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Live Commission: Maia Urstad + Anton Kats Landmark  Residency


21 - 25 Nov
Upstairs
Everyday 15:00 - 17:00

For the final commission in our 2018 programme of live commissions 'Who's doing the washing up?' and in the context of the winter exhibition 'On Circulation’, artists Maia Urstad (Bergen, Norway) and Anton Kats (Berlin, Germany) combine their shared practices and interests in forms of communication technology, the ways in which stories are circulated, recorded and archived and how narratives of technological developments routinely overlook how and by whom these tools have been developed.

Interested in the histories of Bergen’s seafarers, transport and communication methods as starting points, Urstad and Kats explore questions such as: How does the technology available to us determine what stories and histories are shared? Who gets to design it and who gets to use it? Whose voices are left in and out?

Following the residency, throughout November 2018 - January 2019, Maia, in collaboration with Oda Braanaas and Thea Haug, will develop a new listening and recording project with a women’s group from Bergen Røde Kors, as part of a new collaboration between Festspillkollektivet and Bergen Kunsthall. Festspillkollektivet is a project within Bergen International Festival. It encourages inclusive, collaborative and creative projects together with social and cultural partners, institutions and communities.

Associated events:

Concert: Maia Urstad + ИЛЬИЧ (Anton Kats)
Friday 23 Nov 20:00 Free

An evening of live music incorporating sequenced and modular gestures, radio frequencies and twisted recordings.

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Plattform: On Maintaining Circulation
Saturday 24 Nov 14:00 Free

Exploring, and questioning, the power structures that circulate histories and narratives.
With Andrea Francke / Wish you’d been here, Anton Kats, Maia Urstad, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, and Hannah Gillow-Kloster (Skeivt Arkiv / Norway’s national queer archive, Bergen). Part of our Plattform series.

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Maia Urstad is an artist based in Bergen, Norway working at the intersection of audio and visual art. She was a member of ska/new-wave group 'Program 81', releasing 4 records and touring between 1979-84. Technological progress and communications technology are pervasive themes in her projects, using radio as a key audio, visual and conceptual element, commenting on the temporary nature of present technology, and what traces and stories we leave behind when new inventions enter our daily lives. In 2017, she was appointed as City Sound Artist of Bonn 2017, and throughout 2018 exhibiting ‘Time-Tone-Passages’, a 40-channel site specific sound installation based on material from the radio archive of Deutsche Welle, Germany. She is part of the international sound art collective Freq_out curated by CM von Hausswolff, and a co-founder of Lydgalleriet, Bergen.

Anton Kats’ is an artist, musician and dancer born in the Ukraine and now based in Berlin, Germany. His practice derives from informal everyday relationships from growing up in a vibrant neighbourhood in Kherson, Ukraine, complemented through the necessity and pragmatics of seeking self-legalisation in Europe via entering formal institutions of education. In his work, Kats explores radio through concepts of ‘narrowcast’ and ‘concrete listening’, engaging with structures of self-organisation and self-education. His projects often unfold in the form of collaborative interventions, installations and sonic sculptures, performances, learning sites and public programs, and have been present in venues including the Serpentine Galleries, Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Showroom gallery, London (UK) and documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel.

Part of the 2018 series of live commissions 'Who's doing the washing up?' at Bergen Kunsthall exploring feminist organisational practices and modes of communication - and the structures that support these.

Supported by Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


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