News : 2014/10

2014/10/29

Camille Norment at la Biennale di Venezia in 2015

Camille Norment, Triplight, 2008, Light Sculpture. Photo: David Olivera. Courtesy of the artist

Norsk versjon

OCA ANNOUNCES

The official contribution of Norway to the 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia

Exhibition Dates: 9 May–22 November 2015
Press and Professional Preview: 6–8 May 2015


The Nordic Pavilion
Giardini, Venice
Italy

www.oca.no/venice-biennale

Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) is proud to announce that Norway´s contribution to the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2015, will be developed by the artist Camille Norment. The project, which will take place in the Nordic Pavilion, will be inspired by states of dissonance – sonic, cultural and individual. The artist will explore the socio-political encoding of sound historically and in the present from a critical perspective as well as reflect upon dissonance as a space for the creation of new and affirmative thinking. As Norment comments: 'Sound, like experience is fleeting, but it leaves traces in the mind and in the body. As such it is historical and a viable tool for anticipating what is to come.' The project is curated by OCA´s Director Katya García-Antón, with the collaboration of Antonio Cataldo, Senior Programmer at OCA. It is commissioned and organised by Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

Camille Norment´s practice includes sound, installation, light sculptures, drawing, performance and video and draws from the artist´s experience in music, dance and the arts. Her research often crosses disciplines and is currently exploring the interconnections between sound, myth, taboo and science within the framework of art and history. Norment creates couplings of conceptual and formal inquiries in response to selected socio-cultural phenomena. Her work is largely concerned with creating experience through the relationship between the object/space and the body of the viewer, and with the way the body is inscribed with meaning through its negotiation with its surroundings. It seeks to engage the viewer as a physical and psychological participant in the work, and as such, is interested in creating experiences that are both somatic and cognitive.

While also highly concerned with aesthetic experience, Norment´s practice simultaneously spans the thresholds of the social and the political. Raising questions around race and gender, the artist excavates aspects of our history that have either been forgotten or repressed, as well as looks towards new forms of suppression that may be germinating in the near future.

The official Norwegian contribution to the 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia is funded by OCA. Details about additional sponsorships and funding is forthcoming.

For more information, please contact OCA's Tara Ishizuka Hassel.


About Camille Norment and the Camille Norment Trio
Camille Norment
(b.1970, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA lives and works in Oslo, Norway) works as an artist, musician, composer, and writer. She performs as a solo artist, with other musicians in selected projects, and with her ensemble, the Camille Norment Trio consisting of electric guitar, Norwegian hardingfele, and the rare glass armonica. She has exhibited and performed extensively in cultural events and institutions, including MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), New York, NY, USA (2013); The Kitchen, New York (2013), Transformer Station (The Cleveland Museum of Art), Cleveland, OH, USA (2013), The Museum of Contemporary Art (The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design), Oslo (2012, the museum commissioned a new performance to accompany the exhibition tour in Norway including the cities Skien, Mandal, Eidsborg, Ås, Stamsund, Bodø, Hamar and Førde); The Thessaloniki Biennale, Thessaloniki, Greece (2007); Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland (2009); UKS, Oslo (2004); Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden (2004); the Charlottenborg Fonden, Copenhagen, Denmark (2003); Radioartemobile, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2003); The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2001); and The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY (2001). Amongst several permanent public artwork commissions, a permanent outdoor multi-channel sound installation was produced for the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK), Høvikodden, Norway, in 2011.

Camille Norment Trio, composed of Vegar Vårdal (Norwegian hardanger fiddle), Håvard Skaset (electric guitar), and Camille Norment (Glass armonica), is a unique trio of voices who investigates the visceral qualities of resonance, noise, and overtone, creating music that enacts and deconstructs cultural and historical positions relevant to each of the instruments. Their performances are an organic movement between the composed and the improvised, creating a dynamic soundscape that defies a fixed genre reference. The Camille Norment Trio’s performance credits include The Kitchen, New York, NY; USA; Cleveland Museum of Art; Ultima New Music Festival, Oslo; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; and the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK). Their first release, Toll, is available on Prisma Records. Reviews of their work have appeared in The Wire, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Aftenposten and KuNordische Musik.


About the Nordic Pavilion
In 1958 Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn won the competition to design the Nordic Pavilion for the Venice Biennial. The building was completed in 1962 and has since been a space for collaboration between three nations – Norway, Sweden and Finland. Built on a plot between the pavilions of the United States and Denmark, it is centrally situated on one of the main arteries of the Giardini. Fehn was later awarded the prestigious Prizker Prize for architecture in 1997. In 2015 Norway will be in sole charge of the pavilion for the first time in history.

