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.

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

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