Hypersonic vehicle to represent Slovenia at Venice Biennial
The contribution concludes Peljhan's 20-year-long artistic project Resolution, which provided concrete and pragmatic solutions for specific issues, and will enable visitors to pose questions and search for answers regarding the current environmental and political situation in the world.
The project is based on the idea of using military technology to develop tactical resources and constructive solutions, with hypersonic technology playing a significant role, the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana said today.
Presenting the project, Peljhan explained that hypersonic technology emerged in the 1950s and strived to achieve the speed faster than five times multiple of the speed of sound.
The technology was put in the spotlight again last December, when the media reported on Russia's testing of hypersonic weapons.
The focus of Slovenia's presentation at this year's biennial will be a hypersonic vehicle seating two people and representing a tool of colonisation, apocalypse and piracy, according to the artist.
Here We Go Again...System 317 integrates the author's 30-year-long opus and questions technological, physical, historical and artistic allusions, which have been the focus of Peljhan's work since the beginning.
In the vehicle, visitors will be able to read a collection of texts of Slovenian and foreign authors on the theory of fiction and science fiction, entitled Hypersonic Hyperstitions and contributed by the contemporary art journal Šumi.
The 58th International Art Exhibition in Venice will open on 11 May and run until 24 November under the slogan May You Live in Interesting Times. The biennial is considered one of the leading displays of contemporary trends in visual arts.
The commissioner of the Slovenian presentation Zdenka Badovinac said that the project followed the slogan, contemplating the times of crisis and uncertainty.
The funds for this year's presentation are estimated at EUR 255,000, with the majority of the resources allocated for the renting of the space.
Instagram users will be able to observe the vehicle's construction process on the social network.