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Maia Urstad

‘When you define something, you also define something out. And I think that is a bit problematic. Sound art could be so many different things.’

Time signals and radio taxis are some of the discreet expressions of radio that have disappeared from our everyday soundscape, with us barely registering when or why they have ceased to be broadcast. The internet and, more recently, digital audio broadcasting (DAB), are changing radio as we knew it. As a result, we are unconsciously forsaking its poetry: the artefacts, interferences, geographies, the instability, the fleetingness and other nuances.

Norwegian artist Maia Urstad works at the intersection of audio and visual art, with a particular fascination for the connections between technology and communication. Her work explores devices that are on the way to becoming obsolete – such as Morse code and two-way radio taxis – as well as others that are thriving, like optic fibre. Radio, of course, has a leading role at this crossroads.

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