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UCIRA Co-Director Marko Peljhan interviewed for Arctic Perspective Initiative (API) and API book reviews

Co-founded by UCIRA Co-Director, Marko Peljhan, The Arctic Perspective Initiative (API) aims to empower local citizens of the North via open and free media, communications and sensing technologies. It comprises an international group of individuals and non-profit organisations. Arctic Perspective highlights the cultural, geopolitical and ecological significance of the Arctic and its indigenous cultures. In collaboration with the people of Igloolik and other communities in Nunavut, Canada, artists and architects are devising a mobile media and living unit and infrastructure, powered by renewable energy sources, which can be used for nomadic dwelling environmental monitoring and media based work “on the land”, away from the establisehd Arctic settlements. The API partners include HMKV (Germany), Projekt Atol (Slovenia), C-TASC (Canada), Lorna (Iceland) and The Arts Catalyst (UK). API is the brainchild of artists Marko Peljhan and Matthew Biederman. The API project website is at, giving details of the process of the project, including the team’s visits to Igloolik, Foxe Basin and other Inuit communities in Nunavut, Arctic Canada, the international open architecture competition to design the media unit, and the construction of the prototype unit.

Recently, NMP (No More Potlucks) spoke with Matthew Biederman and Marko Peljhan about The Arctic Perspective, the group’s vision, some of their projects, and how they get it all done. Please click HERE for the full interview.

Also, We Make Money Not Art reviewed API’s Cahier No. 1 and No. 2 books. Click HERE for the full reviews.

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