News : 2015/05

The Nordic Pavilion Press Coverage

Published 2015/05/18

Below we have gathered a selection of press clippings concerning 'Rapture' in the Nordic Pavilion. Please contact OCA if you are interested in the full list.

Artnet lists Camille Norment as one of 12 amazing sound artists changing our perception of art. Published 4 August 2016.

Google Cultural Institute allows you to explore the Nordic (and other) pavilions at the 2015 Venice Biennale including a full virtual tour.

'Historisk fremover'. Interview with Camille Norment for Norwegian online music journal Ballade. Published 11 September.

National Pavilions / 56th Venice Biennale. Review of the Nordic Pavilion by Jennifer Piejko in Flashart online. Published 28 May.

Le Paradox places Camille Norment and the Nordic Pavilion alongside Joan Jonas in the US Pavilion as the absolute hightlights of the Venice Biennale. Published 21 May.

'Mellom utopi og dystopi'. Review of the Nordic Pavilion in Sydsvenskan (in Swedish). Published 19 May.

'Elitism, excellence and culture's tug of war'. By FT's Art Editor Jan Dalley. Published 16 May.

The South China Morning Post hightlights the Nordic Pavilion as one of top five pavilions at La Biennale di Venezia. Published 16 May.

The Nordic Pavilion on The Double Negative.

NY Times' Roberta Smith mentions the Nordic Pavilion in her review of the venice Biennale. Published 15 May.

Dazed lists Camille Norment as one of the top artists at this year's Venice Biennale.

Vernissage TV interviews Camille Norment and Katya García-Antón about the Nordic Pavilion. Published 15 May.

Wallpaper highlights Camille Norment's 'Rapture' in the Nordic Pavilion as one of the best 20 artistic offerings from the Venice Biennale 2015. Published 14 May.

Review of the Nordic Pavilion in Kunstkritikk (in Swedish). Published 14 May.

'Rapture' by Camille Norment at the Nordic Pavilion on Designboom. Published 14 May.

On Wednesday 13 May, NRK P2 Kulturhuset broadcasted a reportage by Erik Jacobsen from La Biennale di Venezia, Including an interview with Camille Norment and Joan Jonas. (In English and Norwegian)

'Ekstatisk glede og sårbar ettertanke'. Review of the Nordic Pavilion in Dagsavisen (in Norwegian). Published 13 May.

'Lavmælte lydkulisser'. Review of the Nordic Pavilion in Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Published 10 May.

Presentation of the Nordic Pavilion including interviews with the artist and curator on Biennale Arte 2015's YouTube channel. Published 10 May.

Video 'Behind the Biennale: Camille Norment’s Haunting Symphony Shatters the Nordic Pavilion’ created by Artsy. Published 9 May.

The Venice Questionnaire 2015 #35: Camille Norment. Published in Artreview 9 May.

'Multisensory show in Nordic pavilion is poetic with a powerful political message' - review of the Nordic Pavilion in The Art Newspaper. Published 8 May.

Karin Hindsbo reports from the opening days of the Venice Biennale for Aftenposten. Published 8 May.

Lisbeth Bonde reviews the Nordic Pavilion in Published 7 May.

Valerie Duponchelle writes about OCA's celebratory dinner, in the presence of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, for Le Figaro on 7 May.

According to Artsy the Nordic Pavilion is one of the greatest hits of the biennale. Published 7 May.

See a video of Camille Norment for the Nordic Pavilion as part of Christie's Biennale Blog published 8 May.

On Wednesday 15 April 2015 'Camille Norment og glassharmonikaen' was broadcasted as part of Kulturhuset on NRK P2 radio. You can listen to the reportage here. (In English and Norwegian)

Kristian Skylstad did a long interview with Camille Norment called 'Eye of the Wind' published on Kunstkritikk 4 May.

'Talking it over' - preview of the first cross-pavilion talk at La Biennale di Venezia. Published 1 May.

In her article 'New Venice Biennale Chief Beckons Artists on the Margins', Wall Street Journal's Mary Lane speaks about how Camille Norment in the Nordic Pavilion 'promotes Norway's diverse artistic population'. Published 30 April.

Body Language: The First Cross-Pavilion Artist Talk at La Biennale di Venezia

Published 2015/05/05

A discussion between the artists Joan Jonas (U.S. Pavilion), Camille Norment (Nordic Pavilion) and Pamela Rosenkranz (Swiss Pavilion)

Moderated by Tim Marlow, Director of Artistic Programmes, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Introductions by Jan Dalley, Arts Editor of
The Financial Times, and Katya García-Antón, curator of The Nordic Pavilion and Director of Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)

Media Sponsor: The Financial Times

8 May 2015
Talk: 2–3 pm
Reception: 3–4 pm

Location Teatro Piccolo Arsenale
(alongside entrance to Arsenale)

This conference is free of charge. No accreditation required. Space is limited. Click here to rsvp.

For media enquiries on the conference and on Camille Norment, Nordic Pavilion, contact: Sarah Greenberg, Evergreen Arts.

