Adriatic Garden | aqua_forensic 2.0 | sonoAdriatic tales

Adriatic Garden | aqua_forensic 2.0
Ars Electronica 2020 at various locations, 9-13 September 2020

Ars Electronica Festival 2020: In Kepler’s Gardens – A global journey mapping the ‘new’ world, Sept. 9-13, 2020, at JKU campus Linz and 120 locations worldwide. One of the locations world wide is also programme Adriatic Garden | aqua_forensic 2.0.

Adriatic Gardenconnects two places by the Adriatic Sea: Dubrovnik (HR) and Koper (SI) and gives special attention to the human commitment to the values of care, compassion, environmental justice, action-taking and cooperation with the Adriatic Sea and its creatures. The project framework is the aqua_forensic, an ongoing art and science research method developed by Robertina Šebjanič (SI) and Gjino Šutić (HR), which sheds light on the presence of invisible anthropogenic chemical pollutants in the water environment.

Art, science and citizen science coalesce within the framework of Adriatic Garden | aqua_forensic 2.0, opening up a wider discussion on our solidarity and empathy with waters beyond human perception.

Adriatic Garden | aqua_forensic 2.0 features on-site and online exhibitions, a round table discussion and workshops and focuses on the ecological and climatic changes/challenges of the Adriatic Sea. The entirety of the programme will also be accessible on the project’s online platform.

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A distributed on-site exhibition programme will be presented at Art workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik (HR), at City Art Gallery in Ljubljana (SI), at LaBoral in Gijon (SP) and at Ars Electronica festival in Linz (AT).

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The Adriatic Garden online platform will enable audiences to immerse themselves in the above or underwater world of the sea through video and the soundscapes of under/above water locations found in the sonic wilderness of the Adriatic. The online sound exhibition program sonoAdriatic tales is co-curated by Robertina Šebjanič and Manja Ristić

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The round table Aquaformations (International S.A.I.N.T. Caffe) will feature local and international experts and citizens, among them prof. dr. Alenka Malej (SI), Melina Sakiyama (BR), Mario Benkoč (SI), dr. Milena Mičić (HR), Marija Aleksandra Del Dajković (HR), Robertina Šebjanič (SI) and Gjino Šutić (HR) Among other topics, the discussion will focus on the anthropo-socio-technological relationships with the sea, describe the impact our enterprises have on waters and address the issues we have to tackle to achieve sustainable collaboration among researchers, artists, institutions and citizens, who work in the field of maritime research and conservation. 

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The Aqua_forensic at the Adriatic Garden citizen science workshops engaging local and global audiences will focus on the topics of water pollution and climate change and will be held at the Youth center/UR Institute in Dubrovnik (HR) and at PiNA in Koper (SI). The workshop methodology was developed by Gjino Šutić, Robertina Šebjanič and Miha Godec with the support of UR Institute and PIFcamp.

Adriatic Garden | aqua_forensic 2.0 programme timetable

On-site exhibition dates

2 Sept – 1 Nov 2020 @ Art City Gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia
9 – 13 Sept 2020 @ Art workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik, Croatia
3 Sept –  12 Dec 2020 @ LaBoral in Gijon, Spain
9 – 13 Sept 2020 @ Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria

On-site workshops
11 Sept 2020, 11.00 AM – 01.30 PM @ PiNA in Koper, Slovenia with Robertina Šebjanič and Miha Godec as mentors

9 – 13 Sept 2020, @ Youth center in Dubrovnik, Croatia with Gjino Šutić and Ur institute team as mentors 

ONLINE:

SonoAdriatic tales online sound exhibition opening
Thu Sep 10, 2020, 8:00 am – 8:40 am (UTC +2) https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/sonic-adriatic-garden/

Aquaformations round table
Sat Sep 12, 2020, 4:30 pm – 5:25 pm (UTC +2) https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/aquaformations-roundtable/

STARTS Networking session
Meet the S+T+ARTS Community: Art & Science Collaboration, Thu Sep 10, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (UTC +2) with Ingeborg Reichle (AT), Michael Sauer (AT), Robertina Šebjanič (SI), Gjino Šutić (HR) https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/art-science/

