28.10. – 5.12.2010
Author: Robertina Šebjanič
Programming: Žiga Kranjec and Luka Frelih
Expert co-workers and advisors: biologist Špela Petrič and Urban Belina
On 10 November, at 7 p.m. the curator Irena Čerčnik will host a debate with Robertina Šebjanič and Špela Petrič, her expert co-worker.
Robertina Šebjanič, who expresses her artistic self predominantly through video and new media practices has always been known for her experimental approach. She likes to explore the technical characteristics of the medium and she skillfully takes advantage of the possibilities offered by the new technologies. Lately this has been joined by her dedication to the current social and environmental issues, especially the one that deals with the issues of co-existence and co-dependency. Her involvement is never a questionable delivery of a seemingly objective truth that would be based merely on a non-critical recapitulation of results from various sources. She tries to stimulate the viewer’s realisation of his responsibility, but not by causing uneasiness or giving instructions but through a playful manner that uses the work of art to create an interactive environment that leads the viewer through cooperation, intervention and observation of the consequences and makes him to think about the issues that represent the central theme in her work. This certainly holds true for her most recent work Futuro Autopoiesis, which touches ecological issues and will be exhibited for the first time in Likovni salon Celje. The setting, for which it could be said that it in some segments obtains the characteristics of a computer game, will lead the visitor into an active presentation of the fragile ecosystem. With the use of the interactive interface the viewer will be able to change the environmental factors and thus influence the events. The viewer will not be merely an observer from the sidelines, but one of the main sources of the environmental disorders. The establishment of a situation that leads the viewer to critically reflect upon his influence on the stability or instability of the ecosystem is the main intention behind the Futuro Autopoiesis project, which is based on the artist’s research and her cooperation with the experts in the field of biology and technology.
Robertina Šebjanič has a few independent presentations under her belt (Galerija Alkatraz, Studio SCCA Ljubljana, Kiberpipa Ljubljana, Kibela Maribor) as well as numerous co-operations at group exhibitions and festivals at home and abroad. Networking is an important characteristic of her work as an artist, for it reaches from creating projects with other artists to cooperating with experts from other disciplines. Such are for instance the project Connected by signals (2009), which deals with communication and the transfer of information and its interpretation, that emerged in cooperation with the Swedish artist Mari Lagerquist, or the video installation Break of Whiteness (2010) that was created together with Mirjana Batinić. The interactive installation Pufination (2008) that exposes the relation to the coexisting as an important part of one’s survival and represents a group of objects/robots that communicate amongst themselves using a wireless network and with people through touch, sound, light and vibrations, emerged in cooperation with the connoisseur of new technologies and software developer Luka Frelih. The work exhibited on this occasion is also a product of the cooperation with Frelih. This work - that emerged in cooperation with experts from the field of biology - deals with ecological issues that are gaining in ideological dimensions and are often a victim of political and market manipulations and threats. The starting point of the interactive work which is based on the schematic presentation of the food chain that leads from the primary diatomea to their predators harpacticid copepod and their predators - jellyfish, is represented by the findings in the observations that were in the past years performed by the researches at the Marine Biology Station Piran.
Robertina Šebjanič studied at the Department of Sculpting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. Prior to this she completed her studies at the Famul Stuart School of Applied Arts in Ljubljana and in the years 2005/2006 she also attended the Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg, Sweden (Multimedia department). She lives and works in Ljubljana.
Production: LJUDMILA, Ljubljana digital media lab at KUD F. Prešeren Trnovo. The project emerged in cooperation with the Marine Biology Station Piran and the financial support of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission at the UNESCO Slovene National Committee, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Town Municipality of Ljubljana.