An official event of La Biennale di Venezia, the first ever cross-pavilion collaboration at La Biennale di Venezia takes place between the United States, Nordic and Swiss Pavilions in the Giardini and has developed through the collaboration of commissioners Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), the MIT List Visual Arts Center and Pro Helvetia, Switzerland. This novel collaboration has involved the three pavilion curators Katya García-Antón (Norway), Paul Ha / Ute Meta Bauer (USA), and Susanne Pfeffer (Switzerland), as well as the directors of the commissioning organisations: OCA, Norway (Director Katya García-Antón), the MIT List Visual Arts Center, USA (Director Paul Ha), and Pro Helvetia, Switzerland (Director of Visual Arts Marianne Burki and Director of Biennial Projects Sandi Paucic).

In this discussion - the first of its kind at La Biennale di Venezia – three different generations of artists will give a unique insight to their artistic practice and thought from the perspective of different periods, contexts and experiences. Their thoughts will bridge artistic synergies across pavilions within the Giardini, as well as cast their own light across wider issues explored in La Biennale de Venezia.

Many artists today continue to be drawn, as they have been for centuries, by the power of the body (male or female) to crystallise questions and debates around beauty, power, mythology, story telling, the gaze and the human condition.

The work of artists Joan Jonas, Camille Norment and Pamela Rosenkranz contributes some of the most provocative thinking around the body in art and society today. Together they will address some of the most vital artistic questions of our times – the changing place of our body in the world, and why artists continue to consider it as a recurring tool and motif.

Jonas, Camille Norment and Pamela Rosenkranz are all deeply concerned with the human body in their work, and they also articulate distinct artistic standpoints that bring the strength of their perspectives as women to the fore. Joan Jonas reflects upon the position of the body, and often her own body, in relation to landscape, story-telling and mythology; Camille Norment considers sound as a powerful mediator of the body and a constructor of cultural identities; and Pamela Rosenkranz works with the body in relation to the technological advances of our world, which are literally dissolving its presence within it.

The 56th Edition of La Biennale de Venezia is curated this year by Okwui Enwezor. His project 'All The World´s Futures' sets out to explore the relation of art with the state of affairs in the world today, and to explore this through what he has termed 'its shadow histories'. There can be no shadow without a body to cast it, and the voices of Jonas, Norment and Rosenkranz will no doubt contribute to the entanglement of histories and shadows, which bring such urgency to these questions.

A pioneer of video and performance art, and acclaimed multimedia artist, Jonas's work typically spans video, performance, installation, sound, text and drawing. Since 1968 her practice has explored various ways of seeing, the rhythms of ritual, and the authority of objects and gestures.

A new performance by Joan Jonas, They Come to Us without a Word II, will take place on July 20, 21, and 22 at the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale in Venice, with new music by Jonas's long-time sound collaborator, American jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran. Details are available at

CAMILLE NORMENT (b.1970 Silver Spring, Maryland, USA)
Oslo based, Norment´s work spans performance, installation, drawing and sound. In particular, Norment performs and composes on the legendary the glass armonica, an instrument invented by Benjamin Frankin that can sound enchanting or excruciating, depending on the pitch and vibration of the glass. She creates sonic spaces that integrate social, musical and psychological elements to broaden perspectives on how sound is intricately connected with the body, how it marks our experience and affects our collective consciousness. Raising questions around alienation and emancipation, Norment reflects upon the power of dissonance to carve out a space for new, affirmative thinking.

Camille Norment´s project "Rapture" performance schedule is as follows: May 6, 3 pm and May 7, 5 pm: Performance by the Camille Norment Trio; and May 8, 5 pm Performance by Camille Norment and David Toop. See for more information on future performances by Camille Norment throughout the run of La Biennale di Venezia.

PAMELA ROSENKRANZ (b.1979 Uri, Switzerland)
Rosenkranz's work reflects on technological change and the associated transformations in contemporary philosophy, science, global economy and consumer behavior. She investigates the understanding of what it means to be human today, and of what is natural during the Anthropocene (the chronological term given the geological epoch that is defined in terms of the impact of human activity). Rosenkranz goes even further and considers how the image of our identity is shaped by natural forces, thereby contrasting it with how it has been religiously, culturally, and commercially constructed.

The United States Pavilion is curated by Paul C. Ha and Ute Meta Bauer. Paul Ha is the Director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center and the Commissioner for the U.S. Pavilion. Ute Meta Bauer, is currently the Director of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, and previously the Founding Director of the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) at MIT.

The Nordic Pavilion (this year solely commissioned by Norway) is curated by Katya García-Antón, the Director of Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), with the collaboration of Antonio Cataldo, Senior Programmer OCA, Norway.

The Swiss Pavilion is curated by Susanne Pfeffer, Director of the Friedericianum Kassel, Germany.

Tim Marlow is Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy. He is an award-wining radio and television broadcaster who has presented over 100 documentaries on British television. He has lectured, chaired and participated in panel discussions on art and culture in more than forty countries.

Jan Dalley is the Arts Editor of the Financial Times.

