Focused on the body as a siphon for personal and collective memory, Norman investigates the ramifications of dispossession, displacement and erasure, while testing the limits of intimacy, permission and trust within durational, task-based performances, installations and critical texts.
S.J. Norman was invited to participate in the 2015 Kaldor Public Art Project, Marina Abramovic: In Residence (Sydney). They have exhibited, performed and discussed their work at the Venice International Performance Week (Venice, Italy); Spill Festival of Live Art (London, UK); Fierce Festival (Birmingham, UK); In Between Time (Bristol, UK); Performance Space (Sydney); Next Wave (Melbourne); the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (Adelaide); Edinburgh Festival (Edinburgh, UK); Brisbane International Festival (Brisbane); Melbourne International Festival (Melbourne); the 2nd Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia (Adelaide) and Tate Modern (London, UK), among others.
Norman holds a degree in Writing and Cultural Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney, and has been an Associate Student of Visual Art at Dartington College, Devon, UK. In 2014, they studied Jewelry and Silversmithing at Central St Martin’s School of Art and Design, London. They trained for several years in dance improvisation and Bodyweather with Choreographer Martin Del Amo and DeQuincy Co., subsequently training in Butoh with Akaji Maro and Yoshito Ohno at the Kazuo Ohno studio.
Image: Corpus Nullius / Blood Country, S.J. Norman, 2011, photograph of performance, Carriageworks, Sydney.
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