Global Studies Colloquium: "The Arctic Perspective Initiative and the Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation"

Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm

The Department of Global Studies' Colloquium Series is a lecture and lunch series, which has been made possible by the generosity of the Orfalea Endowment for the Master's Program in Global Studies.  The Colloquium Series strives to open and explore a wide range of interdisciplinary debates and their interaction and engagement with the global, hosting new guest speakers each quarter from UCSB and beyond.  The upcoming event will be hosted in the SSMS 2001 conference room in the Global Studies Department on Thursday, October 17th at 12:30pm. Please see below for the featured talk:

Marko Peljhan, UCSB Media Arts and Technology, Chair
"The Arctic Perspective Initiative and the Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation"

The lecture will present a body of work and situations that Peljhan and his collaborators have been involved in over the past 20 years with a specific focus on the Earth's Polar Regions, probing the margins of technology, ecological thought, autonomy, privacy and biosphere strategies. Taking advantage of the notion of “systemics”, Peljhan will show some of the structural background of his past, current and future endeavors. 
Marko Peljhan is a theatre and radio director, conceptual artist and researcher. He (co) founded several still active arts organizations in the 90's such as Projekt Atol and one of the first media labs in Eastern Europe LJUDMILA. From 1994 on he worked on Makrolab, which focuses on telecommunications, migrations and weather systems research in an intersection of art/science/engineering; the Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation during the International Polar Year (2007-2009) and The Arctic Perspective Initiative. He is the recipient of many prizes for his work, including the 2001 Golden Nica Prize at Ars Electronica with Carsten Nicolai and his work has been exhibited at multiple biennales (Venice, Lyon, Istanbul, Gwangju) and festivals, at Documenta, ISEA, Ars Electronica and museums and art institutions worldwide (YCAM, ICC-NT, PS.1. MOMA, GARAGE). He serves as professor and director of the MAT Systemics Lab at the University of California Santa Barbara, the Chair of the Media Arts and Technology program at UCSB, the coordinator of international cooperation of the SPACE-SI Slovenian Centre for Space Sciences and Technologies and editor at large of the music label rx:tx. In the radio spectrum he is known as S54MX. He is currently representing the Republic of Slovenia at the 58th International Art Exhibition, Biennale Arte 2019 in Venice, Italy. 

For more information, please contact Professor Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Global Studies Colloquium Director:

Social Sciences and Media Studies, Conference Room 2001 (2nd Floor) UCSB Global Studies Dept, Social Sciences & Media Studies Building, 2nd Floor

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Target Audience

Graduate Students, Faculty & Staff


Social Sciences


global studies, colloquium


Global Studies
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