Kusum Normoyle is an artist and musician working with extended vocal techniques and noise for both performance and installation. She is currently a PhD candidate at the College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales, where she is developing a thesis and series of works that explore the aesthetic visualisation of air pressure in media and environments through noise performance, augmented reality, performative sculpture and video.

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, S.I.T.E: Screaming In The Everyday, 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.

Her work has been included in at numerous exhibitions, festivals and events including Primavera: Young Australian Artists, MCA Sydney 2013, ISSUE Project Room NYC, Superdeluxe at Artspace for the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Liquid Architecture AU, the NOWnow AU, N.K Berlin, UrBANGUILD JPN, Lines of Flight Festival NZ , and Dogodek: The Event, 29th Biennial of Graphic Art, Slovenia.

Kusum has on-going collaborative music projects with Sean Baxter and Peter Blamey in duo Hard Hat.
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