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Robertina Šebjanič, based in Ljubljana, 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 art – research focus is since several years oriented towards the project developed in the field of Living systems (bio-art), AV performances, noise/sound art, installations and interactive ambiental responsive immersive environments.
The context for her ideas and concepts is often realized in collaboration with other authors (artists, scientists, humanists, makers, hackers…), and through interdisciplinary and informal integration embodied in her work.
She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana (SI),Famul Stuart School of Applied Arts in Ljubljana (SI) as well as at the Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg (SE).
Aquatocene / Subaquatic Quest for Serenity
Audiovisual performance, since 2016
Aquatocene / 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.
Over the last few years, Robertina has made a number of recordings using hydrophones in different locations around the globe. Underwater noise affects a great number of marine life forms which depend on the sub-aquatic sonic environment to survive.
The audio compositions of the underwater soundscape encourage us to reflect on the impact of anthropogenic sound on the habitat of underwater and marine life, and to enlighten our consciousness and emphasize the importance of maintaining safe sound environments for living animals in the oceans, seas, lakes and rivers of the world.