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Robertina Šebjanič, Victoria Vesna & James K. Gimzewski: SUBAQUATIC SOUND SCAPE

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Friday, August 26th, 15.00–16.30
Foyer of the Old Power Station – Elektro Ljubljana 

In the entrance hall of Stara mestna elektrarna, Robertina Šebjanič will set up her Subaquatic Soundscape, an installation that immerses visitors in the underwater sounds of the ocean recoded by the artist using a hydrophone across different seas. With her project Robertina Šebjanič brushes aside the veil of anthropocentric certainty that cannot see (or hear) beyond its own world, presenting the wealth of sounds found below the surface of the sea, in many ways even richer than those heard above water.

At the conference Robertina will, together with Victoria Vesna and James K. Gimzewski, illuminate subjects addressed by the installation, such as the problems of noise and sound pollution affecting the seas and oceans, as well as other factors of pollution, from the nano-level of various toxins and plastic particles to the macro-level of global situations threatening the seas in the age of Anthropocene.

Robertina Šebjanič is an inter-media artist whose works address the relationships between art, science and technology. In recent years, she’s been focusing on living systems in particular. Her artistic exploratory processes result in audiovisual performances and sound art, as well as complex submersible configurations / installations.

Victoria Vesna is a professor at the UCLA and the director of the Art|Sci centre at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). For decades, she has been engaged in the field of marine ecosystems and the research of the impact of environmental change on our planet. She is also the co-founder of the website waterbodies.org.

James K. Gimzewski is a physicist who pioneered research on electrical contacts with single atoms and molecules and light emission using scanning tunneling microscopy. He is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles; Faculty Director of the Nano & Pico Characterization Core Facility of the California NanoSystems Institute; Scientific Director of the Art|Sci Center and Principal Investigator and Satellites Co-Director of the WPI Center for Materials NanoArchitectonics (MANA) in Japan. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society.