Camille Norment: Plexus
March 3, 2022–January 7, 2023, Dia Chelsea
Throughout her career, Camille Norment has probed what she terms “cultural psychoacoustics,” defined as the investigation of sociocultural phenomena through sound and music—specifically instances of sonic and social dissonance. In particular, she explores three tones: the bell, feedback, and the sine wave. Expanding on these sonic phenomena for her site-specific commission at Dia Chelsea, Norment will create distinct sculptural installations for the two galleries, which she will unite through a sonic composition. Her installation at 545 West 22nd Street engages with the history of the site as part of the former shoreline turned landfill. The work touches on the impact of maritime industry on the area as well as the role of society as a human construct in relation to the migration of bodies across the globe. In the adjacent building of 541 West 22nd Street, Norment will engage the three tones in a responsive installation that will interact with bodies moving through the space. This work explores ideas of experienced time and historicity, spirituality, power, and political resistance.
Camille Norment: Plexus is curated by Kelly Kivland, chief curator and director of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, and former curator at Dia Art Foundation, with Randy Gibson, manager of exhibition technology, Heidie Giannotti, director of exhibition design, and Zuna Maza, curatorial assistant. Public programming for the exhibition is organized by Jordan Carter, curator at Dia.
Camille Norment: Plexus is made possible by significant support from Kelley and Christopher Bass. Generous support is provided by the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation, Dia’s Director’s Council, and the Horace Goldsmith Foundation. Additional support is provided by the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Cowles Charitable Trust , Agnes Gund, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), Kimberly and Tord Stallvik, Virginia Cowles Schroth, and Lise Stolt-Nielson.
Support provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies
Video by SandenWolff
Story editing by Rachel Wolff
Filmed by Jonathan Sanden and Nate Reininga
Edited by Stephen Parnigoni and Jonathan Sanden
Interview conducted by Kelly Kivland. Dia Project Staff: Jordan Carter, Katherine Ellis, Laura Fields, Randy Gibson, Hannah Gompertz, Kelly Kivland, Theodora Bocanegra Lang, David Anaya Maya, Zuna Maza, Deirde O’Dwyer, and Dan Wolfe
Special thanks to Camille Norment © 2022 Dia Art Foundation. All works by Camille Norment © 2022 Camille Norment/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.