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UCIRA Co-Director Marko Peljhan presents at Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia

CODED UTOPIA – from Makrolab to the Arctic Perspective Initiative

Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia 29.3. – 8.5. 2011

The history of the Makrolab project (1997-2007) will be presented for the first time in its entirety in a museum setting.

The exhibition will present the history of the Makrolab architectures, documentation of its genesis and ten year of operation and an art historical articulation of this complex project, from its origin through its first materialisation at documenta X in Kassel to its transition into the projects Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation and the Arcitc Perspective Initiative at both Earth’s poles.

The Makrolab project is one of the most significant art projects to have originated in Slovenian context in the last two decades. This exhibition will for the first time present it to the Slovenian general public, since the project is much better known internationally than it is at home. The final phase of this process will be the construction of Makrolab’s working architecture and systems in Slovena, as a work of art and a laboratory instrument for the study of tactical media, arts, ecology, radio communications and atmospheric physics.

The exhibition will also include a presentation of the artworks and archives that are part of the Arctic Perspective Initiative (API) project, which was first presented as part of the European Capital of Culture Ruhr 2010 in Dortmund, Germany. API is an international non-profit initiative made up of individuals and organisations who are trying to raise public awareness about the cultural and ecological significance of the circumpolar regions and to establish open systems of creativity, communications and districution infrastructures in these regions. One of the main objectives of the initiative is to create conditions through which the northern and Arctic peoples, with the help of technologies and systems of creativity, teaching and training, will be albe to collaborate equally and sustainably in the aqusition and exchange of data and information about the environment and the changes in it that are the result of global climate and sociopolitical changes.

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