10 days of funding, and it was cancelled yesterday despite attempts to offer more rewards to top contributors. A personal note from Bjork before the cancellation also stressed the technical complexity and educational benefits of the plan, supposedly as a justification of the high funding target.
A final update from the Biophilia team offers thanks and cites the “gigantic” cost of the project that made it increasingly unmanageable. It also states that this is a pause rather than an end to the overall project:
“Things seem to be changing fast; perhaps in a year, even months, there will be a far cheaper way to reprogram this […] We are still looking at ways of making this happen so send your email address to email@example.com and we‘ll keep you posted when there‘s any new developments.”