Lecture: Robertina Šebjanič & Gjino Šutić: aqua_forensic
Thursday, 28 February, at 6 pm, Švicarija
As part of the year-long programme at Švicarija pursuing the motto community, art and nature, whose focus in 2019 rests on the analysis of the state of independent journalism and the issue of the right of the public to information, the artists and researchers Robertina Šebjanič (Ljubljana) and Gjino Šutić (Zagreb/Dubrovnik) will prepare a lecture on the subject of invisible water pollution.
Through a profound lecture, the artists and researchers Robertina Šebjanič (Ljubljana) and Gjino Šutić (Zagreb/Dubrovnik) will present their research project entitled aqua_forensic that exists at the intersection of art and science. Within this framework, they illuminate and reflect upon the invisible anthropogenic pollutants in the world’s water habitats (heavy metals, oils, antibiotics, leftovers of phytopharmaceutical products) and open up a discussion on human empathy towards (sub)aquatic habitats. The project therefore raises questions on so-called aquafarming in the period of the Anthropocene and on so-called terrafarming, i.e. the human imprint on the waters. But more than that, the artists raise the crucial question: How do the oceans feel our impact?
Through this long-term project, Šebjanič and Šutić explore and illuminate the invisible anthropogenic chemical pollutants – residues of industrial production and human consumption. They call them water “monsters”. The project combines principles of art and science (so-called citizen science) in a “hunt for a phantom” and opens up a discussion on our solidarity with the waters beyond human perception.
Robertina Šebjanič (SI) is an internationally exhibited and awarded artist. Her artwork deals with the cultural, (bio)political and ecological realities of aquatic environments. With her projects, she tackles the philosophical questions at the intersection of art, technology and science. http://robertina.net/
Gjino Šutić (HR) is a biotechnologist, postmodern intermedia artist, innovator and educator. He is the founder and director of the Universal Research Institute and Gen0 Industries, and conducts research in several fields of science and postmodern new media art.
The project is supported by Ars Electronica as part of the EMAP/EMARE residency, Projekt Atol Institute (SI), UR Institute (HR), Sektor Institute (SI), Čistoća Dubrovnik, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.