Closing Keynote Talk

Marko Peljhan. Sensing Remotely – A Systemics Arsenal

The talk will discuss the landscape of systemic strategies that have been and are currently being developed in the framework of multiple art, tactical media, engineering and science initiatives, from the Makrolab series, Arctic Perspective Initiative to Isolabs.

Marko Peljhan is a theatre and radio director, conceptual artist, tactical media worker and researcher and lives and works between California and Europe. He founded and co-founded several still active arts organizations in the 90’s such as Projekt Atol and one of the first media labs in Eastern Europe LJUDMILA. From 1994 on he works on Makrolab, a project that focuses on telecommunications, migrations and weather systems research at an intersection of art/science/engineering; among others he co-founded the Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation in 2002 and in 2008 with fellow artist and colleague Matthew Biederman the Arctic Perspective Initiative. He is the recipient of many prizes for his work, including the 2001 Golden Nica Prize at Ars Electronica with Carsten Nicolai and his work has been exhibited internationally at multiple biennales (Venice, Lyon, Istanbul, Gwangju, Johannesburg, Moscow…) exhibitions and festivals, such as documenta, ISEA, Ars Electronica and museums and art institutions worldwide (YCAM, ICC-NT, PS.1. MOMA, GARAGE…). He serves as professor and director of the Systemics Lab located in the California Nano Systems Institute and since 2017 serves as chair of the Media Arts and Technology Program at the University of California Santa Barbara. He also serves as the coordinator of international cooperation for SPACE-SI Slovenian Centre for Space Sciences and Technologies and editor at large of the music label rx:tx. In the radio spectrum he is known as S54MX.