We Guide You:Expert Tour: Ecology through the looking glass

Sun Sep 13, 2020, 10:00 am – 10:45 am (UTC +2) 

Robertina Sebjanic, Gjino Šutić, Newcastle Garden – Kristefan Minski Hana Yun
https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/ecology-expert-tour/

STARTS Journeys: Adriatic Garden:

Wed Sep 9, 2020, 5:15 pm – 5:40 pm (UTC +2) 

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 5:30 am – 5:55 am (UTC +2) 

Adriatic Garden | aqua_forensic 2.0 | sonoAdriatic tales

by Robertina Šebjanič (SI) and Gjino Šutić (HR), UR Institute (HR), PiNA (SI) and Ars Electronica (AT).

                                                                                                                

In partnership with: IZIS festival (SI); Youth Center Dubrovnik (HR); Art Workshop Lazareti (HR); Kontejner / Touch Me festival 2020 (HR); The City of Dubrovnik – The Administrative Department for Education, Sports, Social Welfare and Civil Society (HR); City Art Gallery Ljubljana (SI); Sektor (SI), Projekt Atol Institute (SI); Marko Vivoda (SI); Manja Ristić (SB); Computer History Museum Society (SI); Polona Torkar (SI); Miha Godec (SI); RUK (SI); KONS (SI); PIFcamp (Sl); LaBoral (SP); Aquarium Pula (HR).


The “Aquaformations” Roundtable

International S.A.I.N.T. Caffe : The “Aquaformations” Roundtable

Sat Sep 12, 2020, 4:30 pm – 5:25 pm (UTC +2)  

Live Ars Electronica Voyages Channel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y8WCpNGlEY&ab_channel=AdriaticGarden

The round table Aquaformations, (International S.A.I.N.T. Caffe) which is part of the Adriatic Garden project, will extensively focus on the values the project aims to stress, namely care, kindness, compassion, environmental justice, action-taking, and cooperation with the Adriatic Sea and its creatures. In discussion with local and international experts and citizens, we will delve into the anthropo-socio-technological relationship with the sea, describe the impact our enterprises have on waters, as well as address the issues we have to tackle to achieve sustainable collaboration among researchers, artists, institutions and citizens, who work in the field of maritime research and conservation.

We will also point out how the collaborative endeavors of artists, scientists, citizen scientists and active individuals have the potential to provide excellent support to their local communities. We will host experts on environmental law, biodiversity, marine science, artists addressing ecological / environmental topics, experts working in the commercial sector, educators and many more.

The guests who will be joining Robertina Šebjanič and Gjino Šutić at the Aquaformations roundtable (International S.A.I.N.T. Caffe) are:

Dr. Alenka Malej (SI), Melina Sakiyama (BR), Mario Benkoč (SI), Manja Ristić (SB/HR), Dr. Milena Mičić (HR), Marija Aleksandra Bel Dajković (HR), Olga Majcen Linn (HR)

Biographies

Prof. dr. Alenka Malej (Ph.D., biology) served as the Head of Marine Biology Station of the National Institute of Biology and Director of the International Ocean Institute Operational Center Slovenia and has many years of experience teaching marine ecology. Her main research interests are biological oceanography, plankton ecology, and eutrophication of coastal waters. She has published over 100 refereed papers and has broad experience in the coordination of national and international research projects. She was awarded the National Science Award for her scientific contributions and Prometheus of the science for excellence in communicating science. She has served as a member/chair on numerous national and international committees and panels.

Melina Sakiyama is a Brazilian biologist and social-environmental justice activist, and is the co-founder of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN). She oversees the network’s capacity Building & empowerment programmes as well as its engagement in biodiversity governance and decision-making processes under the Convention on Biological Diversity.
For the past ten years, she has co-lead GYBN’s initiatives on policy, advocacy, empowerment and has helped establish and develop the network to become a vibrant global youth movement for biodiversity with 1.2 million members and member organizations in 145 countries.

