Maia Urstad is an artist based in Bergen, Norway working at the intersection of audio and visual art. She was educated at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts and was a member of ska/new-wave group ‘Program 81’, releasing 4 records and touring between 1979-84. Technological progress and communications technology are pervasive themes in her projects, using 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 mid 80ties. 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 created light-and sound installations in collaboration with artist Hilde Hauan 2007 - 2019, and together with artist Anton Kats and curator Eva Rowson, she formed Project MAKU following a residency at Bergen Kunsthall in 2018 and at Lighthouse in Brighton 2019.   

Maia Urstad was in May 2019 awarded “Rune Brynestad's memorial Grant”, Norway’s most finest and largest one-year grants for artists. In 2017 she was appointed as City Sound Artist of Bonn 2017, and is until 29th September 2019 exhibiting “Time-Tone-Passages”, a 40-channel site specific sound installation based on material from the radio archive of Deutsche Welle.

Her solo and collaboration work has been presented at spaces such as: Bergen Kunsthall (NO), Borderline Festival, Athens (GR), Bonnhoeren (DE), Fundacion Proa (AR), Radiorevolten (DE), Off the Page (NO), Trafo Kunsthall Oslo (NO), High Zero Festival (US), Cafe OTO, London, Barents Spektakel (NO), Singuhr Sound Gallery (DE), Lydgalleriet in Bergen (NO), Visningsrommet USF (NO), Moderna Museet (SE), The 5th Marrakech Biennial (MA), KODE – Bergen Art Museum (NO), Johannesburg Art Gallery (SA), Prefix ICA in Toronto (CA), and Electrohype i Malmö Konsthall (SE). Permanent installasjon i Kongsvinger Festning and Herdla Museum (NO).»


upcoming (selection):
2019 / 2020:

Struer Tracks Urban Sound Art Festival. New sound installation, tba. Struer, Denmark, 22.08 - 07.09 2019
Bonnhoeren, Zeit-Ton-Passagen: Radiophonic Concert. 28th September 2019.
14. Bienal de Artes Mediales, Santiago de Chile (CL) November - December 2019
Kabuso, solo exhibition with Lars Ove Toft. Hardanger (NO) Opening January 2020.

