Various Artists, SCATTER!, 2008. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 08

Various Artists, SCATTER!, 2008. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 08

Various Artists, SCATTER!, 2008. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 08

Various Artists, SCATTER!, 2008. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 08

Various Artists, SCATTER!, 2008. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 08

Various Artists, SCATTER!, 2008. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 08

The closing event of AV Festival 08 took place across two floors of BALTIC. Marko Peljhan, the celebrated Slovenian artist, conducted an audiovisual mapping of the radio landscape in the performance, SCATTER!

As solar radio interference recedes, he and his collaborators scanned the night sky at different frequencies, picking up chatter from passing planes, amateur radio conversations, satellites, digital data streams and natural radio sources. These were then used to create soundscapes and large video projections. Peljhan says SCATTER! is “like opening a large window on the sky.” SCATTER! is the latest in a series of outdoor events Peljhan has created which begin at dusk as the Sun sets, and often end as late as dawn as the Sun remerges as the ascendant in the radio sky.

An artist of unparalleled ambition, Peljhan has worked in the Yuri Gagarin Center for Cosmonaut Training in Star City, Russia and has plans to design and launch a micro-satellite constellation. He received the Prix Ars Electronica for the work Polar, which he co-authored with Carsten Nicolai.  

Biography
Born 1969 in Slovenia, in 1992 Peljhan graduated from the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana. Also in 1992 he founded the arts organisation Projekt Atol and in 1995 Project Atol's technological branch Pact Systems (Projekt Atol Communication Technologies) in which he carried out research in the fields of performance, technology applications, radio, sound, video and film. In 1995 Peljhan co-founded Ljudmila (Ljubljana Digital Media Lab) for which he works as programs co-ordinator. He was also the operations coordinator of the Makrolab project, which was shown at the Documenta X in Kassel. One of his recent projects is Insular Technologies (International Networking System for Universal Long Distance Advanced Radio). Peljhan also co-organised the Beauty and the East nettime conference in Ljubljana in 1997.

Credit
Commissioned by AV Festival 08. Co-produced by Projekt Atol. Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. World Premiere.

Marko Peljhan: SCATTER!

FREE

Sat 8 March 2008, 6-9pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

South Shore Road
Gateshead NE8 3BA
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