Mario Benkoč is a lawyer and environmental justice activist. He lives in the area of Karst Biosphere Reserve, UNESCO, near Škocjan Caves Regional Park and is deeply involved in its activities, is a member of its Committee for Nature Conservation, Voluntary nature supervisor, EuroMAB Youth Network coordinator, a caver and an advocate of nature. He is a co-founder of Zavod Dobra pot, Institute for Culture and Sustainable Development, where he leads nature advocacy activities. With years of experience in nature and NGO advocacy, he personally and professionally (PiNA) tries to do something good for the environment we live in and all its inhabitants. Currently, he is involved in two civil initiatives, leading one against a river dam.

Manja Ristić was born in Belgrade 1979. She is a violinist, sound artist, curator, and researcher mostly active in the fields of instrumental improvisation, soundscape composition & experimental sound-related arts. She graduated at the Belgrade Music Academy, then gained PGDip at the Royal College of Music, London. Her work is blending exploration of intuitive composition and sonic ecologies.

Aquarium Pula is a public aquarium situated within a historic Austro-Hungarian fort, so it represents a unique and intimate blend of natural and cultural heritage. Besides showing the beauty of marine environments Aquarium Pula is developing and running programs for nature conservation and public awareness. With the main goal of promoting natural heritage and spreading knowledge about the need for its protection. Between many activities the most relevant are running a Marine Turtle Rescue Centre, participating in international actions such as worldwide campaigns against plastic and MPA showing the importance of personal actions as an ecologically responsible company.

Dr. Milena Mičić is the director and owner of Aquarium Pula d.o.o. She started the Aquarium Pula project 20 years ago as a young scientist (Master of Oceanology and Doctor of Biology) and a great enthusiast noticing the need to educate the public in this field. She progressed in the profession and became a European aquarium curator. She persistently works on improving the aquarium under the following motto “On my way I always follow the latest trends, especially those aimed at nature conservation. In the development of the aquarium, I pay great attention to the working conditions because I am convinced that a satisfied and fulfilled employee will always give more.”

Marija Aleksandra Bel Dajković is the department head of Aquarium Pula d.o.o. While carrying out her duties she always bears in mind the idea that public aquariums are of great importance in sustainable development, because they teach us about biodiversity, endangered species and the preservation of ecosystems. They are also institutions that combine natural conservation, education, cultural and entertainment content. Her work is related to the general and specific care of animals and exhibits, she organizes the staff and strives for excellence in both the education and entertainment of the public.

Robertina Šebjanič is an 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.

Gjino Šutić is a biotechnologist, post-modern intermedia artist and educator. He is the founder of Universal Research Institute. His research focuses on multiple areas of natural sciences with special focus on the fields of bioelectronics and biorobotics. He invented the term biotweaking referring to the enhancement of living organisms or their parts to completely express and make use of their full potential.

Olga Majcen Linn  graduated Art History and Comparative literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. Engaged in curatorial work since 2002 through NGO KONTEJNER, as the founder of the NGO and author of many renowned international projects (Device_art, Touch Me, Extravagant Bodies).  She curated more than 100 exhibitions, festivals, conferences and lectures in Croatia and internationally. Since 2003 she also works at the Gallery VN in Zagreb which she presents young and emerging Croatian artists, where she organized and curated more than 200 exhibitions. She is teaching as a guest lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (Art at the Intersection of Science and Technology). She is also active in the field of social theory and critique, and is a member of AICA. Currently she is working on PhD these on the topic of subversive art practices.

programme timetable of Adriatic Garden | aqua_forensic 2.0

On-site exhibition dates

2 Sept – 1 Nov 2020 @ Art City Gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia

3 Sept –  12 Dec 2020 @ LaBoral in Gijon, Spain
9 – 13 Sept 2020 @ Art workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik, Croatia
9 – 13 Sept 2020 @ Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria

On-site workshops
11 Sept 2020, 11.00 AM – 01.30 PM @ PiNA in Koper, Slovenia with Robertina Šebjanič and Miha Godec as mentors

9 – 13 Sept 2020, @ Youth center in Dubrovnik, Croatia with Gjino Šutić and Ur institute team as mentors 