About Office for Contemporary Art Norway
OCA is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001 with the aim of developing collaboration projects in the cultural field between Norway and the international arts scene. The foundation aims to become one of the main organs in the international contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as seminars, publications and exhibitions, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists for their activities in the international art arena. OCA has been responsible for Norway's contribution to the visual arts section of the Venice Biennale since 2001.

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2014/10/22

Upcoming deadline for International Support and International Residency Programmes: 1 November 2014

The Norway Focus Room at the New York Art Book Fair 2014. Photo: Ingrid Pop

OCA ANNOUNCES 


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCIES
Platform China Residency Programme, 
Beijing, China 

Wiels Residency Programme, Brussels, Belgium

Deadline: 1 November 2014

www.oca.no/grants

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT
OCA is currently accepting applications for the 2014 fourth quarter application review for International Support. Forms are due on 1 November 2014. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists, international artists residing in Norway and non-profit arts organisations. Priority is given to exhibitions taking place in key international art institutions and project spaces. Support is also extended to solo exhibitions and group exhibitions initiated by international curators as well as to Norwegian art professionals organising exhibitions and projects abroad. The funding for International Support is provided by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the allocation is decided upon by an independent jury of Norwegian and international art professionals designated by OCA.

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCIES 

OCA provides International Residencies for Norwegian artists, curators and critics in a number of international venues. The upcoming 1 November 2014 deadline applies to Platform China Residency Programme in Beijing, China, and Wiels Residency Programme in Brussels, Belgium.

Platform China Residency Programme
In collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing, China, OCA offers two studio residencies, for an artist or a curator at Platform China Beijing Residency Programme. The first one from 1 April until 31 May 2015 and the second from 1 September until 31 October 2015. Applicants must be Norwegian citizens, or live and work in Norway. Please notice that residency is not available for BA or MA students. The applications will be accessed by an International Jury appointed by OCA. Click here to read more about the Platform China Residency.

Wiels Residency Programme
In 2015 OCA offers a residency programme for an artist at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Belgium. The duration of the programme is nine months, from 1 April until 31 December 2015. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists and international artists residing in Norway. The programme is designed for artists who have already elaborated a specific and promising aesthetic language but seek artistic, theoretical and professional support in order to develop their practice. Please notice that the residency is not available for BA or MA students. Applications will be assessed by an International Jury appointed by OCA, together with a representative from WIELS Contemporary Art Centre. Click here to read more about the Wiels Residency Programme .

For more information, please contact Anne Charlotte Hauen.


Office for Contemporary Art Norway 


OCA is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001 with the aim of developing collaboration projects in the cultural field between Norway and the international arts scene. The foundation aims to become one of the main organs in the international contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars, publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists for their activities on the international art arena. Since 2001 OCA has been responsible for Norway's representation in the Visual Art sector of the Venice Biennale.

2014/10/16

Press Conference: Norway at the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

Norsk versjon

OCA INVITES YOU FOR

A Press Conference announcing the official contribution of Norway to the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12.00
Live audio streaming


Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, 0551 Oslo
www.oca.no l info@oca.no

OCA has the pleasure to invite you for a press conference announcing the official contribution of Norway to the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2015, on Thursday 30 October at 12:00. Norway's representation in Venice in 2015 is commissioned, organised and curated by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

OCA's Director Katya García-Antón, will present the conceptual framework and the developmental process leading up to the opening of the exhibition on 6 May 2015. This will be followed by an artist statement and a subsequent question and answer session with the audience. Translations in Norwegian will be available.

The bi-annual International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia will take place in the Giardini and the surrounding city. It is one of the most influental art events worldwide and the most prestigious biennale for contemporary art among the current 160 biennales in the world. During the last edition in 2013, 88 nations were represented with exhibitions and the Giardini counted approximately 500,000 visitors. In 2015 the International Art Exhibition is scheduled to be open to the public from 9 May to 22 November. In 2015 Norway will, for the first time in history, be solely in charge of the Nordic Pavilion within the Giardini in Venice.

Click here to read more about Norway's previous representations at the Venice Biennale organised by OCA.

A light meal will be served following the event. Please RSVP to rsvp@oca.no or reply to this e-mail if you wish to attend.

For more information, please contact OCA's Tara Ishizuka Hassel.

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
OCA is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in Autumn 2001 with the aim of developing collaboration projects in the cultural field between Norway and the international arts scene. The foundation aims to become one of the main organs in the international contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars, publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists for their activities on the international art arena. Since 2001 OCA has been responsible for Norway's representation in the Visual Art sector of the Venice Biennale.