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'Soundings – Nordic Sound Art' at The Museum for Contemporary Art

March 31, 2009

Two years ago a joint Nordic master study program in sound art was set up in collaboration between art academies in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Unfortunately the art academy in Bergen has not been part of this program. The students are about to graduate, and will be exhibiting at The Museum for Contemporary Art in Roskilde.


Exhibition: The Museum for Contemporary Art in Roskilde presents,‘Soundings – Nordic Sound Art’ an exhibition of works by a new generation of Nordic sound artists who in the spring of 2009 graduate as the first group from the joint masters study programme called Nordic Sound Art.

Opening: Friday April 24, 2009, 17-20
Exhibition period: April 25-June 7, 2009
Location: Museum for Contemporary Art, Stændertorvet 3A, 4000 Roskilde, phone: 46 31 65 70
Open: Tuesday-Friday 11-17, Saturday-Sunday 12-16,


Step into the soundart-scene and experience sound-installations, acoustics and electronic sound, new media and the visual arts. This is just a part of what will meet the audience at the Museum for Contemporary Art when a new generation of sound-artists unfolds their works and gives an exciting look into what is happening on the contemporary soundart-scene.

The exhibition ‘Soundings’ shows the final projects of nine young artists from the new joint master study-programme Nordic Sound Art and hereby a multitude of approaches to the work with sound as an aesthetic material. Soundart is a field of contemporary art that unfolds in the intersection between traditional genres. Various media and technologies are used and new types of aesthetic expression emerge. The growing interest in sound and soundart as an aesthetic field is the starting point for the creation of the soundart study programme Nordic Sound Art. The study programme is unique in its cross-institutional character. It is a collaboration between art academies in Denmark, Norway and Sweden that share knowledge and exchanges resources.

The Museum for Contemporary Art has, since its opening in 1991, had a focus on soundart, which comprises a great part of the museum’s collection. It is with great pleasure that the museum shows the first final exhibition of the Nordic Sound Art programme.

Participating artists
Espen Lomsdalen (NO), Linn Halvorsrød (NO), Marie Muller (FR), Tisha Mukarji (IN/FR), Mette Sand Hersoug (DK), Morten Skrøder Lund (DK), Dodda Maggý (IS), Nanna Hellberg (SE) og Nestori Syrjälä (FI).

Facts about the Nordic Sound Art Programme
Nordic Sound Art joint study programme is a collaboration between the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Malmö Art Academy, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Faculty of Visual Arts and Trondheim Academy of Fine Art. The students attend the activities of the programme hosted in turn by these Art Academies. The joint study programme is a two-year master programme established in 2007. The next group of students will start in 2010. The initiative to the soundart programme is established within the KUNO network (Kunstuddannelserne I Norden) and is an extension of the network’s current activities. Read more:

The museum for Contemporary Art and the Art educations
Since its opening in 1991 the Museum for Contemporary arts has presented the young and experimental art-scene by inviting Danish and international Art Academies and other educational institutions to exhibit at the museum. From the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art there have been exhibitions by Billedhuggerskolen in 1993 and the media arts department in 1997. Billedhuggerskolen Frederikshom Kanal made an exhibition in 2006. In 1998 there was an exhibition by Fatamorgana, The Danish School of Art Photography and in 2001 The Royal College of Art in London. K3 from the department of Art, Culture and Communication at Malmö Högskola challenged the notion of the work of art with their exhibition in 2004.

Exhibition catalogue and seminar
An exhibition catalogue is published. Included in the catalogue is original articles written by David Toop, Aeron Bergman, Brandon LaBelle, Andreas Engström and Åsa Stjerna. A one day seminar is held at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts on April 25, 2009.

The exhibition is supported by
Nordisk Kulturfond
Oticon Fonden
Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi
Nykredit – Main sponsor for communication activities at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Visual Arts.

For more information contact:
Curator Mads Kullberg, / 46 316 576
Coordinator, Nordic Sound Art: Rune Søchting, / 29 801 511