SPEKTR Z & Marko Peljhan: Oculos Super Ignes Vigilantes Volavimus


Exhibition opening: February 29th 2024 at 7 PM
Exhibition dates: March 1 & 4–6 | 4–8 PM

SPEKTR Z – Sensor Polygon for Electromagnetism, Communication, Technology, Research and Sensing is a hybrid mobile laboratory which started operating in July 2022, during the devastating fires in the Karst region, the largest natural fire in Slovenia’s recent history. The laboratory is of a hybrid nature, consisting of modules and equipment for remote sensing, reception and processing systems for sensor data. Also, a special department of the laboratory is devoted to public presentations of activities and cooperation with tactical media workers, artists, creative and high-tech industry, research as well as state institutions.

Oculos Super Ignes Vigilantes Volavimus uses the Common Data Processing and Display Unit (CDPDU), a data display and processing architecture built to open hardware and software standards, developed within the Arctic Perspective Initiative.

Supported by: Supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana, Department for Culture, GO! 2025 Nova Gorica and konS ≡ platform for contemporary research arts.

Partners 2022: C-ASTRAL, Slovenia Forest Service, The Slovenian Armed Forces, The Slovenian Forestry Institute, IOS – Institute for Environmental protection and Sensors, Civil Protection, Triglav National Park, Vesolje-SI and Institute of Anthropological and Spatial Studies ZRC SAZU, Department of Remote Sensing.



Marko Peljhan

Marko Peljhan is a theatre and radio director, conceptual artist and researcher. He founded and 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, a project that focuses on telecommunications, migrations and weather systems research in an intersection of art/science/engineering; the Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation 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 internationally 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.

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