PRESENTING PARTNER: Pasadena Arts Council

AxS Festival 2014 | CURIOSITY is proud to welcome renowned artist/scientist Marko Peljhan with a talk about his work in the Arctic Lab.

MARKO PELHJAN - ARCTIC LAB 2Mr. Peljhan is the recipient of many prizes for his work, including the 2001 Golden Nica Prize at Ars Electronica together with Carsten Nicolai for polar, and the UNESCO Digital Media Prize for Makrolab in 2004. In 2008 Peljhan was appointed as one of the European Union Ambassadors of Intercultural dialogue. His work has been exhibited internationally at biennales and festivals (Venice, Gwangju, Brussels, Manifesta, Johannesburg, Istanbul), at the documenta X in Kassel — as well as at Ars Electronica presentations and major museums such as the P.S.1 MOMA, New Museum of Contemporary Art, ICC NTT Tokyo, YCAM Yamaguchi, Van Abbemuseum and others.

Marko Peljhan founded the arts and technology organization Projekt Atol in the early 90’s and co-founded LJUDMILA in 1995 — one of the first media labs in Eastern Europe. In the same year he founded the technology branch of Projekt Atol, called PACT SYSTEMS, where he developed one of the first Global Positioning Systems based participatory networked mapping projects, the Urban Colonisation and Orientation Gear 144.

Together with Matthew Biederman, Peljhan is currently coordinating the Arctic Perspective Initiative art/science/tactical media project focused on the global significance of the Arctic geopolitical, natural and cultural spheres. Other projects include Makrolab (1997-2007), a project that focuses on telecommunications, migrations and weather systems research in an intersection of art and science, and the Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation during the International Polar Year (project 417).

Peljhan has also been the flight director of ten parabolic experimental flights in collaboration with the Microgravity Interdisciplinary Research initiative and the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, creating conditions for artists to work in alternating gravity conditions. During the series of World projects, he has installed several communications mapping and interception systems and projects and his research led him to map the command and control communications networks and response during the Srebrenica genocide.

Since 2009 Peljhan has been one of the series editors of the Arctic Perspective Cahiers series (Hatje Cantz and API). He holds joint appointments with the Department of Art and the Media Arts & Technology graduate program at the University of California Santa Barbara, and was appointed as Co-Director of the University of California system-wide Institute for Research in the Arts in 2009, where he is coordinating the art/science Integrative methodologies initiative.  He is also the director of the MAT Systemics Lab, located in Elings Hall.

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