Contemporary Nomadism: Autonomy & Technology in the North

Arctic Perspective Initiative

Marko Peljhan, Matthew Biederman

21 May – 30 September 2010Canada HouseTrafalgar SquareLondon SW1Y 5BJ, UK

18 June – 10 October 2010 HMKV Phoenix Halle Dortmund, Germany 20/05/2010 – 30/09/2010

The Arctic Perspective Initiative (API) aims to empower local citizens of the North via open and free media, communications and sensing technologies. API is the brainchild of artists Marko Peljhan and Matthew Biederman with collaborators Nejc Trost, Samo Stopar, Andrej Bizjak and August Black together with Miha Bratina and Ziga Testen. It is an international non-profit group of individuals and organisations, including HMKV (Germany), Projekt Atol (Slovenia), C-TASC (Canada), Lorna (Iceland) and The Arts Catalyst (UK).

Arctic Perspective highlights the cultural, geopolitical and ecological significance of the Arctic and its indigenous cultures. In collaboration with the people of Igloolik, Kinngait, Iqaluit, Mittimatalik and Kanngiqtugaapik in Nunavut, Canada and other Arctic communities, artists and architects are devising a mobile media and living unit and infrastructure, powered by renewable energy sources. The unit will be used by Inuit and other Arctic peoples for creative media production such as film-making, communications and monitoring the environment, while moving, living and working on the land. The exhibition includes architectural models of winning designs from the Arctic Perspective open architecture competition by Richard Carbonnier (Canada), Catherine Rannou (France) and Giuseppe Mecca (Italy), with photographs, videos and maps from the project.

The API project website is at, giving details of the process of the project, including the team’s visits to Igloolik and Foxe Basin, the open architecture competition, and the construction of the prototype unit.

Arctic Perspective Exhibition 21 May – 30 September 2010Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London, UK

The Arctic Perspective exhibition at Canada House will show specially commissioned architectural models of the winning entries from an international open design competition for the mobile unit, which received more than 100 entries from over 30 countries. It will also showcase documentation of the project’s development, including photographs and films from the team’s trip in summer 2009 made with Igloolik elders and Isuma TV, re-visiting former settlements around the Foxe basin. Winning unit architectural designs by Richard Carbonnier (Canada), Catherine Rannou (France) and Giuseppe Mecca (Italy) will be displayed. Presented in conjunction with the London Festival of Architecture.

18 June – 10 October HMKV Phoenix Halle, Dortmund, Germany

A large-scale exhibition of the Arctic Perspective exhibition will be held at HMKV in Dortmund, Germany, in the framework of European Capital of Culture RUHR 2010 and the international media-art conference ISEA 2010.

Discussion event –
Contemporary Nomadism: Autonomy & Technology in the North

20 May 2010, 4.30 – 6.30pm Introducing the international project behind the Arctic Perspective exhibition, a panel of artists, academics and architects explore its cultural, historical and political contexts. The Arctic Perspective Initiative aims to support a thoroughly contemporary nomadism via open and free media, environmental monitoring and communications technologies. Panel: Marko Peljhan, artist and instigator of Arctic Perspective Initiative, director Projekt Atol (Slovenia), David Turnbull, science sociologist (Australia), Richard Carbonnier, architect (Canada), Inke Arns, curator, artistic director HMKV (Germany). Chair: Michael Bravo, Scott Polar Research Institute (UK/Canada)


The Survival Canada north strategy structure based in economy resources and education, housing preservation, culture with gobernemt commission of Canada. The Arctic perspective is based in technology of the north region and developed by non profit open source software organizations interested in nomadic lands. They develop workshop in technology of complex geopolitics at Melbourne University with architects, designer to develop prototypes for medialab.  The lab research is based in mobility technology and the autonomy of the north indigenous environment tradition. Developing a journey for the adaptive satellites communications connections in Arctic. The Autonomy allows the travel to develop  mathematics technology mobility laboratory. Result is a disconnected utopia conditions and also a connected world system to capital and art labs. Through media system technologies priorizes the awareness of real life in microlab emancipation in north poles virginal territories. Research and knowledge about Arctic conditions of social life. The autonomy  receives founding from government of Canada because the territory of virginal societies could be connected to  a nomadic stream environments in arctic without a military mapping environment or landed war technologies. The mobility and autonomy knowledge in geopolitics as a counter westerner American Europe mainstream. The arctic sustain transmission of knowledge and the interaction with community place allows the exchange of knowledge. The landscape journeys and the landscape as a geopolitic reality making the technologies appropriate to move through the landscape with radars, sensor of movements, maps. New ways to display information through cameras. Innovation in camera visions changing, modifying and adapting to the environment in the way to interact with environment. The arctic open source satellites connect people, organizations, societies in an experience of awareness through dialogues, meetings. The open source software for people never using computers.

Skype conference 2007 transmission anywhere anytime uses of technology internet worldly iPods videocams nowhere arctic internet structures land future lab terminal inmersat satellites solar power system 1st prototype rehearsals connection lost Matthew Biederman

The connectivity mobile land project allows everywhere internet connexion. The  awareness to climate change. From NASA to community local aborigens. The project permit the access to technology information and broadcasting, the technology video streaming and the digital distribution.  The dependent operation from funding of electronic media networks. the device linked to internet map radio digital technology pocket cameras, all material accessible to communities. Also servers access connections technologies as a creative force for innovative community internet away from the  consensus of government. Using batteries low tech proposals. Funding for the server to the community local is refused for no money, 100 thousand dollars for 35 communities.

Innovation / inventatio Progress / tradition Value exchange / original material Science / art Tactical media / preservation

Distribute media to local communities without access. Tactical Medias as a science. Art Maintain Traditional knowledge and oral transmission in a critical transformation of social situation. The   techno communication transformation implies modernity as knowledge but away from shamanistic utopia. The  apocalyptical landscape and the technology of hope as preservation thorough the  archive of knowledge from the Unesco funding. The carefulness treatment and observation of the environment. How the real observation maintains the survival. The landscape knowledge and the navigation conditions. The Weather and the changing forces of nature against. The domination and the government of nature forces. The  knowledge of  the land and the traditional knowledge. The technology internet as system of thinking as Ascott defines, an extension of our sense, thought and knowledge.  Maintain aborigines conscious in new Zealand through archaeology and anthropology. The  western knowledge classification of system database and the preserve of the human are distributed in system of open source to reproduce all knowledge transmission in dynamic system of digital and analogue embeded interaction code in representation systems.

The question concerning How to preserve human essence, the system of the origin, the purely.  As Brazilian aborigine maintain the original fire

The balance of the beginning / technology through autonomous and traditional knowledge system away from capitalism. The Linux jerarchi and the technology of ethics. The paradox between past traditional knowledge and government. The big collective connected in communication technologies as Google facebook though internet chat is the sites of future connexion, where all computers will be a global intelligence connected. Otherwise to mantain as well the communications in aboriginal places in oral tradition. The community radio station, the experience, the storytelling and the exchange of knowledge through the technology of future in the arctic aborigine communities.