"Strong Language" (2011)
Kusum Normoyle is an artist and musician working in the area of extended vocal techniques and noise for both performance and installation. Core to Kusum’s practice is the idea of intervention, displacing normal expectations of female body and voice. In performance these incursions are brief, extreme and physical. The female scream takes a much heavier tone; more like metal than hysteria, dragging the audience into a harder, faster display of screaming, amplification and feedback. The provocation is not limited to staged events; they appear in public space such as the city street, empty lane ways or cliff edges, where passers-by become the audience. Confronted by an unexpected display of extreme vocals they try not to look, go about their business, ask if she is ok, mimic and honk their car horns and become immediate fans. These site specific noise events are focused conceptually on a re-distribution of listening, requesting the listener to discover or re-discover their audible contexts, as well as advocating action in these often homogenous environments.She has performed at numerous festivals and events including ISSUE Project Room in New York City in (2010), Superdeluxe at Artspace for the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010), Liquid Architecture (2008), the NOWnow Sydney (2008), UrBANGUILD in Japan (2009), Lines of Flight Festival in Port Chalmers, New Zealand and will showcase at the Ljubljana Biennale in Slovenia in September 2011. Collaborations include Robbie Avenaim, Sean Baxter, Monika Brooks, Peter Blamey (in duo “Hard Hat”), Tim Olive, Robert Mayson, Wade Marynowsky, Marcus Schmickler and others. Kusum Normoyle lives and works in Sydney, Australia.