Morten Sondergaard named curator for 2025 MOMENTUM

Morten Sondergaard

The 13th edition of the MOMENTUM biennale will be an investigation and celebration of sound and an exploration of the relations between the natural and cultural worlds of Moss, Norway.

The biennale is organized by Galleri F 15, which is delighted to announce Morten Søndergaard as head curator for the 2025 edition.

This is the first biennale led by the new Director of Galleri F 15 and MOMENTUM, Lise Pennington, who notes: “We have long aspired to connect our audiences with the world of sound art. We are therefore thrilled to announce that Morten Søndergaard, an expert in the field, will be curating the next MOMENTUM biennale, together with an advisory group encompassing a diverse range of expertise. We can’t wait to welcome visitors, and share both deep insights and immersive experiences in the realm of sound art.”

MOMENTUM 13 will take place during the summer of 2025. This edition will be a sonic biennale, a movement and moment focused within the (ultra)local, inspired by, and highlighting its human and non-human inhabitants, in the city, forest, fjords and cultural landscape of Jeløy and Moss. The participating artists will take local environments and localities as their impetus and inspiration for further explorations.

Morten Søndergaard explains: “MOMENTUM 13 will resonate across five zones of sonic encounters that pick up the hidden and quiet, silent, and invisible; the excluded and disappeared places, processes, and objects. Through participatory listening, visitors will be offered opportunities to reflect on sound as a means of social, historical, personal, cultural, and natural construction of meaning.”

The MOMENTUM biennale was established in 1998 and is organised and produced by Galleri F 15 in Moss, Norway. For over two decades, MOMENTUM has consistently supported compelling curatorial vision and operated as a platform for exploring the exhibition format, both in the Nordic context and with an international perspective.

About the curator
Morten Søndergaard is an internationally acclaimed sound art curator and professor of sound and media art at Aalborg University, Denmark, who works with sound in transdisciplinary, creative, theoretical, and curatorial settings. Previously a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Denmark (1998–2008), he has curated numerous exhibitions and archives of sound art internationally, including at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany; Kiasma in Helsinki, Finland; Rupertinum in Salzburg and Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria; FILE in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Eyebeam in New York, USA; Utzon Center in Aalborg, Aarhus Kunsthal, and Struer City of Sound, Denmark. He is the co-founder of the conference series POM Politics of Machines (since 2018); ISACS–Sound Art Curating Series (2011–2017); and RE:SOUND (since 2019). Søndergaard has also published several books, chapters, and journal articles exploring the cultures, histories and curation of artistic practices at the intersection of media, technology, and sound.

MOMENTUM 13 takes place from June 14 to October 12, 2025.

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