Marko Peljhan
Projekt Atol/UCSB

Marko Peljhan will present an overview of the network centric principles and paradigms as delineated in the strategic documents of the UKUSA defense policies. Particular emphasis will be given on network modeling and data prediction flows and the usage and regulatory practices in regards to the radio segment of the electromagnetic spectrum. Methods, techniques, technologies and defenses will be presented and discussed.
The lecture will also include the explanation of the Utopian roots of the Makrolab 1997-2007 project and the overview of its potential future, including the development of the architecture and autonomy systems,
telecommunications infrastructure, tactical media initiatives and plans for the set up of a transnational research facility and base and the corresponding network centric infrastructure in the Dronning Maudland area of Antarctica. One of the main driving principles behind the project, the s.c. CONVERSION (military-civilian-military) will be discussed in detail and in the context of the network centric paradigm shift.

Marko Peljhan, born 1969, studied theatre and radio directing at the University of Ljubljana. In 1992 he founded Projekt Atol, in 1995 its technological branch Pact Systems and in 1995 he co-founded Ljudmila - Ljubljana Digital Media Lab. From 1997 on he is coordinating the Makrolab project (1997-2007) and the Insular Technologies initiative. From 1999 on he served as the flight director of seven art/science related parabolic flights with the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training
Center in Zvyozdny Gorodok. In 2000 he received the special Medienkunst prize at the ZKM and in 2001 the Golden Nica Prix Ars Electronica together with Carsten Nicolai for their work Polar. In 2004 Makrolab was awarded the second prize of the Unesco Digital Media Art Award. His work has been presented at major international exhibitions and institutions, such as Documenta, Venice biennale, Gwangju Biennale, PS1 MOMA, Manifesta, NTT ICC and others.
He is currently Associate Professor of interdisciplinary studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, the director of Projekt Atol and co-director of the Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation.

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