Maia Urstad is an artist working at the intersection of audio and visual art. She finished The Bergen National Academy of the Arts in 1981 whilst a member of ska/new-wave group 'Program 81', releasing 4 records and touring between 1979-84.
In the eighties, her artistic medium migrated toward sound experimentation, and she has since 1987 worked with sound in various art projects, installations, site-specific concerts, theatre and films in Norway and internationally.
Her work involves integrating sound into specific locations. Recent practice includes outdoor and indoor sound installations and performances, using CD and cassette-radios for both sound transmission and as sculptural objects, commenting on the temporary nature of present technology. The sound-textures for these projects are made from found/concrete sound sources, particularly signals from radio broadcast and telecommunication. At present she is investigating multi-channel FM transmissions sent to multiple radios as sound installations and performances.

Maia Urstad curates and produces sound related art projects and exhibitions through her company 'Maur Prosjekter', and has collaborated with a wide range of artists, curators and producers over the years. She is part of the international sound art collective Freq_out curated by CM von Hausswolff, and is co-founder of Lydgalleriet in Bergen. She has recently been appointed by "Bonn hoeren" as City Sound artist of Bonn 2017.

Maia Urstads sound work is published by Touch Music (MCPS).

Recent works (selection):


- Global Media Forum, Bonn: concert installation with Dirk Specht. June 17. Part of Bonn hoeren.
- Off the Page, nyMusikk, Bergen Kunsthall: ”Elegy to FM” (NO)
- Visningsrommet USF, Bergen. SPRANG USF, solo exhibition with Hilde Hauan Johnsen (NO)
- Radio Revolten II 2016 - sound installation at Stadtmuseum, Halle / Saale, Oct 2016 (DE)
- Kongsvinger Fortress. Permanent sound installation commissioned by KORO/Public Art Norway
- Proa Foundation Contemporary Space, Búenos Aires
- Barents Spektakel, Kirkenes (NO)

- The 5th Marrakech biennial
- Galleri SOFT, Oslo
- Only Connect Festival of Sound, Oslo
- Volt  - Visningsrommet USF, Bergen
- De Stedelijk, Sonic Acts - freq_out 10
- Evil Son Gallery, Cape Town,
- Den Frie Contemporary Art, Copenhagen,
- Moderna Museet,
- 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),