ongoing / recent (selection):   
- Lighthouse, Brighton (GB). MAKU: Maia Urstad and Anton Kats in residence, 13th-23rd June 2019. Curated by Eva Rowson.
- Hardanger Musikkfestival, New sound installation, SIDERSOGER, at Alvavoll, Lofthus, Norway, 6.-10.06 2019
Universität der Künste, Berlin, Special guest at a lecture by Carsten Seiffarth at department of Sound Studies and Sonic Arts.
- Borderline Festival, Athens. New sound installation, MURMUR at Onassis Cultural Center, 5.-7.04 2019
- Art Fair Suomi 19, sound work for Galleri Ruth’s Drive-In of Sound Art, an out-door artist-run sound gallery located along the high way.
- Zeit-Ton-Passagen. 40-channel radio installation in the Welckerpassage, Bonn. Open till 30th Sept. 2019.
- Osterøy Museum: “SPRANG” by H. Hauan and M. Urstad. Commissioned by BEK and KORO. 2018-2021
- Bergen Kunsthall «On Circulation». 16. November 2018 — 13. January 2019. Live commision 21 - 25. Nov.
- Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall, live performances from Maia Urstad + ИЛЬИЧ (Anton Kats). 23. November
- Bergen Kunsthall: “Plattform: On Maintaining Circulation”, symposium and radio transmission
- Osterøy Museum: “SPRANG” by H. Hauan and M. Urstad. Commissioned by BEK and KORO. 2018-2021
- Time-Tone Passages. Public 40 channel radio installation, commissioned by Bonnhoeren.
- Deutschland Funk «radio piece zeit-ton-passagen», commisioned work for radio. 2018-2019.
- MACBA Web Radio: «#264 Maia Urstad», podcast by Anna Ramos and André Chêdas. Launched 28.06.2018 (75' 16'')
- MACBA Web Radio: «#264 deleted scenes, launched 26.09.2018 (10' 36'')
- «Urban Sound Art» a Bonnhoeren exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, 19th-28th October 2018
- The Ethernal Chord «Semper Liber» CD release spring 2018 curated by Mike Harding, published by Field Music.
- Artist presentation at «Nye Stemmer», a project initiated and led by Rebecka Ahvenniemi. Bergen Library, Norway, 12th May.
- Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall: Live performance at the launch of Brandon LaBelle’s new book «Sonic Agency».  16th April 2018.
- Borealis Festival - Radio is Dead. Long Live Radio! with Anna Ramos, Jan Høgh Stricker, Peter Meanwell and Maia Urstad
- Tapeloping: 30th Anniversary radio stream - contribution to a radio stream for Art's Birthday 2018 by Absolute Value of Noise.
- Trafo Kunsthall, Oslo. «LINJE». Solo exhibition with Hilde Hauan Johnsen (NO)
WDR3, Funkhaus Wallrafplatz Cologne, concert installation by Maia Urstad and Dirk Specht (DE)
- «Babel Underground» concert installations at Global Media Forum, Bonn with Dirk Specht. June 17. Part of Bonnhoeren.
- Off the Page, nyMusikk, Bergen Kunsthall: ”Elegy to FM”  (NO)
- Visningsrommet USF, Bergen. «SPRANG USF», solo exhibition with Hilde Hauan Johnsen (NO)«
- Ô1 Kunstradio: «Radio Hommage an Pauline Oliveros». contribution to Phonofemme festival 2017. 
- Radio Revolten II- sound installation at Stadtmuseum, Halle / Saale (DE)
Kongsvinger Fortress. Permanent sound installation commissioned by KORO/Public Art Norway
- Proa Foundation Contemporary Space, Buenos Aires. Solo exhibiiton (AR)
- Proa Foundation, Performative sound work with Peter Meanwell and Lars Ove Toft
- «Bosquejar Esbozar Proyectar» score drawings for an exhibition curated by Javier Aparicio and Santiago Bengolea. Buenos Aires (AR)
- The 18th Annual High Zero Festival, Baltimore. Solo- and group performances (USA)
- Tonspur Kunstverein «Freq_out 11» curators: CMvon Hausswolff & Franz Pomassl. Vienna (AT)
- Works for Radio at Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, commisioned by The Lake Radio (DK)  
Barents Spektakel, Kirkenes (NO)
- Landmark, Bergen - BEK Anniversary: performative sound work with Peter Meanwell and Lars Ove Toft
- Lydgalleriet, performative sound project with Conrad Kemp (ZA) curated by Daniella Cascella
The 5th Marrakech biennial curated by Hicham Khalidi, solo performance and Freq-out #10 installation.
- Galleri SOFT, Oslo, SPRANG, solo exhibition with Hilde Hauan Johnsen (NO)
- Volt  - Visningsrommet USF, Bergen, CARGO solo exhibition. More HERE.
- Galerie Del Infinito Arte - Buenos Aires, URRA 2014. Group exhibition.
- Freq_out 1.2 (skandion) permanent sound installation at Skandion Clinic, Uppsala (SE)
- Only Connect Festival of Sound, Oslo
- De Stedelijk, Sonic Acts - freq_out 10
- Moderna Museet  - Freq_out 8
- Den Frie Contemporary Art, Copenhagen,
- Cafe OTO London,
- Singuhr Sound Galleri, Berlin,
- Lydgalleriet, Bergen,
- Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum og Sogn and Fjordane Kunstmuseum, with Hilde Hauan
- Intro-in-Situ, Maastrich (NL),
- Skanu Mez / Resonance Riga (LV),
- Flanders Festival Kortrijk (BE),
- Hordaland Kunstsenter, Len LIVE, Bergen (NO),
- Museu de Arte Moderna // MAMAM do patio, Rezife, Brazil
- KODE Bergen - BGO#1,
- Herdla Museum, Askøy,
- Barnas Kulturhus, with Maria Øy Lojo, Bergen (NO)
- Museum for Contemporary Art, Kaliningrad (RUS)
- Northumberland Transfer, Newcastle (UK)
- Lydgalleriet (the Sound Gallery) in Bergen (NO),
- Disturbances at Johannesburg Art Gallery South-Africa,
- Visningsrommet USF, Bergen (NO)
- Intervall - Bergen City Hall (NO),
- Article Biennial, Stavanger (NO),
- Danielle Arnoud Contemporary Art Gallery, London (UK)
- Happy New Ears Festival (BE),
- Ambience 08 - Sweden (SE)
- Borealis festival - Bergen (NO),
- Textile 07 at Kaunas National Museum Lithuania (LT),
- Rainbow Audio Transformation at Extra City in Antwerp (BE)
- Larm, Kulturhuset Stockholm (SE),
- Sound Bank at the Borealis Festival, Bergen (NO),
- freq_out 5, Chiangmai, Thailand (TH),
- freq_out 6, Kunsthalle Budapest (HU),
- Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada (CAN)
- Version 06, Chicago (USA)
- The Idea of North, Halifax, Canada (and Galleri F15 Norway 2005),
- freq-out 4 - Sonambiente, Berlin (DE),
- Electrohype - Malmø Konsthall, Malmø (SE),
- freq-out 3 - Nuit Blanche, Paris (FRA)
- Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (NO),
- Borealis festival, Bergen (NO),
- Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Oslo (NO),
- Beta I, BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen (NO),


2019. -2019: Art Fair Suomi 19, sound piece for Galleri Ruth’s Drive-In of Sound Art, an out-door artist-run sound gallery located along the high way.