Foto: Birgitte Carol Heiberg

Marie Koldkjær Højlund
Composer and researcher, PhD.

“The WHO defines health as more than just the absence of illness. Being healthy also involves mental and social well-being. We cannot separate the physical as a domain that can be cured independently of the rest that gives life meaning and makes us feel fulfilled. We are an ecosystem interacting with our surroundings. However, we have constructed our environment in a way that often does not support this interaction. In the hospital, we only focus on curing the sick physical body, while sensually, socially, and mentally, we are put on hold. At a symphony concert, we aim to be aesthetically and mentally fulfilled, preferably forgetting that we have a physical and social body. I want to work towards creating spaces that support the fact that we are always both sensing, thinking, and physically present – in interaction with others. This requires an interdisciplinary and cross-aesthetic approach, and that is why I am so pleased to have worked together with healthcare professionals, patients, and relatives, as well as our artist group in Studio Poesis, in places like delivery rooms, to create spaces that can meet and accommodate the whole person.”



Marie Koldkjær Højlund


Carl Nielsen & Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen award, 2023
Reumert 2018, (theater critics’ awards)
Steppeulv 2007, (music critics’ awards)

CV and projects

Marie is an award-winning musician, composer, sound artist, and researcher, specializing in creating site-specific listening experiences. In her work, she has been involved with sensory concerts and sound design as part of a mental health-promoting treatment. Marie has written her PhD titled: “Overhearing: An Attuning Approach to Noise in Danish Hospitals” and is employed as an associate professor at Aarhus University in the field of Audio Design. Marie is also part of the sound art studio: The Overheard.

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Foto: Birgitte Carol Heiberg

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