Maria Nordsø Lundberg
Sound artist, singer and sculptor
Main Collaborations and Projects
Since October 2022 I´m working as Swedish composer at Elektronmusikstudion/EMS in Stockholm deepening the sound project ”Song of a Tree”.
”Song of a Tree”, a site-specific sound performance with electronic landscapes and improvised voice. First performance took place August 2022 in the old water tower in Gnesta as a part of the Antenn Soundart Festival’s program https://ljudtornet.org/.
The performance is an ongoing collaboration with the Ukranian electronical musician Roman Hens https://www.musikcentrumost.se/artist/ge-ns and Spanish artist Juanma González https://www.juanmagonzalez.com/.
”Memory&Voices” a collaboration with Flat Octopus https://flatoctopus.com/exhibitions/exhibition-case-maria-nordso-lundberg-memory-voices-from-inside-to-here/ at Färgfabriken in Stockholm where my sculpture in Mongolian papier maché was presented in the Exhibition Case. As a part of KVADRENNALEN https://www.kvadrennalen.se/and in collaboration with the Spanish sound artist Andrea Diaz, I also did a sound performance at KVADRENNALEN’s temporary HQ in Färgfabriken’s project room.
Member in the international experimental artist group, LMDP (L´Autre Moitié Du Palais) in close collaboration with the French artist Claire Roudenko-Bertin www.centrepompidou.fr/id/c8EoBeM/rAKeBG/fr, working in different projects; “de l’échange comme forme d’art”, ”LMDPoème Électromagnétique”, ”L´autre Moitiér du Paradise”, “Passage dans la Barrière” to mention a few, both in France and Sweden since 2009.
In Aug-Dec 2021 LMDP made an exhibition commenting letters and drawings by Ivan Aguelí at National Museum`s Art Library, Stockholm. Du reste, qui est libre? With participants from Stockholm/Paris/Marrakech/Séoul.
October 2021 I participated in a live sound performances in the library of the National Museum in Stockholm.
Another project with LMDP is concerning the Swedish painter Ivan Aguelí (1869-1917). In November 2017 we made, after several meeting points with preparatorily studies, an exhibition where we gave our interpretations of Aguelís work and life. It was presented in ENSAPC GALERIE YGREC in Paris, France and followed by a sound-walk with my sound installation made to the occasion. 24th of May 2018 the project was shown in the Museum of Aguelí in Sala http://aguelimuseet.se/ as part of the project I made a sound performance at Sala train station.
August 2017 we made an art project in collaboration with the Museum of Lesjöfors which ended up in an exhibition at the museum, http://www.lesjoforsmuseum.com/samtida.htm
Member in a collaborative soundart group with artists from different disciplines such as circus, sound art, visual and performative arts, newly initiated by sound artist Jacek Smolicki, http://www.smolicki.com
Spanish artist Juanma González Marcos http://www.juanmagonzalez.com
Collaborating mainly artistic research projects concerning walk art and sound walks.
Please see: http://www.stolavsleden- project.com/participants/maria/
This project was funded by Research funding by Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. An art project concerning the borderland between pilgrimage, walking in an inner landscape and the traces we make when marking out our psychological and physical spheres as travelers.
Japanese animator Kaoru Furuko www.kaorufuruko.com.
We have worked on installations with her kaleidoscope light animations together with my sound compositions and deep sea sculptures in glass, exhibited at Tomteboda Postcentral in June 2017.
In September 2017 our work was represented at the International Biennale of Glass in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Danish musician and composer Mikkel Nordsø www.mikkel.nordsoe.com and the harpist Tine Rehling www.tine.rehling.com
Recording music and CD composing where I do the improvised voice.
Filmmaker Monika Larsson www.monicalarsson.com
Voice improvisation to her film “The Temptation” .
2014-17 I made a post graduate art project at the Institute of Fine Arts in Stockholm, concerning sound sculpture and transformation.
The first year I examined the sculptural form of the inner sounds and thoughts using glass and sound as my mediums. With my voice as an instrument I navigated through these inner worlds searching for traces and threads of forgotten, hidden life forms and their dreams.
Starting from the sound sculptures and the inner voice, I then developed my project into investigation of different aspects of transformation, of change in itself.
“Only a thin film separates an empty, solid structure, frightening in its lack of concern, from the lustre of everyday life where a grain at once encompasses everything.”
Change takes place always and everywhere. How does it look and act, are there any common points? How is transformation between different states and realities made possible? Where is the space between these worlds, the dividing line? What happens when we move inside the line itself?
