Please join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of Camille Norment: Untitled (red flame). The artist will give a tour of the exhibition at 6:30pm.
At the Logan Center Gallery, Norment presents Untitled (red flame), a newly-commissioned, immersive sound-based installation, which brings together a collection of voices with aspects of sonic interference. The work grows out of series of workshops in which the artist engaged Chicago residents. Connecting the history of sonic innovation and political agency in the city, the sessions addressed the “performative voice,” vocal expressions that aim toward action. Taking these sessions as a starting point, Norment subjected the recordings to further abstractions and amplifications. The resulting soundscape fills the space of the Logan Center Gallery and evokes fire—both the gentle crackle of a small flame and the menacing roar of a wildfire—in recognition of the element’s destructive potential as well as its necessity for renewal. In the process, the project also brings to mind various historical references, including the Great Chicago Fire and the riots that swept the city in 1968. In weaving together two fundamental elements of human life—fire and speech—Norment explores the promise and force of the voice itself, using its sonic qualities as a way to engender solidarity, agency, and resistance.