David Bermant Foundation
25 May 2024 - 10:00am

'In the Belly of the Beast - Southern California Art, Technology, Science and Society Nexus- A Historical Landscape'

Speaker: Marko Peljhan
Responders: Darko Fritz, Andreas Broeckmann, and Patrick McCray

Marko Peljhan is a distinguished artist, researcher, and professor whose work spans the fields of art, technology, and science. Born in 1969 in Slovenia, he has significantly contributed to new media art through his innovative projects and research. Peljhan co-founded the arts and technology organization Projekt Atol in 1992 and played a crucial role in establishing the Ljubljana-based new-media laboratory Ljudmila a year later.
One of his most notable projects is Makrolab, an autonomous communications and research laboratory focused on weather, climate, telecommunications and migrations research, First presented at Documenta X in Kassel in 1997. Makrolab has since operated in various locations around the world, including Western Australia, Venetian Lagoon and the Scottish Highlands. Peljhan's work often addresses themes of surveillance, geopolitics, and environmental issues. 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...). In 2019 he was the representative of the Republic of Slovenia at the Venice Biennale with the work "Here we go again...SYSTEM-317".
Since 2002, Peljhan also serves as professor and director of the Systemics Lab located in the California Nano Systems Institute at UCSB, he was co-director of the UC Wide Institute for Research in the Arts from 2008-2014 and from 2017-2022 he served as Chair of the Media Arts and Technology Graduate Program at the University of California Santa Barbara. He also served as the coordinator of international cooperation for SPACE-SI Slovenian Centre for Space Sciences and Technologies and helped to conceive and launch the first Slovenian remote sensing satellite, NEMO-HD in 2020. He is also editor at large of the music label rx:tx and is known to operate in the radio spectrum as S54MX.


COLOR, LIGHT, MOTION is an online series featuring media artists and scholars in dialogue about artworks from the Bermant Collection of media and kinetic arts. Each featured presenter will discuss selected artworks in history and context and in relation to their own work and connections. This series is produced in collaboration with Harvestworks NY and the David Bermant Foundation.

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