Robertina Šebjanič & Gjino Šutić + Veronica Liebl | aqua_forensic


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Robertina Šebjanič & Gjino Šutić with a guest Veronika Liebl (Ars Electronica)

Artists and researchers Robertina Šebjanič (Ljubljana) and Gjino Šutić (Zagreb/Dubrovnik) will present the aqua_forensic artist book and hold a lecture on the subject of invisible water pollution. Joining Šebjanič and Šutić at the event will be special guest Veronika Liebl, the head of residency programmes at the Ars Electronica festival.

Liebl will present diverse activities of the Ars Electronica festival and introduce the residency programme including EMAP/EMARE in frames of which the aqua_forensic project was produced. She will speak about citizen science and its importance in raising public awareness about important issues. Her activities are mainly focused on artistic and scientific collaborations and she has initiated and led several large-scale initiatives and partnerships.

Artists and researchers Robertina Šebjanič and Gjino Šutić will present the artist book, its research background within the artist-in-residence programme in Linz and Dubrovnik, and the development of the aqua_forensic project.

Šebjanič & Šutić’s aqua_forensic project illuminates and reflects upon the invisible anthropogenic pollutants–heavy metals, oils, antibiotics, leftovers of phytopharmaceutical products, residues of industrial production and human consumption–in the world’s water habitats and strives to open up a discussion on the subject of human empathy towards (sub)aquatic habitats. The project raises questions of aquaforming in the period of the Anthropocene and of the human imprint on the waters. But more than that, the artists raise the crucial question: How do the oceans feel our impact?


The project is supported by Ars Electronica as part of the EMAP/EMARE residency programme with the support of Projekt Atol Institute (SI), UR Institute (HR), Sektor Institute (SI), Čistoća Dubrovnik (HR), City of Ljubljana, 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.

Since 2018 the aqua_forensic project has been exhibited / presented: Ars Electronica Festival in Linz; WRO Biennale in Wroclaw; Mirage Festival in Lyon, Impact in Utrecht; GOGBOT in Enschede; Švicarija in Ljubljana; Ars Electronica Export @ DRIVE in Berlin, and Bandits-Mages in Bourges.


Robertina Šebjanič

Robertina Šebjanič is an artist/researcher whose work explores the biological, (geo)political, and cultural realities of aquatic environments and the impact of humanity on other organisms. In her analysis of the Anthropocene and its theoretical framework, the artist uses the terms "aquatocene" and "aquaforming" to refer to the human impact on aquatic environments. Her work received several awards and nominations at Prix Ars Electronica, Starts Prize, Falling Walls, Re:Humanism a.o.

Gjino Šutić

Gjino Šutić is a bio-technologist, an 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.

Veronika Liebl

Veronika Liebl is a director of European Cooperation, Organisation and Finance at the Ars Electronica festival. She has an interdisciplinary background in non-profit, culture and innovation management. Her research and field of work is mainly focused on art and science collaborations, where she has launched and managed several large-scale initiatives such as the European Digital Art and Science Network. She currently conducts Ars Electronica’s European collaboration projects in the fields of culture, research and education and has developed–together with her team–a number of projects such as STARTS Prize or the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab.

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