Maia Urstad commission
Maia Urstad is an artist based in Bergen, Norway working at the intersection of audio and visual art. Technological progress and communications technology are pervasive themes in her projects. She uses radio as a key audio, visual and conceptual element, commenting on the temporary nature of present technology, and what traces and stories we leave behind when new inventions enter our daily lives. She has been an active contributor to the Norwegian and international contemporary art scene since the eighties. She is part of the international sound art collective Freq_out curated by CM von Hausswolff, and a co-founder of Lydgalleriet in Bergen. She has won prizes such as the Rune Brynestad's memorial Grant – Norway’s finest and largest one-year grant for artists. Her solo and collaborative work has been presented in a wide range of prestigious spaces in Norway and abroad, such as The XIV Biennial of Media Art (CL), Fundación PROA (AR), Ultimafestivalen (NO), Bonnhoeren (DE), Struer Tracks (DK), Lighthouse Brighton (UK) and Sonic Acts (NL).