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 art work Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator (artist proof) is since 2019 part of the BEEP Electronic Art Collection, Spain. Her works received awards and nominations at Prix Ars Electronica, Starts Prize, and Falling Walls. She has exhibited or performed solo at ZKM (Karlsruhe), CCCB (Barcelona), Gallery Cukrarna (Ljubljana), Matadero (Madrid), WRO Bienalle (Wroclaw), Ars Electronica (Linz), Art Laboratory (Berlin), Eastern Bloc (Montreal), Laboratorio Arte Alameda (Ciudad de Mexico), and more.
Residency: Getty PST ART 2024 X UCLA Art|Sci Center
Feb 10th, 2022 | Artist in Residence: Robertina Šebjanič, Song of Trouble Worlds = Songs for Serenity
Over the past years, the central focus of Robertina Šebjanič’s research-based work has been the study of the aquatic environment and the impact of the human imprint on aquatic environments and its consequences/challenges.
She will present how her artistic and scientific research is conducted and how she combines the experience of the field trips and interaction in diverse and interdisciplinary collaborations into poetic artworks.
Further Involvement: UCLA Art|Sci Center
Oct 2nd-9th, 2020 | Ars Electronica Noise Aquarium Panel: Vibrations, Frequencies & Ecotistical Art Sci Works, hosted by the Laznia Center for Contemporary Art
This is a very special moment as the pandemic has actually made the seas and oceans quiet and the underwater creatures happy and scientists are able to make a comparison with the pre-industrial age. Many on the land are reporting that they hear birds again which were either drowned out by noise or forgotten to exist. So, we have a chance to listen and take a moment and consider, imagine how we would like our future to look once the virus goes away. This is the time for artists and scientists – those of fortunate enough to be in safe spaces with a job — to work together and raise the frequency of our collective brain waves and move away from consumerism to new ways of thinking and being that respects and honors not only the scientific and technological advances but also the ancient and indigenous wisdoms.
Robertina Šebjanič will join the discussion and present the most recent Aquatic Garden she organized for Ars Electronica 2020.
Nov 11th, 2018 | Conference: Taboo – Transgression – Transcendence in Art & Science, with Joel Ong, Victoria Vesna, Ioannis Bardakos, Linus Lancaster, Marta de Menezes, Robertina Šebjanič, and others
The third international interdisciplinary conference “Taboo – Transgression – Transcendence in Art & Science” will take place in 11-13 November 2018 in Mexico City, hosted by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and the Centro de Cultura Digital. Including theoretical and artwork presentations TTT2018 continues to focus: a) on questions about the nature of the forbidden and about the aesthetics of liminality – as expressed in art that uses or is inspired by technology and science, b) in the opening of spaces for creative transformation in the merging of science and art. Coordinated in partnership with the program of the FACTT 2018 – Festival Art & Science Trans-disciplinary and Trans-national the conference is co-organized by the Research and Creation Group Arte+Ciencia, UNAM (Mexico), Arte Institute (USA), Cultivamos Cultura (Portugal) besides the Department of Audio and Visual Arts, Ionian University (Greece).
July 6th, 2017 | Symposium: Fluid Visualization and Sound Matters – Bridging Art, Science and Visualization, with Victoria Vesna, Alfred Vendl, Martina Fröschl, Robertina Šebjanič, and others
On July 6, 2017, the symposium on “Fluid Visualization and Sound Matters“ will bring at the Angewandte Innovation Lab (AIL) together artists, scientists, and experts working in the field of scientific visualisation and visual effects to develop a cross-disciplinary understanding of how art and science contribute to raising awareness of the current massive ecological crisis of marine ecologies and identify a suitable epistemological framing for this global challenge: Overfishing, pollution, acidification, and rising temperatures due to climate change are the main factors that have been putting tremendous stress on marine ecologies for decades.