Aileen Campbell: Performance and Perambulation; Domestic Chorus, at Tromsø Kunstforening/Tromsø Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunday 15th December 2013, 14:00.
Glasgow-based visual artist Aileen Campbell has spent the last three months in Tromsø participating in HIGH-NORTH artist-in-residence programme. Performance and Perambulation; Domestic Chorus is a presentation that attempts to show work in progress that has developed throughout this period.
Campbell’s work as a visual artist often employs her voice as a process and a structure to probe her surroundings; she uses her voice as a tool to explore and describe space, mood, environment and sentiment. In Tromsø the added unfamiliarity of this cultural climate has allowed her to consider the extended use of objects and voice.
Exploring the potential for new work requires an engagement with the context and form of the environment, and Tromsø provides a particularly arduous terrain. It is sometimes when one’s parameters change that other possibilities emerge.
As the temperature plummets and daylight disappears, the private and domestic performance space becomes a constant companion and we become acutely tuned to this enclosed space. With the hums and whirrs of our living space providing an accompaniment to any recording activity, it is here that a new performance piece begins. Domestic Chorus provides a series of drones and tones to perform to and it is this work that will be presented at Tromsø Kunstforening, 15th December at 14:00.
Tromsø Kunstforening/Tromsø Centre for Contemporary Art
Sunday 15th December at 14:00
~ Free and Open to all
Aileen Campbell, who lives and works in Glasgow, makes sound performances and films that can be understood within the realms of both art and experimental music. In one of her performances, Campbell, who graduated from the MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2005, made use of the theatrical proportions of Tramway to make a recording as she sang a Vivaldi aria, accompanied by a group of musicians, while bouncing on a trampoline.
Since 2005, Campbell has rigorously pursued her ‘voiceworks’: investigating the human voice through its various histories and modes of presentation – as both a live phenomenon and as an object translated through the processes of recording.
Campbell’s understanding of the structure of music was gained through formal training as a young chorister, and it is this intimate knowledge of the social dynamics within the structure of music which is often referred to in her practice.
Campbell’s modes of performance mirror a vocal structure with as many solo ‘voiceworks’ as collaborative/participatory performances. The conventional parameters of musical performance and the behaviour of the audience form part of an ongoing investigation into the related properties of sound performance.
This is a HIGH-NORTH event and produced by HIGH-NORTH partners in Tromsø: Tromsø Centre for Contemporary Art/ Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, Troms County Council and NABROAD/Norwegian Collaborative Organisation for Contemporary Art Abroad.
HIGH-NORTH is supported by Arts Council Norway and The Royal Norwegian Embassy London. Artists taking part in the initiative are: Arild Tveito, Aileen Campbell, Liliane Lijn, Mai Hofstad Gunnes, Luke Fowler and Kjersti Andvig.
Image: ‘Late performance (bow) – building merchant‘ Aileen Campbell © 2013