ONLINE:

SonoAdriatic tales online sound exhibition opening
Thu Sep 10, 2020, 8:00 am – 8:40 am (UTC +2) https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/sonic-adriatic-garden/

Aquaformations round table
Sat Sep 12, 2020, 4:30 pm – 5:25 pm (UTC +2) https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/aquaformations-roundtable/

STARTS Networking session
Meet the S+T+ARTS Community: Art & Science Collaboration, Thu Sep 10, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (UTC +2) with Ingeborg Reichle (AT), Michael Sauer (AT), Robertina Šebjanič (SI), Gjino Šutić (HR) https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/art-science/

We Guide You:Expert Tour: Ecology through the looking glass

Sun Sep 13, 2020, 10:00 am – 10:45 am (UTC +2) 

Robertina Sebjanic, Gjino Šutić, Newcastle Garden – Kristefan Minski Hana Yun
https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/ecology-expert-tour/

STARTS Journeys: Adriatic Garden:

Wed Sep 9, 2020, 5:15 pm – 5:40 pm (UTC +2) 

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 5:30 am – 5:55 am (UTC +2) 

Video tour of exhibition: EMAP group exhibition: Quarantine,

Art workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Dubrovnik organised by Kontejner in partnership with Ur Institute

artist presenting works on exhibition: Robertina Šebjanič (SI), Gjino Šutić (HR), Anna Dumitriu, Alex May (UK), Tiziano Derme, Daniela Mitterberger (AT), Taavi Suisalu (EE), Quimera Rosa (FR/AR/ES), Kat Austen (UK/DE)

Friday Sep 11, 2020, 11:00 – 11:30 (UTC +2) 

Ars Electronica Voyages Channel: Future Life. Interferences, Alterations, Changes.

Future Life Exhibition at LaBoral, Gijon, Spain

Curated by: Karin Ohlenschläger

Artist: Marco Barotti, Disnovation.org, Quimera Rosa, Anna Ridler,Robertina Sebjanic & Gjino Sutic

Wed Sep 9, 2020, 5:30 pm – 5:45 pm (UTC +2)  

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Adriatic Garden | aqua_forensic 2.0

by Robertina Šebjanič (SI) and Gjino Šutić (HR), UR Institute (HR), PiNA (SI) and Ars Electronica (AT).

In partnership with: IZIS festival (SI); Youth Center Dubrovnik (HR); Art Workshop Lazareti (HR); Kontejner / Touch Me festival 2020 (HR); The City of Dubrovnik – The Administrative Department for Education, Sports, Social Welfare and Civil Society (HR); City Art Gallery Ljubljana (SI); Sektor (SI), Projekt Atol Institute (SI); Marko Vivoda (SI); Manja Ristić (SB); Computer History Museum Society (SI); Polona Torkar (SI); Miha Godec (SI); RUK (SI); KONS (SI); PIFcamp (Sl); LaBoral (SP); Aquarium Pula (HR).

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Adriatic Garden | aqua_forensic 2.0 

Ars Electronica 2020: In Kepler’s Gardens
Festival for Art, Technology Society
9.-13. September 2020
https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/ 

The SonoAdriatic tales (Podcasts)

Sound art / Recordings of the above and underwater wilderness of the Adriatic Sea

(Podcasts)

The Adriatic Garden will host a wide array of activities: exhibitions, installations, panel discussions, workshops, and much more, while enabling audiences to immerse themselves in the underwater world of the sea. Art, science and citizen science coalesce within the framework of Adriatic Garden | aqua_forensic 2.0, opening up a wider discussion about our solidarity and empathy with waters beyond human perception. Within the project, we would like to give special attention to the values of care, compassion, environmental justice, action-taking and cooperation with the Adriatic sea and its creatures. The sonoAdriatic tales are co-curated by Manja Ristić and Robertina Šebjanič.

Within the Adriatic Garden project, a special program named sonoAdriatic tales is devoted to the sonic wilderness of the Adriatic Sea. The tales featured in an online sound exhibition are one of the parts of the garden that enable the audiences to immerse themselves into the soundscapes of the sonic wilderness of the Adriatic sea, either above or underwater.

