Rapture is an artist's project and a three-part publication, of which this is the third and last volume.Its baseline is the eponymous installation presented by Camille Norment in the Nordic Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale, a site-specific and immersive work unfolding through a series of performances. The publications explore the dialogue between sound and the visual arts, past, present and future, to challenge the hegemony of vision in contemporary theory and art practice.
Nabil Ahmed and Nida Ghouse contribute essays reflecting on how sounds shape our environment,our bodies and our minds. Artist, researcher and Goldsmiths lecturer Nabil Ahmed speaks about chaos and its sonorous multiplicity, not as absolute disorder but rather as the unpredictable, whirling vibration of nonhuman forces that bind the universe. Researcher and curator Nida Ghouse analyses the ancient Indian concept of na-da, a metaphysical assumption that places the entire cosmos and all the forms of life within it as producers of audible and inaudible vibrations. A reprint of Sara Teasdale's poem There Will Come Soft Rains, penned in 1920 and a source of inspiration for Norment and her performance with composer and author David Toop, isalso featured. This last publication also includes an additional discussion between Norment and curators Katya García-Antón and Antonio Cataldo, exploring the reasoning behind an artistic practice that seeks to remistify sound's shaping of our collective consciousness.