Territory 1995

Framer Framed, Amsterdam, NL
06 September 2020 – 03 January 2021

The Territory 1995 (2006-2009) installation was the culmination of Peljhan’s research into the Srebrenica genocide and its “electromagnetic” evidence.

The installation consists of two parts, the Territory 1995 room, with audio recordings of Serbian military and paramilitary forces communicating during the Krivaja 95 operation and maps created by Peljhan with forensic communications mapping software and algorithms that were first implemented during the Makrolab project.

The second part of the installation is an ever growing documentary archive, consisting of maps, court documents of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and literature related to the Srebrenica genocide and the wider context of the brutal wars on the territories of former Yugoslavia from 1991-1995, which resulted in the deaths of more than 200000 people. The genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina was the largest crime against humanity in Europe after the 2nd World War.

Peljhan closely followed the events of the war which spread across what was then Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. The events included the genocide in Srebrenica where 8,000 people were murdered by Bosnian Serb fighters in full view of the Dutchbat battalion of UN peacekeepers. He has condensed this information into the installation Territory 1995, which takes the form of a labyrinth containing some highly disturbing images and documents of unspeakable horrors.

The work has been purchased for the Van Abbemuseum collection with support from the Stichting Promotor.

From what will we reassemble ourselves, Groups Show, NL, 06 September 2020 – 3 January 2021
Del skupinske razstave That Passes Between @ Good Children Gallery, New Orleans 12 May – 3 June 2012
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 02 April 2011 –August 2011
Salon Muzeja savremene umetnosti, Belgrade, Serbia, 3 December 2010 – 16 January 2011
11th Istanbul Biennial: What Keeps Mankind Alive?, Turkey, 12 September – 8 November 2009


Marko Peljhan: Teritorij 1995, 2009-2010

Sound: Nullo & Marko Peljhan
Architecture: Miha Bratina

The work is part of the collection of the Van Abbemuseum from Eindhoven, NL.


Marko Peljhan is a theatre and radio director, conceptual artist and researcher. He founded and co- founded several still active arts organizations in the 90’s such as Projekt Atol and one of the first media labs in Eastern Europe LJUDMILA. From 1994 on he worked on Makrolab, a project that focuses on telecommunications, migrations and weather systems research in an intersection of art/science/engineering; the Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation and the Arctic Perspective Initiative. He is the recipient of many prizes for his work, including the 2001 Golden Nica Prize at Ars Electronica with Carsten Nicolai and his work has been exhibited internationally at multiple biennales (Venice, Lyon, Istanbul, Gwangju…) and festivals, at documenta, ISEA, Ars Electronica and museums and art institutions worldwide (YCAM, ICC-NT, PS.1. MOMA, GARAGE…).

He serves as professor and director of the MAT Systemics Lab at the University of California Santa Barbara, the Chair of the Media Arts and Technology program at UCSB, the coordinator of international cooperation of the SPACE-SI Slovenian Centre for Space Sciences and Technologies and editor at large of the music label rx:tx. In the radio spectrum he is known as S54MX.

Marko Peljhan