The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts supports embedded arts research through critical exchange

UCIRA Co-Director Marko Peljhan featured at Master of Public Art Studies “Critical Conversations” at USC

when: 2011-01-18, starts at 12:00pm
where: USC

Jan 18th, 2011
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lecture Forum
Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007


“Critical Conversations” features talks by visiting artists, curators, theorists, art historians, writers, organizers, activists, architects and other types of cultural producers, who engage in critical, open, rigorous conversations with the graduate students, and other attending members of the public. Notions/realities of public space, and the cultural politics of the public sphere, are explored from various disciplinary and ideological perspectives, so that the classroom becomes a potential locus of authentic public domain experience: a place wherein multiple discursive positions are brought into contact, even into moments of productive friction, and new knowledge is generated.

A native of Slovenia and a theatre and radio director by profession, UCIRA Co-Director Marko Peljhan founded the arts and technology organization Projekt Atol in the early ’90s and cofounded one of the first media labs in Eastern Europe, LJUDMILA in 1995. In the same year, the 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. He has been working on the Makrolab, a unique project that focuses on telecommunications, migrations, and weather systems research in an intersection of art and science, from 1997 to 2007, the Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation during the International Polar Year (project 417), and 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. Peljhan has also been the flight director of ten art/science 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. He is the recipient of many prizes for his work, including the 2001 Golden Nica Prize at Ars Electronica together with Carsten Nicolai for their work, 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 was exhibited internationally at multiple biennales and festivals (Venice, Gwangju, Brussels, Manifesta, Johannesburg), at the documenta X in Kassel, several ISEA exhibitions, several Ars Electronica presentations and major museums, such as the P.S.1 MOMA, New Museum of Contemporary Art, ICC NTT Tokyo, YCAM Yamaguchi and others. From 2009 on he has been one of the series editors of the Arctic Perspective Cahiers series (Hatje Cantz). He holds joint appointments in 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 UC Institute for Research in the Arts in 2009, where he is coordinating the art/science integrative methodologies initiative.

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