Audiences are invited to open their ears and listen to the vast array of sounds, among them the sound mapping of the Korčula Island, an artist’s reflection on the tides, the circulation of the water body, and the melodies of diving in submerged caves of the Quarner bay area. Some of the tales deal with underwater noise pollution and showcase the human sonic impact on the underwater habitat and marine life, as well as the presence of morphologies hidden in the palimpsests of memory of the places once heavily exploited in the name of urbanization, tourism and industrial progress that marks the Adriatic Sea.

Brane Zorman
Sea Urchin Underwater Walk (2019/2020)
Recorded on the Molat Island, Croatia
Edited and mixed at BTN studios in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Almost silent and barely moving travellers. Cleaning waters. Wiping out sediments and organic remains. When they move over the seabed they do it like butoh dancers, slowly moving their tube feet, not losing balance no matter the surface. Softly and gently they touch the surface making almost no noise like their predators. They walk, they stop, they travel.

The Sea Urchin Underwater Walk composition is a result of many hours of recordings using nylon string nets laid under sea urchins that were picked up and amplified by different piezo preamps. Underwater recordings were further condensed in the studio while removing many bumps and unwanted sounds created by waves and fish.

Saša Spačal
Tides (2017)

Recorded at Sveti Ivan in Istria, Croatia

Tides, constant waves on the surface of Earth are seeking to find that perfect balance of waters for specific spacetime conditions. Sometimes they have deviations. Sometimes humans cause them. Sometimes there are times for floods or droughts to reset the cycle, to reset the population, to reset time.

Roberto Vodanović Čopor
The Mist Where the Circle Begins (2020
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Recorded on the Vis Island in Croatia

The field recording and the recording with a hydrophone were created in the Srebrena bay of the Vis Island in 2020. The artist wished to document the under and above water sounds of a particular spot at the precisely same time. He thus connects two seemingly distant worlds. And then, while spending time alone in his room, left with only memories, he transforms his memories into sounds, and the line between the past and present becomes obscured. All becomes one and exists while the composition lasts.

Ivo Vičić
Undersea (ongoing since 2011)

Recorded in the Quarner bay area and the Port of Rijeka, Croatia

The recordings were made in the Adriatic Sea both underwater and above water, mostly in the Quarner bay area and the Port of Rijeka. The precise locations are a cave in a secret location near Rijeka, Molo longo and other locations in the Port of Rijeka; the now destroyed beach at Costabella, Rijeka; the Preluk bay near Opatija; a beach near Opatija and Kostrena near Rijeka.

List of the audio material:
01 Diving in a Submerged Cave; 02 Waterbrake/Breakwater;
03 Sea Organ; 04 Under the Ship (a ship in harbour, the restless sea-Bora wind);
05 Harbour – Underwater Soundscape (sounds of the underwater traffic);
06 Under the Waves – On the Beach; 07 Small Port on Scirocco Wind / Waves Underwater;
08 Diver in the Shallow Sea; 09 Long Beach – Underwater / On water Recording

Leah Barclay
Shifting Nature (part of the Ocean Listening project, 2014)

The recording was done on Korčula, Croatia

In July 2014, Leah Barclay was an artist in residence at the Siva Zona Gallery on the Korčula Island in Croatia as part of the Pacific Shortcuts project. The Pacific Shortcuts featured Sound Mirrors by Leah Barclay, an immersive sonic environment that responds to significant rivers across the world. Throughout 2009 to 2012, Leah Barclay travelled through Australia, India, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Brazil capturing the sound of rivers and their surrounding communities.

The featured work is an ephemeral experience that slides through vivid landscapes and rich cultural traditions. Ocean Listening is an interdisciplinary research project that explores the creative possibilities of marine bioacoustics and the potential for sound as a tool for engagement and awareness around ocean health. The project sits within a portfolio of acoustic ecology research led by Leah Barclay at the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre at Griffith University in Australia. The featured work is an extension of the Ocean Listening project here: leahbarclay.com/portfolio_page/ocean-listening/

Robertina Šebjanič
Aquatocene (2017 – 2020)

Recorded at various times in Koper, Slovenia, Korčula and Dubrovnik, Croatia

The audio compositions of the subaquatic soundscape encourage us to reflect upon the anthropogenic sonic impact on the underwater habitat and marine life, as well as illuminate awareness and underscore the importance of maintaining safe sound environments for animals living in the world’s oceans, seas, lakes and rivers. The 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.

