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Kjartan Abel is a sound designer, music composer and immersive installation artist. His art explores the connection between technology and creativity, combining digital tools with traditional media. Kjartan Abel graduated from The Slade School of Fine Art with an MFA in Fine Art Media and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Kingston University. Kjartan Abel also composes original music and soundscapes for a variety of media projects, including YouTube videos, podcasts, television shows, games, art installations and for feature films. Creatively influenced by the likes of Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, KOTO, Laserdance, and Røyksopp, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk to name a few. Visit the Music Library for more details!

Work experience

2016 – d.d. Østfoldmuseene
Digital Transformation Consultant, Editor and Exhibition Consultant.

2010 – 2016 Public Art Norway (KORO)
Digital Consultant and Superadmin for Primus (a collection management tool for museums)

2004 – 2007 Freelance photographer
Photographer for Bonnier Media magazine Max Power and Woman.

2002 – d.d. Idéfarmen
Mid-stack WordPress, HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL freelancer

2002 – 2006
Webmaster for online Lifestyle magazine.

2002 – 2003 FAST Search & Transfer ASA

2000 – 2001 Radio Tango
Multimedia developer

1998 – 1999 Nordialog
Sales assistant and technician

1992 – 1994 NRK-TV
Sound assistant

1991 – 1992 Radio Oslofjord
Sound assistant


2007 – 2009 Slade School of Fine Art, University College London
MFA in Fine Art New Media

2005 – 2007 Kingston University, BA(Hons) Fine Art
First Class (A) Hons

1995 -1998 Norsk Lydskole
Two year Foundation course.

2003 – 2005 Strykejernet Art school
Audio engineering and music theory course.


2009 Graduate Degree show
Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK

2009 Research Images As Art 2009
UCL(University College London), London, UK

2009 Nothing but the voice
Woburn Square Studios, London, UK

2008 Notation
Woburn Square Studios, London, UK

2008 The Body Project
Woburn Square Studios, London, UK

2008 Curated the exhibition “Demoscene”
Galleri brenneriet, Oslo, Norway

2008 COSM, UCL Observatory
University College London, London, UK

2008 Kunstvlaai A.P.I,
Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2008 Norskart
Menier Chocolate Factory, London, UK

2007 Existential Computing
Hayward Gallery, London, UK

2007 LollipopManBlues
Nolias gallery, London, UK

2005 Homeless
Waterloo Underpass, London, UK

2005 Utdanningsmessen
Norges Varemesse, Lillestrøm, Norway

2004 Group Show
Smuget, Oslo, Norway


2009 Introduction to Content Management Systems
The Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK

2008 Introduction to Demoscene
Galleri Brenneriet, Oslo, Norway

2008 Interactive Art
Galleri Brenneriet, Oslo, Norway

2008 Workshop on Interactive Art
Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK


2009 The Julian Sullivan Award
2005 Strykejernet Kunstskole Scholarship


2009 Utopia project, ASFA in Rethymnon, Crete
2008 Residency through the LITTORAL trust at Kurt Schwitters Merzbau site, Cylinders Merzbau, Ambleside, UK


2009 Landing Space