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Upcoming performance within `Rapture’ at OCA as part of Ultima

Published 2015/09/08

The Camille Norment Trio playing at the opening of the Nordic Pavilion on 6 May 2015. Photo: OCA / Marta Buso


A new performance as part of Camille Norment's project ‘Rapture’, co-produced with and presented within Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Including the Camille Norment Trio, David Toop, Sofia Jernberg and the vocal ensemble Oslo 14

Sunday, 13 September 2015 / 18:00–19:10
With an introduction by Director of OCA Katya García-Antón, and a welcoming speech by the Director of Ultima Lars Petter Hagen / 17.00-17:30

See below for ticket information.

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, 0551 Oslo I

OCA is pleased to announce a new performance by Camille Norment in collaboration with the Camille Norment Trio, David Toop, Sofia Jernberg and the vocal ensemble Oslo 14. The performance is developed in relation to Norment's project 'Rapture' at the Nordic Pavillon – Norway’s contribution to the 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia – and as part of a collaboration with Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival’s programme.

During the course of la Biennale di Venezia, Norment is performing new compositions on the glass armonica, and invites artists and musicians to participate in a series of performances that echo elements in her installation.

The performance in Oslo brings together an organic union of the voices represented in Venice, and will unfold as a sequence of discreet movements. They include Norment’s new compositions with her trio (consisting of the artist playing the glass armonic, Vegar Vårdal playing the Hardanger fiddle and Håvard Skaset playing the electric guitar); a sonic dialogue between the glass armonica, Jernberg's versatile vocalisation and the chorus of the vocal ensemble Oslo 14 (Norment used their voices in the composition for the soundscape of the Nordic Pavilion); as well as segments of Norment and David Toop's abstracted 'performance lecture' (which was presented in Venice, and encompassed text, the voice and sound, in relation to vibration, the body and hysteria).

'Rapture' was commissioned by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and curated by its Director Katya García-Antón, in collaboration with OCA's Senior Programmer Antonio Cataldo. The performances are co-produced by OCA, nyMusikk and Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.

Click here for more information and to see video clips from ‘Rapture’ in the Nordic Pavilion.

For media enquiries related to Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, please contact Head of Information Cathrine Nysæther

For media enquiries related to the Norwegian participation in the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, please contact OCA's Communications Manager Tara Hassel

Tickets are purchased through Billettservice. A limited number of tickets are reserved to OCA, which is making them available on a first come, first served basis. To request a complimentary ticket (individual request only) send an e-mail to Tara Hassel.
Please notice that there is only a limited number of seats available. The rest of the audience will be asked to stand.

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
The Camille Norment Trio’s instrumentation parallels Norment investigations into the relationship between vibration and the body as perceived during the Enlightenment period, and today through social and scientific discussions. The Camille Norment Trio consists 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. The Camille Norment Trio’s performance credits include The Kitchen, New York; Cleveland Museum of Art; Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Oslo; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK), Høvikodden. 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 Sofia Jernberg
Sofia Jernberg is a soprano, voice-artist, improviser and composer. Born in Ethiopia, she grew up in Sweden, Ethiopia and Vietnam, and is currently based between Oslo, Norway, and Stockholm, Sweden. She studied jazz at Fridhems Folkhögskola, Svalöv, Sweden and trained at Gotlands Tonsättarskola, Visby, Sweden, a school exclusively devoted to music composition. Jernberg was the 2008 Royal Swedish Academy of Music Jazz Award recipient and she co-leads and composes for modern jazz octet Paavo and contemporary Lieder quartet The New Songs. Throughout the years she developed a unique vocabulary of sounds and techniques which include split tone singing, pitchless singing and distorted singing which allow her to appear in a broad constellation of music performances across time and genres.

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 Oslo 14
Founded in November 2014, the vocal ensemble Oslo 14 consists of 19 improvising singers under the artistic direction of Elin Rosseland. Performers at the concert on 13 September are Karoline Ruderaas Albrigtsen, Ingrid Vik Henriksen, Hanne Kalleberg, Therese Lech, Hanna Nydal, Lisbeth-Anita Grimsø Olsen, Astrid Elisabeth Pedersen, Ingrid Støylen Runde, Seshen, Live Sollid Schulerud, Thea Emilie Haaland Wang and Sigrid Aase.

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.