Nina Eidsheim

“Presence within Presence:” Camille Norment’s Intermaterial Vibrational Practice
Oct 3, 2023 at - | Penn Music Building - Lerner 101, 201 S. 34th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Nina Sun Eidsheim

“Presence within Presence:” Camille Norment’s Intermaterial Vibrational Practice

October 3, 2023 (Tuesday) — 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm
Lerner Center
Penn Music Building
201 S. 34th Street, Room 101

This talk will consider artist, composer, and musician Camille Norment’s solo shows at Dia Chelsea (2022) and Bergen Kunsthall (2023). These shows, Plexus and Gyre, worked with physical forces, technology, space, audience presence and what Norment refers to as cultural psychoacoustics—the investigation of sociocultural phenomena through sound and music—to create immersive, multisensory works of art. Focused attention to these works shows the inadequacy of art-historical, music-theoretical, and musicological analytical frameworks. This talk takes Norment’s work as a cue to develop new analytical methodologies and potential readings of sound and music.


Nina Sun Eidsheim has writes about voice, race, and materiality, including the books Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice and The Race of Sound: Listening, Timbre, and Vocality in African American Music. She is Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a vocalist and the founder and director of the UCLA Practice- based Experimental Epistemology Research (PEER) Lab, an experimental research Lab dedicated to decolonializing data, methodology, and analysis, in and through multisensory creative practices


This event is free and open to the public. If you attend in person, there is no need to register. We ask that you join us in person if at all possible, but for those of you who are unable to physically attend we encourage you to participate via Zoom. Please return for a registration link to attend virtually.



This lecture is part of the 2023-24 Penn Music Colloquium Series. The Department of Music's main Colloquium Series showcases new research by leading scholars in music and sound studies and composers both in the United States and internationally.  All Music Colloquia will take place in Room 101 of the Lerner Center on Tuesdays at 5:15 PM.