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Projekt Atol, Zavod za umetniško produkcijo, posredovanje in založništvo, Ljubljana
Ane Ziherlove 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 425 4006
Fax386 (0) 1 425 4006
Marko Peljhan, Director
Uroš Veber, Project manager
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Past Events
  • 24 January to 2 February 2020
    Lost Space: Oceans by Robertina Šebjanič and William Russell with musical contributions from FLORA (Jonas V. Ronnberg, Anna Melina) and additional sound sculpting by Tillman Jex at the Sonic Cinema Platform, supported by the Projekt Atol Institute, at MONOM in Berlin, Germany
    programme organiser
  • 5 September to 9 September 2019
    Maja Smrekar's exhibition Survival Kit for the Anthropocene - Trailer, produced by Aksioma Institute, in the frame of the exhibition Postnature. The Future is Present; Star Valley by Marko Peljhan (Projekt Atol Institute, attending several panels) and Matthew Biederman; and the project Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator 2.0 by Robertina Šebjanič, also attending the panel Paradoxes and Obstacles in Maintaining and Staging Alive Biomedia Art, at the Ars Electronica Linz at Gallery Space in Linz, Austria
    programme organiser
  • 11 May to 24 November 2019
    A project by Marko Peljhan (Projekt Atol Institute), curated by Igor Španjol, produced by Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, and supported by the Ministry of Culture at the La Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition at Arsenale in Venice, Italy
    programme organiser
  • 23 March to 5 May 2019
    The interactive sound installation Time Displacement: Chemobrionic Garden by Robertina Šebjanič, Aleš Hieng – Zeron and Ida Hiršenfelder (Projekt Atol Institute, Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory) at Rostock Art Gallery in Rostock, Germany
    programme organiser
  • 16 November 2018 to 25 January 2019
    Reading Stanley Brown by Tao Vrhovec Sambolec, co-produced by Projekt Atol Institute and Sploh Institute, featured at a group exhibition Escape, at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia
  • 5 May to 29 June 2018
    Dark Drops by Robertina Šebjanič and Time Displacement / Chemobrionic Garden by Robertina Šebjanič, Aleš Hieng - Zergon, and Ida Hiršenfelder (Projekt Atol Institute, Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory), at Esc medien kunst labor in Graz/Gradec, Austria
  • 7 September to 11 September 2017
    AI – The Other I, a symposium moderated also by Jurij Krpan (Kapelica Gallery), POINT ZERO – Human.0, Machine.0, Data.0, a group exhibition featuring Until I die by :vtol::, a screening of Nighthawk by Špela Čadež, produced by Finta and supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, We Should Take Nothing for Granted! Listening Conditions for an Alert and Knowledgeable Citizenry by Matthew Biederman and Marko Peljhan and produced by Projekt Atol Institute, and Semiotics of the Laboratory by Špela Petrič, Günter Seyfried, Roland van Dierendonck, Miha Turšič and Slavko Glamočanin at the Ars Electronica Festival Linz at Ars Electronica Center, Moviemento Movie, PostCity in Linz, Austria
    programme organiser
  • 11 May to 2 July 2017
    You Gotta Say Yes to Another Access, an exhibition featuring a work from the collection Rhythms of Presence by Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, co-produced by Projekt Atol Institute and Sploh Institute, at Sala del Camino - Campo S. Cosmo in Venice, Italy
  • 6 May to 13 May 2017
    Command-Alternative-Escape, an exhibition featuring a work from the collection Rhythms of Presence by Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, co-produced by Projekt Atol Institute and Sploh Institute, at Thetis Garden in Venice, Italy
  • 1 February to 5 February 2017
    An audio-video performance and workshops by the Theremidi Orchestra, produced by Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory and Projekt Atol Institute in cooperation with Werkstatt ThoughtWorks Berlin and SPEKTRUM and organised in cooperation with the Slovenian Cultural Centre in Berlin and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Berlin, at Spektrum, Werkstatt Berlin in Berlin, Germany
  • 8 September to 18 September 2016
    Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator by Robertina Šebjanič and Slavko Glamičanin at the CyberArts exhibition, Time Displacement / Chemobrionic Garden by Robertina Šebjanič, Aleš Hieng and Ida Hiršenfelder (Projekt Atol Institute, Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory), Miserable Machines: Soot-o-mat by Špela Petrič, and Anatomy of Frozen Genesis by Dean Verzel at OK im OÖ Kulturquartier in Linz, Austria
  • 1 September to 21 September 2016
    Rhythms of Presence, a solo exhibition by Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, co-produced by Projekt Atol Institute and Sploh Institute, at Bergen Public Library, Lydgalleriet, Rom8 Project Space in Bergen, Norway
  • 23 August to 28 August 2016
    Light Oscilator by Tilen Sepič (Strip Core/Forum Ljubljana) at the Bella Skyway Festival, co-organised the Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory and Projekt Atol Institute, at Theatre "Baj Pomorski" in Toruń, Poland
  • 14 July to 24 October 2016
    System 67 – Immaterial, an acoustic-spatial installation by Marko Peljhan, at the exhibition Let’s Talk about the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis, co-produced by Projekt Atol Institute, at Sursock Museum in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 11 September to 13 September 2015
    Projects In parallel by Natalija Črncec and Nina Šulin, Soundlighter by Izland (Gašper Milkovič Biloslav and Marko Vivoda) and jesusonecstasy aka Mitja Cerkvenik (Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory and Projekt Atol Institute), and the workshop Clouds by Tilen Sepič (Strip Core / Forum Ljubljana) at the festival Lumina at Galeria da Marina, Jardim da Igreja Paroquial, Pavilhão Multiusos in Cascais, Portugal
