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La Biennale di Venezia 2015

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 04. May, 2015

Camille Norment

Norway with strong presence at this year’s La Biennale di Venezia: artist Camille Norment to present new multi-sensory sonic work at the Nordic pavilion.

The 56th La Biennale di Venezia opens this week, the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Ny Musikk and Music Norway team up to co-produce and support the country’s 2015 contribution to the Biennale.

US-born artist Camille Norment – based in Oslo for over a decade – has been selected to represent Norway for the 2015 Biennale. Norment focuses on a variety of media including sound, performance, sculpture and drawing, and at the Nordic Pavilion in Venice she is set to unveil ‘Rapture’, a multisensory sonic and sculptural installation on May 9th.

‘Rapture’ immerses the viewer in a space between harmony and dissonance. It includes original compositions and performances by Camille Norment on the glass harmonica, an 18th century instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin, which was first lauded and then banned for its ability to transport listeners into states of ecstasy with its haunting tones from vibrating glass cylinders.

Norment will also perform new compositions together with Hardanger fiddle player Vegar Vårdal and electric guitarist Håvard Skaset, under the name The Camille Norment Trio. Through the trio performances Norment will perform new compositions with her trio whose instrumentation parallels the artist’s investigations into the relationship between vibration and the body as perceived during the Enlightenment period, and today through social and scientific discussions.

The performances are co-produced by the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Ny Musikk and supported by Music Norway.