Closing Weekend Talks: Nina Sun Eidsheim, Camille Norment and Gary Tomlinson

On the occasion of the final weekend and last chance to visit Camille Norment’s Festival Exhibition, “Gyre”, we have invited two prominent thinkers in the field of sound and music studies, Nina Sun Eidsheim and Gary Tomlinson for an afternoon of talks and conversations. Two talks by Eidsheim and Tomlinson will be followed by a conversation with Camille Norment to discuss shared interests and inspirations. Join us in the bookshop after the talks to celebrate the launch of Camille Norment’s new book “Gyre”.

Nina Sun Eidsheim is a Professor of Musicology, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Her recent publications include Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice (Duke University Press, 2015) and The Race of Sound: Listening, Timbre, and Vocality in African American Music ()(Duke University Press, 2019) She co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies and the Refiguring American Music book series for Duke University Press. Eidsheim received her bachelor of music from the voice program at the Agder Conservatory (Norway), an MFA in vocal performance from the California Institute of the Arts and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, San Diego. In 2020 she founded the UCLA Practice-based Experimental Epistemology Research (PEER) Lab dedicated to decolonializing data, methodology, and analysis, in and through multisensory creative practices.

Camille Norment is a visual artist, composer and performer. Based in Norway since 2004, she represented Norway in the 56th Venice Art Biennale in 2005 with the large-scale three-part project Rapture. For the Festival Exhibition, Camille Norment will transform Bergen Kunsthall’s four main galleries into one expansive sonic experience.

Gary Tomlinson is a Professor of Music and Humanities at Yale University. Trained as a musicologist, his work in recent years has focused on issues of biological and cultural evolution in humans and other animals, resulting in an “evolution trilogy”: A Million Years of Music: The Emergence of Human Modernity (Zone Books, 2015), on the evolution of human musical capacities; Culture and the Course of Human Evolution (Zone Books, 2018), on the emergence of cultural complexity in ancient hominins; and The Machines of Evolution and the Scope of Meaning (Zone Books, 2023), on the evolution and scope of meaning-making among nonhuman animals. Tomlinson’s writings take up subjects as diverse as opera history, early-modern European musical thought and practice, the musical cultures of indigenous American societies, and posthumanist theory.

Plattform is Bergen Kunsthall’s series of lectures and debates with artists and prominent thinkers. The talk will be in English and will be live-streamed on our website.

Sat 12 Aug 2023