The MediaSCAPES program at SCI-Arc will host a lecture with Professor Marko Peljhan of UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, October 28 at 12pm. Dubbed Coded Utopia, the lecture will center on Makrolab, a unique mobile laboratory project, focusing on telecommunications, migrations and weather systems in an intersection of art and science.
Peljhan holds a joint appointment with the Department of Art and the Media Arts & Technology graduate program at UC Santa Barbara. A theatre and radio director by profession, he co-founded the Ljudmila digital media lab in Slovenia and is active in numerous tactical media communities. He founded the arts and technology organisation Projekt Atol, the music label rx:tx and currently coordinates the Makrolab project.
His work has been featured in published contemporary art anthologies (Fresh Cream, Art Tommorow) and extensively online and has been installed internationally including the Venice, Gwangju and Johannesburg Biennials, Documenta, Ars Electronica, ISEA, Manifesta, and numerous other exhibitions and museums, in Europe, Asia and the US among them P.S.1 Moma and the New Museum in New York. In 2000 he received the special Medienkunst prize at the ZKM in Karlsruehe and in 2001 the Golden Nica Prize at Ars Electronica together with Carsten Nicolai for their work, Polar, produced at the Canon Artlab in Tokyo in 2000.
Peljhan's performances have been shown in theatres across Europe and large scale events during two Cultural Capital of Europe event series. He currently serves on the strategic council for information society of the Republic of Slovenia and is active in the Microgravity Interdisciplinary Research initiative, coordinating and flight directing microgravity and space-art related experiments with the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Russia and in Europe within the MIR network.
Peljhan holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.