Inaugural Programme at The Nordic Pavilion

Published 2015/05/03

Photo: OCA / Marta Buso


A project by Camille Norment

Commissioner: Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)
Curator: Katya García-Antón, Director, OCA, in collaboration with Antonio Cataldo, Senior Programmer, OCA

9 May–22 November 2015

Press and professional preview: 6–8 May 2015
Official inauguration of the pavilion: 6 May, 2.30 pm

The Nordic Pavilion
Giardini di Castello, Venice

Inaugural Programme

Wednesday, 6 May

2.30 pm
Official inauguration by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
Inaugural speech by OCA’s Director Katya García-Antón

3 pm
Performance by the Camille Norment Trio

3.15 pm
Press photos and questions, followed by drinks reception

Thursday, 7 May
5 pm
Performance by the Camille Norment Trio

Friday, 8 May
2 pm
Camille Norment in conversation with artists Joan Jonas and Pamela Rosenkranz, moderated by Tim Marlow. (Venue: Teatro Piccolo Arsenale)

5 pm
Performance by Camille Norment and David Toop

‘Rapture’ is Norway’s contribution to the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2015. Developed by artist Camille Norment, the project encompasses a site-specific sculptural and sonic intervention, which unfolds into a series of performances in the pavilion echoing elements in the installation, and a three-part publication exploring the broader contextual framework of her investigations.

About the installation in the Nordic Pavilion
Inside the Nordic Pavilion, ‘Rapture’ explores the visceral relationship between the human body and sound, through the visual, the sonic, and the architectural body of the pavilion, in a sensory experience that is both physical and mental. For the installation the American-born, Oslo-based artist Camille Norment works with the glass armonica – a legendary 18th-century instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin that creates ethereal music from glass and water - and a chorus of female voices. Weaving these elements together with the resonances of the pavilion itself, Norment develops a new composition based on the unresolved notes of the much censored “devils´s” tritone that correspond to the notes of the glass armonica and creates an immersive, multi-sensory space, which reflects upon the history of sound, contemporary concepts of consonance and dissonance, and the water, glass and light of Venice.

About the performance by the Camille Norment Trio
The Camille Norment Trio consist of the glass armonica, played by Norment; the Hardanger fiddle, played by Vegar Vårdal; and the electric guitar, played by Håvard Skaset. Each of these instruments was thought, at various points in history, to invoke a socially and sexually transgressive experience in the body, especially the female body, and subsequently banned. In these 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.

About the performance by Camille Norment and David Toop
Norment and David Toop present an abstracted ‘performance lecture’, encompassing text, the voice and sound, in relation to vibration, the body and hysteria. Hysteria, long deemed a female disease, extended to
‘an epidemic of male hysteria’ with the effects of shell shock during WWI and continues to be pertinent in post-war syndromes today as well as in other instances of socially and culturally induced forms of collective-hysteria. The performance also draws from American poet Sara Teasdale's poem ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’, written after WW1 and reflecting upon the resilience of nature to outlive the catastrophic exploits of humanity.

The performances are co-produced by OCA, nyMusikk and Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.

About the publications
Rapture includes a three-part publication that reflects upon the relationship between sound and the visual arts, across time, as well as it complicates the hegemony of vision in contemporary theory and art practice. In the first launching for the opening of the Biennale, authors David Toop, María del Pilar Blanco and Rob Stone contribute essays reflecting on how sounds shapes our environment, our bodies and our minds. This first publication also includes a discussion between curators Katya García-Antón and Antonio Cataldo with artist Camille Norment, unfolding her artistic perspective on how sound has the power to act as a mediator of cultural experience.

Click here for more information and to see a short documentary of Camille Norment and the Nordic Pavilion.

For international media enquiries and interview opportunities please contact: Sarah Greenberg,
on +44 (0)7866 543 242 or,

For media enquiries in Norway please contact OCA's Communications Manager, Tara Hassel
on +47 90 080554 or,

About Camille Norment
Camille Norment (b. 1970, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA lives and works in Oslo, Norway) works as an artist, musician and composer. Norment has exhibited and performed extensively, including at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), New York (2013); The Kitchen, New York (2013); Transformer Station (The Cleveland Museum of Art), Cleveland (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); The Thessaloniki Biennale, (2007); Kunsthalle Bern (2009); UKS, Oslo (2004); Bildmuseet, Umeå (2004); the Charlottenborg Fonden, Copenhagen (2003); Radioartemobile, La Biennale di Venezia (2003); The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2001); and The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York (2001). Among several public artwork commissions, a permanent outdoor sound installation was commissioned by the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK), Høvikodden (outside Oslo), Norway, in 2011.

About the Camille Norment Trio
Camille Norment Trio, constituted by Vegar Vårdal, Håvard Skaset, and Camille Norment, investigates the visceral qualities of resonance, noise, and overtone. 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 Art Center. 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 David Toop
David Toop is a composer, author, curator and Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at the London College of Communication. He has published extensively. His first book, Rap Attack, is now in its third edition. Since the publication Ocean of Sound in 1995 he had recorded five solo albums, including Screen Ceremonies, Pink Noir and Spirit World and published Exotica: fabricated Sound-scapes in a Real World.

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