SOUND BARRIER is a sound installation consisting of some 150 portable CD-and cassette radios assembled as a wall. Visually, these devices function as elements in a structure inspired by historical stone constructions.

The cassette players and radios in the wall are playback units for a composition of electronically treated sounds borrowed from radio waves, Morse code, FM- and satellite radio etc. Sound signals that also will be obsolete and forgotten sooner than we might expect.

The installation SOUND BARRIER is a creative examination of correspondences and the juxtaposition of issues. The questions it poses are many, including and especially: 'What will become of the ruins after us?'

SOUND BARRIER relates to earlier works such as STATIONS; a sound installation deriving its visual basis from the Roman arch; and CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLES; a concert performance inspired by Pharonic Egyptian structures.

The creative impulses for SOUND BARRIER originate in the historical remains of buildings, i.e. ruins. Technology, here, electronics - a development from our own time, comprises the 'stones'.

The CD-and cassette radios in the installation have a double, visual and conceptual function. On an auditory level they are mediating the sound image implemented in the installation. Visually they are the concrete building blocks, the obvious function in the wall, but they also reflects issues related to the technical development and our culture of consumption.

Sound barrier # VI
Date: October 26th 2008 - March 1st 2009,
Place: Johannesburg Art Gallery, King George Street, Joubert Park, Johannesburg, South Africa,
Curator: Clive Kellner, Maria Fidel Regueros
Constructed by: Steinar Hindenes and Maia Urstad
Produced by: Maur Prosjekter
Support: Bergen City Council and
OCA-Office for Contemporary Art Norway
The installation has a new sound composition specially made for Johannesburg Art Gallery.

Sound barrier # V
Date: june 17 - July 29 , 2006
Place: Prefic Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada
Support: Norwegian Embassy, Bergen City Council, OCA - Office for Contemporary Art,
Curator : Rhonda Corvese
Constructed by: Steinar Hindenes and Maia Urstad
Produced by: Maur Prosjekter
Producer assistance: Marie Nerland

Sound barrier # IV
Date: Jan. 13- Feb.19. 2006
Place: Saint Mary[og]rsquo;s University Art Gallery (SMU) in Halifax, Canada
Curator : Rhonda Corvese
Constructed by: Steinar Hindenes, Ryan Suder, Maia Urstad
Produced by: Maur Prosjekter
Producer assistance: Marie Nerland
Support: Bergen City Council, OCA - Office for Contemporary Art, Komponistenes Vederlagsfond, Norsk Musikkfond, Norwegian Organisation of Interior Architect and Furniture Designers

Sound barrier # III
Date: Nov. 27 2004 - Jan 23. 2005
Place: Malmø Kunsthall,  Sweden, at the Electrohype Biennial 2004

curated by Electrohype/ Anna Kindvall and Lars Gustav Midboe
Produced by: Maur Prosjekter
Co-produced by: Electrohype, Malmø
www.konsthall.malmo.se
www.electrohype.org

Sound barrier # II
Date:   7. - 17. October 2004.
Place: The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, during Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.
Constructed by: Steinar Hindenes, or Stokke, Ole Lea andMaia Urstad
Produced by: Maur Prosjekter
Co-produced by: Ultimafestivalen andPNEK - Production network for Electronic Art, Norway.
www.ultima.no
www.pnek.no
www.stenersen.museum.no

Sound barrier # I
Date: 20. - 28. March 2004
Place: Strandgaten 218, a temporary gallery on Nordnes in Bergen, March 2004 during the Borealis Contemporary Music Festival
Constructed by: Steinar Hindenes, Lise Risom, Rune Salomonsen, Hans Skogen and Maia Urstad
Produced by: Maur Prosjekter
Co-produced by: Borealisfestivalen www.borealisfestival.no and BEK - Bergen Center of Electronic art www.bek.no

All installations are constructed on site by Steinar Hindenes and Maia Urstad.

>> Back to radio works

>> Back to works