72-13, Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007, tel: (65) 6737 7213
28 July, 9.30pm till late
SPEKTR! is a unique tactical media performance in which the artists conduct an audiovisual 'mapping' of the electromagnetic spectrum to create sound and video landscapes. As solar radio interference recedes, they scan the night sky, picking up chatter from passing planes, amateur radio conversations, satellites, digital data streams and natural radio sources. 88 frequency zones will be mapped in real-time, structured together with a fifteen-year archive of digital and analogue signals that the artists have been collecting from all over the globe.
The SPEKTR! structure is based on the filing of the U.S. Patent 2,292,387, that was granted to avant-garde composer George Antheil and Hedy Kiesler Markey (AKA Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr) in 1942. This early version of frequency hopping used a piano roll to change between 88 frequencies and was intended to make radio-guided torpedoes harder for enemies to detect. The idea was not used until 1962, when it was deployed by U.S. military ships during the Cuba blockade. Today Lamarr and Antheil's frequency-hopping idea serves as the basis for modern spread-spectrum communication technology used in devices ranging from cordless telephones and military radio to WiFi Internet connections.
Marko Peljhan (Slovenia) is the founder of Projekt Atol, LJUDMILA (Ljubljana Digital Media Lab) and Makrolab and works at the intersection between art and technology. As well as award-winning art projects and installations, he has developed navigation systems that are used in flight and spaceflight projects and has conducted research at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Moscow and MIR (Microgravity Interdisciplinary Research consortium).
Co-produced by PROJEKT ATOL and RX-TX. Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana Cultural Department and Canada Council.
The project was commissioned by AV Festival 08 in March 2008.
Concept and performance: NULLO, DelRay, Springer, MX
Radios: MX, NULLO
Satcom: Springer, MX
Radar Ops: MX, NULLO
Architecture assistance: Nejc Trošt
Thanks to: Lisa Parks, the C-ASTRAL team, Ižanc, dr. Jelič and all of our friends