Maia Urstad works in the intersection of audio and visual art, primarily with site specific and spatial sound installations. Technological development and communication technology are a recurring theme in many of her works, often with the use of radio as a central auditory, visual and conceptual element. These problematize the volatility of today’s technology and what traces and stories we leave behind when new inventions enter our everyday lives. Her work also tends to focus on flops, lost causes and developments that are on the border of obsoletion.
Maia was awarded the Rune Brynestad Memory Grant in Norway 2019, and appointed as City Sound Artist of Bonn 2017. The sound installation MURMUR was acquired by the Norwegian National Museum in 2020. Her most recent solo- and collaboration works have been presented at: The XIV Biennial of Media Art, Santiago de Chile (CL), Kabuso Kunsthus (NO), Bergen Kunsthall (NO), Struer Tracks (DK), Sonic Acts (NL), Borderline Festival (GR)Maia is part of the collective MÆKUR with Eva Rowson and Anton Kats, runs the radio station RUMMUR with Eva Rowson and Peter Meanwell, and has developed sound- and light installations with Hilde Hauan since 2006.