API: marko peljhan + matthew biederman

contingent ecologies exhibition, open source — By on April 26, 2010 at 7:11 pm

API improvised workspace, built with found materials from DEW line site FOX-A. Ikpik, Nunavut.

Arctic Perspective highlights the cultural, geopolitical and ecological significance of the Arctic and its indigenous cultures. API aims to empower local citizens of the North via open source infrastructures, such as; data sharing, environmental monitoring, and communications technologies. In collaboration with the communities 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 systems infrastructure that is powered by renewable energy sources. The unit will be used by the Inuit and other arctic peoples for creative processes, communications and citizen environmental monitoring while moving, living, and working on the land away from established settlements.

The mobile media unit will enable film-making, communications, sustainable hunting and environmental monitoring. For example, a hunter living on the land could also film and stream, in real time, their personal story and reflections to the internet, giving the world the opportunity to understand the reality of the Arctic directly from the people living there. 

The exhibition will 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. 
The Arctic Perspective Initiative is the brainchild of artists Marko Peljhan and Matthew Biederman. The international work group comprises the media/art organisations C-TASC (Canada), HMKV (Germany), The Arts Catalyst (UK), Projekt Atol (Slovenia) and Lorna (Iceland), in a collaborative process working with the community members in Nunavut, Canada to develop the unit.

API Foxe Basin 2009 from delray on Vimeo.

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