The featured series of works is focusing on the underwater sound situations of the Adriatic Sea in three localities, namely Koper, Korčula, Dubrovnik, which are documented in three compositions recorded between 2017 – 2020.

Manja Ristić
succubus mnemonics (2020)

locations: Glogovac abandoned open-air quarry, South side of the Korčula island; Lenga, abandoned open-air quarry, off the village of Lumbarda; Vrnik ancient quarry, Vrnik island, Korčula town archipelago

Invisible sonic chambers of the microenvironments that the artist reveals in the work succubus mnemonics are the creative imprint of infrapsychic symbolism that emerges from subtle morphologies hidden in the palimpsests of memory of the places once heavily exploited in the name of urbanization and industrial progress, but now recovered and taken over by nature. Those are the places that suffered environmental devastation, such as abandoned quarries, open large-scale stone cutting sites, stone trade docking sites, which were for many centuries locale for the trade reaching as far as the American continent. Next to the inconceivable scale of home building, the raw material of those is also engraved in numerous historical constructions, such as cathedrals, churches, town halls, and public squares, all around Europe and further

Project Credits / Acknowledgements

The sonoAdriatic tales are co-curated by Manja Ristić and Robertina Šebjanič

Biographies

Brane Zorman is a composer, sound and radio artist, sound manipulator and producer, based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has composed numerous theatre, dance, internet, newmedia events and dance performance sound works. His work examines and explores the possibilities of processing, presence, perception, understanding, positioning, manipulating and reinterpreting sounds and space(s) with special focus on uncovering the unseen, unheard and hidden nature and artificial sounds.  http://www.branezorman.si/

Saša Spačal is a postmedia artist working at the intersection of living systems research, contemporary and sound art. Her artistic research focuses on entanglements of the environment-culture continuum. By developing interfaces and relations with soil agents, she addresses the posthuman condition that involves mechanical, digital and organic logic within biopolitics and necropolitics of our times. https://www.agapea.si/en/

Roberto Vodanović Čopor is a multimedia artist. In his music, he often combines the sounds of nature or the sounds of cities, and uses sounds created from everyday objects as a background. He has published three collections of poetry: Insomnia, Almost a Little Book and Walls are barking. He is also an author or co-author of several performances that he often performs as part of his concerts. He has exhibited his artwork on several exhibitions. https://copor.bandcamp.com/

Ivo Vičić is a sound recordist, wildlife sound recordist and music producer. His portfolio includes sounds for documentaries, ambient music, art installations, sound backgrounds etc. His field recordings are included in the British library catalogue. In 2015, some of his Nature albums (field recording albums) were included in the British library. https://ivovicic.bandcamp.com/

Leah Barclay is a sound artist, designer and researcher who works at the intersection of art, science and technology. Leah’s research and creative work over the last decade has investigated innovative approaches to recording and disseminating the soundscapes of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems to inform conservation, scientific research and public engagement. Her work explores ways we can use creativity, new technologies and emerging science to reconnect communities to the environment and inspire climate action. http://leahbarclay.com/

The work of the artist Robertina Šebjanič 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. https://robertina.net/

Manja Ristić was born in Belgrade 1979. She is a violinist, sound artist, curator, and researcher mostly active in the fields of instrumental improvisation, soundscape composition & experimental sound-related arts. She graduated at the Belgrade Music Academy, then gained PGDip at the Royal College of Music, London. Her work blends an exploration of intuitive composition and sonic ecologies. http://manjaristic.blogspot.com/

Adriatic Garden | aqua_forensic 2.0 

by Robertina Šebjanič (SI) and Gjino Šutić (HR), UR Institute (HR), PiNA (SI) and Ars Electronica (AT).

