HIGH-NORTH Artist Talk Tromsø
Aileen Campbell will be holding a public talk at Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, Thursday 24th October 15:00.
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.
Academy of Contemporary Art
Thursday 24.October at 15.00 2013
~ 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.
HIGH-NORTH is supported by Arts Council Norway and The Royal Norwegian Embassy London.
This HIGH-NORTH event was 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.
(Middle) Aileen Campbell, Image: Jasmina Bosnjak, Troms fylkeskommune © 2013
"The works of Aileen Campbell span performance, sound and video. Central to her practice across these modes of presentation is the human voice – both its live presence and its manipulation through documentation and structured film works. Campbell is herself an experienced chorister, and her work demonstrates an investigation into the voice’s connection to the body, and how this relationship is disrupted through training, experimentation and amplification.
Campbell draws links between her own musical practice and that of the pioneers of vocal techniques from the Sixties, including Meredith Monk and Joan La Barbara. In exploring similar territories of sound-making that ground the female voice, she also negotiates arenas of performance that encompass the visual expectations of an audience."
Richard Birkett, 2008, Nought to Sixty
Images: Jasmina Bosnjak, Troms fylkeskommune © 2013