  • 2 November 2014
    Designers in Dialogue:The Future is?, a discussion also featuring Arctic Perspective Initiative (Projekt Atol Institute), at the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial at Galata Greek Primary School in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 22 October 2014 to 4 January 2015
    The collection of works Arctic Perspective Initiative (Projekt Atol Institute) at La Biennale de Montréal at Musee d'Art Contemporain in Montreal, Canada
  • 26 September to 9 November 2014
    We Should Take Nothing for Granted, an audio-visual installation and performance set of works by Aljoša Abrahamsberg, Matthew Biederman, Brian Springer, and Marko Peljhan (Projekt Atol Institute), at the Pittsburgh Biennial 2014 at Space in Pittsburgh, USA
  • 10 September to 15 September 2014
    Sound Happens in the Group, a workshop by Theremidi Orchestra (Ljudmila - Ljubljana Digital Media Lab and Projekt Atol Institute) at Eyebeam in New York, USA
  • 19 July to 28 September 2014
    Arctic Perspective Initiative by Marko Peljhan (Projekt Atol Institute) and Matthew Biedermann at the Sapporo International Art Festival at Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Walkway (Chi-Ka-Ho) in Sapporo, Japan
  • 15 May to 3 August 2014
    Hu.M.C.C. m.k.2 (Human Molecular Colonization Capacity) by Maja Smrekar, Wheat and Rope by OHO, and We should take nothing for granted by Marko Peljhan, Aljoša Abrahamsberg, Brian Springer, and Matthew Biederman (Projekt Atol Institute), at the FIELDS Exhibition and Art+Communication Festival at Latvian National Arts Museum in Riga, Latvia
  • 6 February to 23 February 2014
    Marko Peljhan (Projekt Atol Institute) and Matthew Biederman present ᐃᐱᒃᑐᖅ (Ipiktuq): Augmented senses across sea, tundra and ice (Arctic Perspective Initiative) at the Yebizo Festival at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, Japan
  • 12 December 2013 to 15 February 2014
    Arctic Perspective Initiative by Marko Peljhan (Projekt Atol Institute) and Matthew Biedermann (workshops and discussions 13,14 Dec) at the Ice Laboratory exhibition at the 5th Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art at LABORATORIA Art&Science Space in Moscow, Russia
    programme organiser
  • 11 October to 15 November 2013
    Jože Barši, Jasmina Cibic and a project Arctic Perspective Initiative: Sea, Tundra and Ice Papers by Marko Peljhan and Matthew Biederman (Projekt Atol Institute) at the 54th October Salon at Zepter Expo in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 6 August 2013
    Marko Peljhan's (Projekt Atol Institute)keynote talk at the Kosmica festival, at Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 3 August to 13 October 2013
    Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration, a joint exhibition co-curated by Marko Peljhan, featuring also Slovene artists and organisations Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT), Trieste Constructivist Cabinet, Nejc Trošt, Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet, Projekt Atol Institute at Museum of Art and History (MOAH) in Lancastre, USA
  • 17 July to 30 July 2013
    Spektr collective (Projekt Atol Institute), participants: Aljoša Abrahamsberg, Matthew Biederman, Marko Peljhan, Brian Springer), artists-in-residence working on transmission arts, public presentations at Wave Farm in New York, USA
  • 23 March 2013
    Resilients - Hotel Resileints project presentation, Uroš Veber, (Projekt Atol Institute) in Brussels, Belgium
  • 19 January to 18 May 2013
    Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration, a joint exhibition also featuring Slovene artists and organisations: Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT), Trieste Constructivist Cabinet, Nejc Trošt, Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet, Projekt Atol Institute, and curated by Marko Peljhan at California Museum of Photography, Culver Center of the Arts & Sweeney Art Gallery in Riverside (CA), USA
  • 9 June to 16 September 2012
    A screening of the film The Radiant by the Otolith Group and co-produced by the Projekt Atol Institute during dOCUMENTA (13) at Bali Kino in Kassel, Germany
  • 10 May to 25 June 2012
    The Source - Virtual Hole Sun 1:1, an exhibition by Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, co-produced by Projekt Atol Institute and Kapelica Gallery at The Netherlands Media Art Institute in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 15 September to 31 December 2011
    The Arctic Perspective Initiative in La Sucrière at the Biennale de Lyon in Lyon, France
  • 27 May to 30 October 2011
    1st TIME MACHINE Biennial of Contemporary Art with the participation of Marko Peljhan and Tobias Putrih at D-0 ARK Underground in Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 8 December 2010
    Marko Peljhan, Projekt Atol Institute participates at the Confounding Expectations: Images, Surveillance and Power conference organised by The Aperture Foundation, the photography department in the School of Art, Media and Technology and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at 7pm at Tishman Auditorium - The New School in New York, USA
  • 3 December 2010 to 16 January 2011
    Territory 1995 installation by Marko Peljhan at Salon of Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 13 November 2010 to 6 February 2011
    Polar m [mirrored] installation by Projekt Atol Institute by Carsten Nicolai and Marko Peljhan at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) in Yamaguchi, Japan
  • 23 September 2010 to 11 January 2011
    Marko Peljhan (Projekt Atol Institute) participates in Serbia, frequently asked questions, an exhibition organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade (EUNIC project) at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York in New York, USA
  • 18 June to 10 October 2010
    Arctic Perspective exhibition by Projekt Atol Institute with Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) at Phoenix Halle in Dortmund, Germany

