Camille Norment (b. 1970, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA lives and works in Oslo, Norway) works as an artist, musician and composer. Norment’s practice includes performance, installation, drawing, writing and sound, and draws from the artist’s training in music, dance, the visual arts and literature. Norment is concerned with investigating the relationships between sound, music and the visual arts and questioning the meanings of harmony and dissonance. Her art explores the socio-political encoding of sound historically and in the present, reflecting upon the power of dissonance to carve out a space for dissent and creative thinking.
In addition to her work as an artist, Norment performs as a soloist and with other musicians in selected projects. At The Lab she will play with an ensemble consisting of John McCowen (clarinet), Håvard Skaset (electric guitar), and Camille Norment (glass armonica).
Norment represented Norway with a solo project for the Nordic pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2015). Among several permanent public artworks, Norment was commissioned a permanent sound installation for the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway (2011). She has also exhibited extensively at international fine arts exhibitions such as the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India (2016); Broadcast in Miami Beach SoundScape at Art Basel, Miami, FL (2015), and has held performances at the Museet for samtidskunst, Oslo (2012); LISTE – Art Fair Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2009); Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland (2009); 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece (2007); Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden (2004); Unge Kunstneres Samfund, Oslo (2004); Charlottenborg fonden, Copenhagen (2003); 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2003); Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA), Los Angeles (2001); and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2001). norment.net
Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn-based cellist and composer working in the realm of improvisation, noise music, and sound art. The New York Times has described her work as “steadily scathing music, favoring long and corrosive atonalities”.
Bordreuil’s cello playing focuses on the inherent sonic qualities of her instrument, paying careful attention to timbre and texture. She challenges conventional cello practice through extreme extended techniques and imaginative amplification methods, compelling us to question what is valued in instrumental performance and why. Her composed works frequently incorporate sound-spatialization by way of site-specific pieces and multi-channel installations.
At The Lab, Leila Bordreuil will be performing a solo amplified cello set, using a multichannel set-up of different types of speakers and guitar amplifiers. An assemblage of microphones placed on various parts of the cello will create unique sound distortion possibilities that transform the cello into a polyphonic instrument, enhancing the instrument’s diversity of timbres.
Leila Bordreuil has collaborated with many artists such as Marina Rosenfeld, Eli Keszler, Nate Wooley, Bill Nace, Chris Corsano, SENYAWA, Tamio Shiraishi, Weasel Walter, Michael Foster, and Lea Bertucci to name a few. Her work has been showcased at The Whitney Museum, MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, The Stone, Issue Project Room, Café Oto (London), All Ears Festival (Oslo), Ausland (Berlin), Ftarri (Tokyo), and many basements across the US. leilabordreuil.com
Photos by Robert Divers Herrick