SJ Norman is a cross-disciplinary artist and writer. Their work traverses performance, installation, sculpture, text, video and sound. Live performance remains the core of their practice: working with extended duration, task-based, and endurance practices, as well as intimate/one-to-one frameworks, Norman’s primary medium is the body: the body as a spectacle of truth and a theatre of fantasy; a siphon of personal and collective memory; an organism with which we are infinitely familiar and eternally estranged; a site which is equally loaded and empty of meaning, where histories, narratives, desires and discourses converge and collapse.
Based between regional Australia, Berlin and the United Kingdom, they have presented their work at Venice International Performance, Week (IT), Tate Modern (UK), Spill Festival of Live Art (UK), Fierce Festival (UK), In Between Time (UK), Arnolfini (UK), Performance Space, Sydney (AU), Next Wave (AU) and the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AU), Edinburgh Festival (UK) and Brisbane International Festival (AU), and Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art (AU), and Melbourne Festival (AU) to name a few. They are a proud Indigenous person of Wiradjuri, Wonnarua and British heritage.