Peter Machajdik (1961) is a composer and a multimedia artist, living and working in Berlin and Bratislava. He is a founding member of the intermedia and experimental group Transmusic Comp. Since 2012, he has been Artistic Advisor and Trustee for the Sound City festival in Košice and the Music at Fulla new music concert series.
The main theme of most of my works is the environment, and I am often referring to the pollution of air and waters, as well as to the human-caused climate change in general: In my installation Waters and Cages, involving the visual and auditory realms, four cages include bowls filled with water from some of the most polluted rivers of the world, including the Yangtze, Mekong, Salween, Ganges, Indus, Danube, La Plata, Rio Grande and the Nile, hang in the exhibition room. The cages symbolise the changes in the organic components of the ecosystem, especially the risks to faunal assemblages, but also the changes in the inorganic components of the environment. They deal with the question of extinction of animal species, especially birds, mainly as a result of ecological degradation. The cage stands as a representation of the diminution of bird species, as well as drawing attention to the suppression of human rights and the imprisonment of many political activists in different parts of the world.