Robertina Šebjanič

Robertina Šebjanič is an internationally awarded artist, whose work revolves around the biological, chemical, political and cultural realities of aquatic environments and explores humankind’s impact on other species and on the rights of non-human entities, while calling for strategies emphatic towards other species to be adopted. In her analysis of the theoretical framework of the Anthropocene, the artist uses the term ‘aquatocene’ and ‘aquaforming’ to refer to humans’ impact on aquatic environments. Her works received awards and nominations at Prix Ars Electronica 2016, Starts Prize 2016 and 2020, Falling Walls 2021. Her work was exhibited and performed at venues and festivals such as Ars Electronica Festival (AT), Prix Cube Exhibition (FR), MONOM_CTM (DE), Matadero (ES), Onassis Cultural Center Athens (GR), Kosmica festival & Laboratorio Art Almeda (MX), Kapelica Gallery (SI), Device_art (CRO), Art Laboratory Berlin (DE), Kiblix Festival (SI), Gallery of Contemporary Art Celje (SI), Museum of Contemporary Art Beograd (SRB), Eye Museum Amsterdam (NL).

Robertina Šebjanič attended a residency at the Station Biologique de Roscoff in April 2016 with the support of Ping from Nantes.

#1 Aquatocene

As one of the outcomes of the residency is the sound composition Aquatocene – 48°43’38.2″N 3°59’33.4″W _Atlantic Ocean – Roscoff (FR) that is part of her bigger sound opus Aquatocene. “Aquatocene / The subaquatic quest for serenity” investigates the phenomenon of underwater noise pollution created by humankind in the seas and oceans. The sound compositions are a re-mix between the bioacoustics of marine life (shrimps, fish, sea urchins etc.), the aquatic acoustics and the presence of human generated noise in the world’s oceans and seas.

Listen to it on bandcamp:

#2 Future Vision of Anthropocene / art & science / art & ecology

Robertina Sebjanic also mentored a workshop at School of Arts – University of Nova Gorica, “Future Vision of Anthropocene / art & science / art & ecology”, 2016, 16 & 17 November.

I. Lecture and discussion by Robertina Šebjanič and Miha Colner Senescence: Future Vision of Anthropocene lecture by Robertina Šebjanič with invited guest lecture by Miha Colner: Perceptions of Ecology.

II. Workshop: DIY microscope and how to start with a biohacking lab from a sketch Some of the examples of DIY Microscope:

III. Workshop: and hands example of ecology of marine life and water habitat life and understanding the rapid change of our environment with BIOBOX / Roscoff worm educational kit – initiation into marine biology – an Educational kit designed by the Roscoff Biological Station, France


Read her Residency blog