In the artistic process it is central for me to have access to transformation as a concept, tool and method and to understand its conditions, prerequisites and mechanisms.
Recent and Current Work
China Cultural Center in Stockholm, www.cccstockholm.se Artistic Advisor and Communicator, 2018-
Working in a Chinese cultural center in Sweden is both interesting and eye
opening. The idea of the center is to function as a bridge and meeting point between our cultures and to continuously show exhibitions with mainly contemporary visual and auditory art and search for points of contact between the Chinese and Swedish art world. Various theater forms from performance, sound & space installations and classical shadow theater to art exhibitions have been held in the center, as well as music concerts, workshops, talks and seminars in various subjects.
During the pandemic, we have been working on establishing a Chinese library open to
the public and we also offer various courses in music, arts and crafts. Also here we seek to
describe where the Swedish craft and art tradition meets the Chinese.
Inuti Art Studio www.inuti.se Artistic Mentor, 2003-2018
In 2003 I began working part time as artistic leader, alongside with my own art practice, at Inuti Art Studio, see www.inuti.se, with young people with intellectual disabilities and autism.
Their art works is mostly defined as Outsider Art. Outsider Art is a term coined by Professor Roger Cardinal in London in the 1970s. The interest for this type of art, especially that which is referred to as Outsider Art, Differentiated Art or Art Brut, is on the rise.
Inuti is part of a large network of studios throughout Europe, and we are often invited to participate in exhibitions and workshops. Just recently we had our first contact with a similar art studio in Beijing. Over the years we have held a wide variety of workshops in Scandinavia and throughout Europe. We are part of European Outsider Art Association (EOA), as well as a Nordic network and other national networks.
Inuti is also functioning as a source of inspiration helping other institutions to establish studios and as such we have for example made frequent visits to Finland to support and take stock of their exciting ITE art.
We have also worked in a long process of carefully developing our own unique pedagogical methods, which is inspiring and influencing the work of other institutions.
I believe that exhibiting the artworks is an essential part of our work, because we have an important role to play, influencing and spurring diversity and counteract homogenization, and enriching the art scene.
Having a lot of contacts and collaborations with museums, galleries and other similar institutions and centers in Europe, USA and Japan, exchanging ideas, initiating various projects and staging exhibitions, I have a long experience of producing and building exhibitions, creating art projects, giving and arranging workshops, seminars and travels.
I also have a profound knowledge of pedagogical methods, how to communicate wordlessly through art, the use of art as a mind opener etc.
To work as artistic leader in this kind of artist studio with autistic people, involves great responsibility, a vivid and transformable mind and readiness to take on challenges as well as fingertips sensitivity. This has given me a vast experience from an artistic as well as a human and professional point of view.
Main Exhibitions & Performances
Song of a Tree, Antenn Soundart Festival https://ljudtornet.org/ Gnesta, August 2022, sound performance
Memory&Voices Färgfabriken, Stockholm March 2022, sound performance and sculpture
Du reste, qui est libre?, LMDP, National Muséum´s Art Library, Stockholm, 20/10, 2021, participating in a group sound performance
X-Déconfit, Nice, France, August 2020, sound installation
Isolering/Kommunikation Färgfabriken, Stockholm, 2020, https://fargfabriken.se/en/right-now/item/1481-isolering-kommunikation-med-curatorgruppen-muskot, drawings
Walking Festival of Sound, Detroit Stockholm, 2019, soundscape installation
Airings, China Cultural Center in Stockholm, November 2018, glass sculptures
Passage dans la barrière, LMDP, Sala train station, 24/5 2018, live sound performance
L´autre Moitiér du Paradise, LMDP, ENSAPC GALERIE YGREC, Paris, France, November 2017, sound walk https://soundcloud.com/user-806907388/ivan-agueli
