Sound, by its nature, permeates borders – even invisible ones.
Rapture is a monumental ode to dissonance. For the Nordic Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, American-born, Oslo-based Camille Norment investigated the relationship between the human body and the sound, focusing on the bewitching and often subconscious effects that music has on our mind. Norment released a multi-sensory space that involves the visitors into a critical reflection upon dissonance as a creative dimension through visual, sonic, sculptural and architectural elements. The artist encoded within the site-specific installation the history of sound, its militaristic use to abuse the body, and its role in the affirmation of individualistic freedom through the utterance of free speech. Featuring a chorus of voices that correspond to the notes of the glass armonica, Rapture traps the audience’s mind into a game of echoes that excerpts a controlling force on the general perception of the surrounding space. Fell into a hypnotic trance, the viewer’s pass through different states of harmony and dissonance that eventually lead them to a new self-discovery through a unique experience, which is both somatic and cognitive.