[spectre] #WorldRadioDay: Podcast with Norwegian artist Maia Urstad

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Wed Feb 13 21:53:01 CET 2019

*Podcast with Norwegian artist Maia Urstad*

In this podcast Maia Urstad talks about
<https://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/maia-urstad/capsula> nostalgia, radio pips,
AM, FM and DAB, about the importance of ska, about arches and obelisks,
sounds in the fjord, and time capsules, about program 81, freq_out, and
foghorns, and about local radio stations and lost tapes.

Link: https://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/maia-urstad/capsula

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…

Norwegian artist Maia Urstad works at the intersection of audio and visual
art, with a particular fascination for the intersections 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.

And it does so in the form of sound installations, concerts, theatre, and
elaborate performances. In the course of her explorations,Maia Urstad has
worked with the Deutsche Welle radio archive, choreographed motor bikers
and dancers, reinstated a forgotten meridian, lived alongside a Focke Wulf
fighter aircraft, and recorded the taxis of Buenos Aires. And she has even
used portable radio sets simultaneously as building blocks and speakers, in
her sound sculptures.

*05:27* No definition for sound art
*07:31* Working with space
*08:34* Bergen, theater and ska
*12:46* Weaving with a 4-track recorder
*15:03* The tuner
*17:17* Broadcast and signal as time capsules
*19:37* Time pips and other endangered species
*20:56* 'Radio Taxi Buenos Aires'
*26:49* The poetry of interference
*30:44* Deutsche Welle and the history of broadcasting
*33:21* 'Yellow 16'
*36:05* 'The Return of the Prime Meridian'
*44:40* Radio and installations
*47:46* 'Stations' at Bergenhus Fortress
*50:56* Obelisks and boomboxes: performing 'Cleopatra’s Needles'
*55:14* 'Sound barrier': radios as construction material
*59:31* Choreography and radio concerts
*01:02:01* Fibre Optics
*01:05:51* freq_out

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