nyMusikk in collaboration with OCA at the Venezia Biennale
Norway is the sole commissioner of the Nordic Pavillon in the Giardini for the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, for the first time in its history. For this unprecedented occasion, the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) has selected artist Camille Norment. nyMusikk is excited to be a part of the collaboration.
Rapture is a multi-sensory space structured in three parts: a site-specific sculptural and sonic installation; a set of performances by musicians and vocalists unfolding during the opening days and at specific times during the Biennale; and a series of three publications. Included, amongst other elements in the project, is a special composition by a chorus of 12 voices, and a new performance by the artist’s ensemble including the rare glass armonica. This 18th-century instrument creates music from the seductive touch of fingers on glass and water that has mesmerized the listener, as well as been feared and even banned.
American-born and Oslo based, Camille Norment’s practice spans performance, installation, drawing and sound. Her work explores how the body is connected through sound with our environment, and reflects upon the power of dissonance to carve out a space for new, affirmative thinking. She performs solo, with other musicians in selected projects, and with her ensemble, the Camille Norment Trio, consisting of Vegar Vårdal (Norwegian hardanger fiddle), Håvard Skaset (electric guitar), and Camille Norment (glass harmonica).