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Projekt Atol is a non-profit cultural institution founded in 1992 by Slovene conceptual and new media artist Marko Peljhan and officially registered in 1994. Its activities range from art production to scientific research and technological prototype development and production. The technological arm of Projekt Atol, called PACT Systems (Projekt Atol Communication Technologies), was founded in 1995, and the flight operations branch, Projekt Atol Flight Operations, was founded in 1999 to support art and cultural activities in the atmosphere, in orbit, and beyond.

Projekt Atol serves as the institutional, financial and logistics support frame for several projects and initiatives, such as its Makrolab project and the recent Arctic Perspective Initiative.

Marko Peljhan represented Slovenia at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019.


As of 2012, Projekt Atol Institute runs a joint programme of regular artists residencies, workshops and new media art projects together with the Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory. Since 2015, Projekt Atol and Ljudmila have been also responsible for the week-long 'hack-camp', called PIFcamp.

In 2018 Projekt Atol Institute initiated the Feral Labs Network, in partnership with Makery/Digital Art International (FR), Catch/Helsingør Kommune (DK), SCHMIEDE HALLEIN – Verein zur Förderung der digitalen Kultur (AT), Bioart Society (FI) and Radiona (HR). The programme is co-funded by the EU Creative Europe Programme.


Projekt Atol is probably best known for its Makrolab project which in the period 1994–2007 grew into a complex set of technological, political and environmental activities and researches. The project has won its initiator, Marko Peljhan, a UNESCO Digital Media Prize in 2004 and a Prešeren Foundation Award in 2007, and has been recognized in worldwide media art textbooks and survey literature.

In 1994 the project Makrolab was developed as an ongoing mobile laboratory set-up for open and integral research and the common work of artists, scientists, and tactical media workers in the fields of telecommunications, migrations research, weather and climate. First set up in 1997 during the documenta X exhibition in Kassel, Germany, it subsequently operated in Western Australia (Rottnest Island), Slovenia (Veliki Kras), in the Scottish Highlands (Atholl Estates) on the island of Campalto (Isola di Campalto), and (as part of the 2003 Biennale di Venezia art exhibition and the TEMPUS PHARE CBC Interreg IIIA programme) in the Venice Lagoon.

During 2007–08, the International Polar Year, the Makrolab project produced installations in Antarctica and Nunavut. This mission involved a conceptual and practical linkage of both polar regions. In this transnational spirit, Makrolab was managed by I-TASC, the Interpolar Transnational Ars Science Constellation.