International Biennale of Glass 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria, 27/9-3/10-17, sound&glass installation https://www.facebook.com/InternationalBiennaleGlassBulgaria/
Paradisets andra halva, LMDP, Lesjöfors museum, August 2017, live sound performance nwt.se/filipstad/2017/08/04/utforskar-paradiset-med-lesjofors
Projects, Tomteboda Postcentral, KKH, Stockholm, June 2017, sound&glass installation
Soundscapes, Audiorama, Stockholm, Dec. 2016, sound art performance http://www.audiorama.se/events/2016/kkh-soundscapes
Another Nature, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York 11/2-13/5 2016, voice to the video https://vimeo.com/128068322
Museum of New Art, Pärnu, Estland, 31/5-31/8 2015, voice to the video https://vimeo.com/128068322
Open Spaces, Spring Exhibitions, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, 2015, sound installation & sculptures
New Sound Made, Kägelbanan, Stockholm, 2015, sound art installation
Le Réconfort Moderne, LMDP (L´autre Moitié Du Palais), live sound performance with the French artist Anne-Marie Cornu, Poitiers, France, 2014
Galleri Rosa Huset, Gävle, 2013, solo sculpture exhibition
Cabaret IZUS, Stockholm, 2013, live sound performance
LMDP, Supermarket, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, 2013
LMDP, Galerie Sophie Lapalu, Paris, France, 2012, video installation
Haningesalongen, Stockholm, 2001, 2010, group sculpture exhibition
Galleri Kyrkskolan, Österhaninge, 2000, 2007, 2009, solo sculpture exhibition
Nordens Ljus, Stockholm, solo, 2007, solo sculpture exhibition
Galleria Tornabuoni, Firenze, Italy, 2005, group sculpture exhibition
Galleri 5, Kulturhuset, “KKV – En var”, Stockholm, 2004, group sculpture exhibition
Panncentralen Gallery, Mariestad, solo, 2004, solo sculpture exhibition
Galleri Spruthuset, Lindesberg, 2003, group sculpture exhibition
125 kvadrat, Stockholm, 2003, solo sculpture exhibition
Konstnärernas kollektivverkstad, KKV, Nacka, 2002, group sculpture exhibition
Galerie Alex Wiberg, Stockholm, solo, 2002, solo sculpture exhibition
Galleri Hantverket, Stockholm, 2001, group sculpture exhibition
Fredrika Bremer, Årsta Castle, 2001, solo sculpture exhibition
Serge modular synthesizer patching SuperCollider, EMS, 11-26 feb 2023
Patterns in SuperCollider, electronic music programming, EMS, Aug-Dec 2021 https://elektronmusikstudion.se/
Elektro Acoustic Sound Art, EMS/Electronic Music Studio and UniArts, Stockholm Jan-Jun 2021 https://www.uniarts.se/
Härjedalspipa, flute from Härjedalen with Göran Månsson at Folk Flute Academy, Aug. 2020, http://folkfluteacademy.com/zone/en/academy-en/
Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, post graduate project program, 2014-17 https://kkh.se/en/
Global stone workshop in alabaster stone, Volterra, Italy, 2007 https://globalstoneworkshop.com/
Assistant for the sculptor Sam Westerholm, 2002-03 https://www.samwesterholm.se/
Assistant and apprentice for the sculptor Torsten Jurell, 1999-2000 https://www.jurell.com/
Music Theory, Royal College of Music in Stockholm, 1992-93
Nyckelviksskolan, Stockholm, ceramics, 1995-1996 https://nyckelviksskolan.se/
China Academy of Fine Arts, sculpture, Hangzhou, China, 1993-94 https://www.caa.edu.cn/
Holbæk Kunsthøjskole, sculpture and music, Denmark, 1992 https://www.kunsthojskolen.dk/
MA in Chinese Language and Culture, Dept. for East Asian Languages, Stockholm University 1991-97
Classical Chinese and Chinese Literature, Peking University, China, 1997-98
Nordic Literature and Danish, Depart. for Nordic Languages, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 1998-99
Art Courses and Workshops
2014-2017 at Royal Institute of Arts, Stockholm:
Flat Glass Techniques
Cold Casting Glass
Silicon mold making/casting
Welding and Metal Processing
Mixing and Mastering audio and sound files in Soundstudio
Neuroplastique/Soundscapes – Experimental Sound with Stephen Schaum
Photoshop and Prepress, Adobe InDesign
Art Workers web design
Fresco and Secco Mural Techniques
Art History and Art Theory
Moving Sculptural Objects, Harriet Aurell, Stockholm, Aug-Dec 2008
Five Rythms Dance with Guy Barrington resp. Adam Barley, 2007-09
Metal Welding, Alan Bery, Frihamnen, Stockholm, 2005-2007
Hathayoga, Scandinavian Yoga School, Copenhagen/Stockholm 1998-2002 TCM, acupressure and tuina, China Academy of Traditional Medicine, Beijing, China 1997-98 Solo song teaching in Chinese folk song, Beijing, China, 1997-98
Solo voice teaching for song pedagogs, Stockholm, 1992-98.