Published by Dia Art Foundation. Preface by Jessica Morgan. Text by Nida Ghouse, Camille Norment, Legacy Russell, David Toop, Fred Moten. Interview by Kelly Kivland.
Throughout her career, Oslo-based multimedia artist Camille Norment (born 1970) has probed and explored what she has termed “cultural psychoacoustics,” in particular the socio-cultural valences of three tones: the bell, feedback and the sine wave. Camille Norment: Plexus, the first US publication on the artist, unpacks those sonic phenomena, which together resonate with discrete yet overlapping ideas of time, spirituality and the drone (bell); the decentralization of power, political struggles and cybernetics (feedback); and purity and transcendence (sine wave). With an innovative all-vellum design, the book translates Norment’s sonic sensibility into print-specific terms. In addition to a conversation between curator Kelly Kivland and the artist herself, the volume features contributions from curators and scholars Legacy Russell, Nida Ghouse and David Toop, as well as fragmented texts from a conversation between Fred Moten and Norment.