Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 6:30 pm
537 West 22nd Street
New York, New York
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On the occasion of her exhibition Plexus at Dia Chelsea, New York, artist Camille Norment will be joined in conversation by physicist and musician Stephon Alexander and by musicologist and vocalist Nina Sun Eidsheim. They will address the artist’s work in the context of vibration and the metaphysics of sound.
Stephon Alexander is a physicist and musician who works between theoretical physics and jazz music. A specialist in the field of string cosmology, Alexander is professor of physics at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. In 2001 he co-invented the model of inflation based on higher-dimensional hypersurfaces in string theory called D-branes. Alexander is the author of The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe (2016) and Fear of a Black Universe: An Outsider’s Guide to the Future of Physics (2021).
Nina Sun Eidsheim is professor of musicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and founder and director of the UCLA Practice-based Experimental Epistemology (PEER) Lab. She is the author of Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice (2015) and The Race of Sound: Listening, Timbre, and Vocality in African American Music (2019), and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies (2019) and the Refiguring American Music book series for Duke University Press. She received a BA from Agder Music Conservatory, Kristiansand, Norway; an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Santa Clarita; and a PhD in musicology from the University of California, San Diego. Currently she is working on a book collaboration with Wadada Leo Smith and a multimodel project that maps networks of metaphors structuring musical discourse and practice.
Camille Norment was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, in 1970. She received a BA in comparative literature and art history from the University of Michigan in 1992, and an MFA and an MA in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University in 1994 and 1998. She attended the Whitney Independent Study Program from 1994–95. Informed by the sonic, Norment’s practice spans drawing, installation, performance, sculpture, sound, and video. Her work has recently been the subject of solo exhibitions at Oslo Kunstforening, Norway; the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago; and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin. Several public works by Norment are permanently installed in Norway and Italy. She has recently performed at institutions including the Munch Museum, Oslo (2021); the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago (with Hamid Drake, 2019); and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (with Craig Taborn, 2019). Her albums include Toll (2011) and the soundtrack and special edition LP for the film The Haunted (2017/20). Norment represented Norway in the 2015 Venice Biennale and has since participated in the biennials of Kochi-Muziris, India (2016); Montreal, Canada (2016); Lyon, France (2017); and Thailand (2018). She is prorector of research at the Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo (Oslo National Academy of the Arts). She lives in Oslo.
Camille Norment: Plexus