OORtreders Residentie - MÆKUR

Mon 19 Oct 2020 - 09:00 to Sun 25 Oct 2020 - 17:00
Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof, Toekomstlaan 5, 3910 Neerpelt

MÆKUR is the collaborative project of Maiа Urstad, Anton Kats and Eva Rowson. The collective synthesizes artistic, sonic and radiophonic practices to research communication technologies, amateur radio networks and archival practices.

Their residency at OORtreders Festival, draws on local radio-activities to consider and respond to aural histories as a way of actualising history of radio transmission into a pulsating radio presence. This research based trajectory leads the collective towards a sonic and textual performance opening the program with talks Sound & Society on Sunday 25 October. On the days leading up to this their workspace will be open for curious visitors and soundlovers. 

Eva Rowson (NO) is an artist, producer, curator and Managing Director of Bergen Kjøtt, a multi-purpose cultural venue and studios in Bergen, Norway. Her artistic and curatorial work is organised around hosting, collaboration and organisational practice – with a focus on how the different types of work involved are valued, and with what consequences. This research has been at the core of collaborative projects including 38b, a project space co-run with Luke Drozd from their London living room and Como imaginar una musea?, a Catalan-Spanish-English project to conjure up a cultural institution from a feminist perspective. In 2018-19 Eva was Curator of Live Programme at Bergen Kunsthall and Curator in Residence at Lighthouse leading a curatorial programme on the politics of institutional re-imagining to ask Who’s doing the washing up? Eva currently leads the MA Fine Art programme on collaboration at Faculty of Fine Art, University of Bergen and co-runs golden jar with Sofia Hamnes, an experimental music platform for female and non-binary practitioners working on and off stage. 

Maia Urstad (NO) is an artist based in Bergen, Norway working at the intersection of audio and visual art, mainly with sound installations and - performances. She was a member of ska/new-wave group Program 81, touring from 1979 – 84. Technological progress and communications technology are pervasive in her work, in which radio is a key audio, visual and conceptual element, commenting on the temporary nature of technology and the traces and stories left behind in our daily lives. Appointed city sound artist of Bonn in 2017 and awarded the Rune Brynestad memorial grant in 2019, her most recent solo and collaborative projects took place in the context of 14th Bienal de Artes Mediales in Santiago, Bergen Kunsthall, Radio Revolten and Kabuso Art House Norway. Urstad co-founded Lydgalleriet in Bergen and is part of the international sound art collective freq_ out as well as freq_wave (seven seas) curated by CM von Hausswolff. 

Antron Kats (DE) is an artist, musician and dancer whose work often unfolds in public and liminal spaces as sculptures, interventions, concerts, learning sites and public programmes involving radio, sound, video and research. His practice derives from informal everyday relationships in the vibrant neighbourhood of Kherson, Ukraine in which he grew up, complemented by the process of self-legalisation in Europe. Under the name ILYICH he merges fine art and electronic music. Kats has lectured at various universities and received a practice-based PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London. At Sonic Acts in 2016, his talk and sound performance Radio Sound System conveyed his neighbourhood-oriented broadcasting practice. He has also exhibited at among others; Serpentine Galleries, Tate Modern, documenta 14.