Arctic Perspective Initative

Following Makrolab and a direct descendant of I-TASC, the Arctic Perspective Initiative is another long term project, one of the main focuses of the Projekt Atol’s recent work. It focuses on the empowerment of the Arctic people through open source technologies and applied education and training, but also serves as one of the focusing points for promotion of contemporary art and science of the circumpolar region on the "global south". The project is aimed to last at least 10 years and is based on various themes, such as traditional and contemporary conceptual art practices, architecture, geopolitics, autonomy and technology. Hatje Cantz Verlag has already published two Arctic Perspective Cahiers and two more are about to follow in 2011. A renowned Argentinian curator Victoria Noorthoorn listed the Arctic Perspective exhibition among the top ten in 2010 in the December issue of the Art Forum Magazine.

polar (2000) and polarm [mirrored] (2010)

polar (2000), a project by artist Carsten Nicolai and Marko Peljhan, was commissioned by ICC NTT Tokyo and was concerned with the assumption of the global communications networks as an intelligent matrix. The main thesis of the polar was that the human created networks are beginning to mimic indeterminate phenomena as we find them in nature itself. The project won the Golden Nica Prix for Digital Media Arts at the Ars Electronica Festival.

In 2010 the Peljhan and Nicolai project polarm [mirrored] was commissioned by the Yamaguchi Center for Art and Media (YCAM) as a follow-up to the award-winning polar in 2000. While in residency at YCAM, the two artists explored the the earth's radiation and electromagnetic ecosystems in an attempt to understand these phenomena as a method of environmental exploration that is deeply rooted in physical nature. Ten years after the first polar project, technology and measuring devices are even more precise. But what do they bring us closer to?

Other projects

Projekt Atol's other projects in the field of technology and communications research include the Resolution series projects, the Trust-System series projects, the Insular technologies initiative, the Wardenclyffe series projects, the Signal-Sever! series of performances, the Egoritmi-Egorhythms performances, the Ladomir-faktura series of situations, the Slovene Space Agency in Constitution initiative. In addition, Projekt Atol has produced music and sound related projects such as the rx-tx music label and the Re-lax event series.

In 2001, together with the Baterija group of architects, it co-ordinated and lead the production of the mobile media lab Transhub, realised as Mobilatorij for the Mobitel company and managed by Ljudmila, Cyberpipe and Mobitel.

Projekt Atol collaborates with the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Moscow and between 1999 and 2003 co-ordinated seven parabolic flights in microgravity for different artistic projects, the first of these involving the Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet (1999); Projekt Atol subsequently produced three other Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet performance events prior to 2003 and continued to collaborate with Dragan Živadinov on the Three Elizabethan Tragedies [Tri elizabetinske tragedije] trilogy by the Croatian playwright Vladimir Stojsavljević. The trilogy discusses the relation between theatre and the state in the period of Renaissance through its main protagonists, namely Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson. The first two parts were co-produced with the Delak Institute - The Forbidden Theatre [Prepovedano gledališče] premièred in 2008 and Marlowe in 2009.

Territory 1995 is a project dealing with the Srebrenica genocide. It was presented at the Istanbul Biennial in 2009 and in 2010 at the group exhibition Serbia - Frequently Asked Questions in New York and at Museum of Contemporary art in Belgrade.

International profile

Productions of Projekt Atol have been presented at the documenta X, the Johannesburg Biennale, the third Manifesta European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Ljubljana (2000), the Gwangju Biennale, ISEA, CanonARTLAB, Ars Electronica, and at other venues around the world, such as P.S.1 MOMA, New Museum of Contemporary Art, ICC NTT Tokyo, and YCAM Yamaguchi.

Projekt Atol Institute regularly participates as a producer or production partner in various performing and new media arts projects. One such project, a recipient of funding from the European Commission's Culture Programme, was entitled IMMEDIATE: Immersive Media Dance Integrating in Telematic Environments. Together with co-organising partners Ciant (CZ), Laboratory for Mixed Realities-LMR (DE), Amber (TR), and A4 (SK), with the participation of artists and researchers from Dardex and Mort2Faim collective (FR), the project sought to develop high-quality creative workshops resulting in mixed-reality choreographic performances.

Projekt Atol Institute is partner to the following initiatives: Arctic Perspective Initiative (API), (WIO), the MIR network (Arts Catalyst, Leonardo/Olats, V2, and Multimedia Complex of Actual Arts), Acoustic Space Lab, and AUVSI.

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