Robertina Šebjanič

Echinoidea future - Adriatic sensing

The artwork Echinoidea future – Adriatic sensing addresses the current biogeological and morphological conditions in the sea urchin environment, which is aquaformed by anthropogenic liquid waste, resulting in low oxygen levels in the seawater. Exploring the stressors of the local/global human footprint, the project demonstrates the resilience of this
aquatic species and acts as an activation of (sy)(e)mpathia.

Artist (concept, sound & video editing, execution): Robertina Šebjanič
Video support A.I.: Tanja Minarik
Scientific advisory: dr. Alenka Malej, dr. Matjaž Ličer; UR Institute: Gjino Šutić, Filip Grgurević; Institute for Marine and Coastal Research University of Dubrovnik: dr. Marijana Hure, dr. Valter Kozul
Production: UR Institute (STARTS4Water) 2021/2022
Production support: Zavod Sektor, PiNA, Miha Godec, Ivanka Pasalic (Glassblowing), David Drolc (Metal construction) Special thanks to:Marjan Žitnik, Martina Gluhan

*The Zero Pollution Adriatic was commissioned by UR Institute within the framework of STARTS4Water, funded by S+T+ARTS, an initiative of the European Commission, launched under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

Robertina Šebjanič is an artist whose work explores the biological, chemical, political and cultural realities of aquatic environments and the impact of humanity on other organisms. Her projects call for the development of empathetic strategies aimed at recognising the other (non-human) species. In her analysis of the Anthropocene and its theoretical framework, the artist uses the terms “aquatocene” and “aquaforming” to refer to the human impact on aquatic environments.
Her works received awards and nominations at Prix Ars Electronica, Starts Prize, Falling Walls. Her art work Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator (artist proof) is since 2019 part of the .BEEP {collection;}_ Electronic Art Collection, Spain. She exhibited / performed at solo and group exhibitions as well as in galleries and festivals: Ars electronica Linz, Kosmica festival_ Laboratorio Arte Alameda_Mexico City, Matadero_Madrid, La Gaîté Lyrique_ Paris, Le Cube_Paris, MONOM_ CTM Berlin, Art Laboratory Berlin, ZKM_Karlsruhe, re:publica_Berlin, Mladi Levi_Ljubljana, Centro de Cultura Digita_ Mexico City, Piksel_Bergen, OSMO/ZA_Ljubljana, Device art 5.015 at Klovičevi dvori_Zagreb, Eastern Bloc_Montreal, Eyebeam_New York, PORTIZMIR#3_ Izmir, Kiblix festival_Maribor, Spektrum_Berlin, KIKK festival_Namur, +MSUM (Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova)_Ljubljana and more…

PHOTO CAPTION: Echinoidea future – Adriatic sensing by Robertina Sebjanic - photo by Tanja Kanazir

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