Maia Urstad


16.09 – 16.10.22
Exhibition opening on Friday 16th of September 17-21 as part of Oslo Culture Night
Atelier Nord is open 12-17 every day during the Ultima

Maia Urstad’s site-specific sound installation FERD stages a busy train station. Here, train drivers’ communications are mixed with announcements, fragments of conversations between travelers, machine sounds, and electronic signals. This sonic environment feels like a space between dream and waking, similar to the slow time that occurs when traveling by train. The station’s exact time and place are deliberately made indeterminable and hazy, as if all stations from all times are blended into one.

FERD is a continuation of Urstad’s interest in technologies from recent history that enable communication over large distances such as radio and the telegraph. Urstad is interested in the speed of technological development and often looks at historical moments when a technology stands on the verge of obsolescence.

Maia Urstad lives and works in Bergen. In 2019, she received Rune Brynestad’s memorial scholarship. Urstad was appointed City Sound Artist in Bonn 2017 and her sound installation MURMUR was purchased by Norway’s National Museum in 2020. Her works have been shown at XIV Biennial of Media Art, Santiago de Chile (CL), Kunsthuset Kabuso (NO), Bergen Kunsthall (NO), Struer Tracks (DK), Sonic Acts (NL) and Borderline Festival (GR).

Ferd is supported by Arts Council Norway. Produced by Atelier Nord as part of the Ultima Festival.