In partnership with: IZIS festival (SI); Youth Center Dubrovnik (HR); Art Workshop Lazareti (HR); Kontejner / Touch Me festival 2020 (HR); The City of Dubrovnik – The Administrative Department for Education, Sports, Social Welfare and Civil Society (HR); City Art Gallery Ljubljana (SI); Sektor (SI), Projekt Atol Institute (SI); Marko Vivoda (SI); Manja Ristić (SB); Computer History Museum Society (SI); Polona Torkar (SI); Miha Godec (SI); RUK (SI); KONS (SI); PIFcamp (Sl); LaBoral (SP); Aquarium Pula (HR).

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Adriatic Garden | aqua_forensic 2.0 

Ars Electronica 2020: In Kepler’s Gardens
Festival for Art, Technology Society
9.-13. September 2020
https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/ 


Adriatic Garden workshops | aqua_forensic 2.0

Adriatic Garden workshops | aqua_forensic 2.0

A person stumbling upon a plastic bag or packaging on lovely Adriatic beaches or in the refreshing Adriatic sea might normally be horrified, yet is able to remove himself somewhere where his eyes and mind are spared of the horrid visible pollutants. But what about the pollutants s/he cannot see? What can/will s/he do about that?

The workshop aqua_forensic at the Adriatic Garden will introduce you to the problem of invisible water pollutants. The goal of the workshop is to make the invisible anthropogenic pollutants and their effects on water habitats visible. We will be present by a short intro lecture presentation of all the invisible pollutants – from chemical to the sonic levels. Part of the workshop will be also gathering and analysing samples of local seawater and seabed and utilizing some informative “forensic” strategies through a hybrid (science, DIY citizen science and art) approach to thoroughly investigate these topics. We will also give you the opportunity to listen to the underwater soundscapes with hydrophones, as well as discuss the underwater noise pollution and its presence in the Adriatic sea.

The workshops will be held on:

  • 11 Sept 2020 from 11AM – 1.30PM @ PiNA, Koper, Slovenia with Robertina Šebjanič and Miha Godec as mentors
  • 9-13 September @ Youth center in Dubrovnik, Croatia with Gjino Šutić and Ur institute team as mentors

In order for us to be able to adhere to all health and safety recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are limiting the number of participants.

Adriatic Garden | aqua_forensic 2.0

by Robertina Šebjanič (SI) and Gjino Šutić (HR), UR Institute (HR), PiNA (SI) and Ars Electronica (AT). 

In partnership with: IZIS festival (SI); Youth Center Dubrovnik (HR); Art Workshop Lazareti (HR); Kontejner / Touch Me festival 2020 (HR); The City of Dubrovnik – The Administrative Department for Education, Sports, Social Welfare and Civil Society (HR); City Art Gallery Ljubljana (SI); Sektor (SI), Projekt Atol Institute (SI); Marko Vivoda (SI); Manja Ristić (SB); Computer History Museum Society (SI); Polona Torkar (SI); Miha Godec (SI); RUK (SI); KONS (SI); PIFcamp (Sl); LaBoral (SP); Aquarium Pula (HR).

Ars Electronica 2020: In Kepler’s Gardens
Festival for Art, Technology Society
9.-13. September 2020
https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/ 

Adriatic Garden | aqua_forensic 2.0 


 

The “Aqua_Forensic” Exhibitions at Ars Electronica Garden: Adriatic sea

Aqua_forensic is an artwork that will be exhibited at various locations during the Ars Electronica Garden: Adriatic sea  :

This includes the group exhibition Living Objects at the City Art Gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 2.9 till 1.11 2020.

aqua_forensoc at City Art Gallery, Ljublajna, photo by Andrej Peunik

At the Art workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where it will be part of the EMAP – European Media Art Platform group exhibition „Quarantine“ organized by KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis in partnership with UR Institute;

the group exhibition Future Life, at LaBoral in Gijon, Spain, from 3.9 – 12.12 2020.

as well as at the Ars Electronica festival 2020 in Linz, Austria from 9.9 – 13. 9 2020.