Earthbound — In Dialogue with Nature

Robertina Šebjanič

CO_SONIC 1884 KM², 2021-22

The audio-visual installation Co_Sonic 1884 km2 by Robertina Šebjanič immerses the viewer in the Ljubljanica River by adopting the point of view of the animals that inhabit it. Although the river has been given seven different names over the years, because it is made up of a collection of partially subterranean rivers that were once considered separate, it is a single body of water, perceived and experienced differently by humans and animals. By filming and recording the sounds of the river and the cohabitation of the different species, the artist sets out to offer a non-human point of view, while testifying to the impact on biodiversity caused by human activities related to the exploitation of the river. The sounds and images of the river are also manipulated by means of artificial intelligence, to create an audio-visual experience that aims to solicit the spectator's empathy towards an ecosystem and its endangered inhabitants.

Robertina Šebjanič (SI) is an artist whose work explores the biological, chemical, political and cultural realities of aquatic environments and the impact of humanity on other organisms. Her projects call for the development of empathetic strategies aimed at recognising the rights of other (non-human) species. 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. She lives in Ljubljana.