International Festival
of Computer Arts

Marko Peljhan

Marko Peljhan (1969) founded the non-profit art institution Projekt Atol in 1994, and was a co-founder of the Ljubljana-based new-media laboratory Ljudmila a year later. He first presented one of his best-known projects, Makrolab, at Documenta 10 in 1997 and at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. Over the past 25 years his work has been exhibited and awarded numerous awards at multiple biennials and festivals (Venice, Gwangju, Brussels, Manifesta, Johannesburg, Istanbul), at several ISEA and Ars Electronica exhibitions and in major museums, including MoMA PS1, New Museum of Contemporary Art, ICC NTT Tokyo, YCAM Yamaguchi, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, and the Garage Museum in Moscow, among others. He was the first Slovene artist to win the Golden Nica prize at Ars Electronica in 2001 for the project polar, produced together with the German artist Carsten Nicolai. Since 2008 Peljhan has also been collaborating with the American-Canadian artist Matthew Biederman in coordinating the Arctic Perspective Initiative, a project focused on the global significance of the Arctic’s geopolitical, natural and cultural spheres that was presented at the 2011 exhibition Coded Utopia in Moderna galerija in Ljubljana. In addition, Peljhan also works as a researcher and Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, holding joint appointments with the Department of Art and the Media Arts & Technology graduate program. He has been a board member and international coordinator of the Slovenian Centre of Excellence for Space Sciences and Technologies, and has been actively involved in space and aeronautics research and space culturization since 1998. In the radio spectrum he is known as S54MX.