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.


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).


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


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. 


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 


SonoAdriatic tales online sound exhibition opening
Thu Sep 10, 2020, 8:00 am – 8:40 am (UTC +2)

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

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)

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

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).

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