Aurelia 1 +Hz / proto viva generator

Robertina Šebjanič (SI)

POSTCITY, Bunker, Säulenhalle/Paketspeicher

Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator addresses the possibilities of coexistence of animals and machines. The project uses living organisms to process “aliveness” of a simple robotic machine.

The two entities – jellyfish and robot – are separated. If they merge into one, causing new biocybernetic organism to occur, would they be able to live forever?

Pulsating through the world’s oceans for over 500 million years, the jellyfish are the perfect evolutionary archive. The eternity of the jellyfish species – some are even immortal– has been fueling even the most ancient human thoughts on eternal life.

Improved living conditions in a technologically advanced world enable human beings to live significantly longer than in the past. But how long is long enough? The answer to this question appears to be in the use the powers of geo-bio-politics that divides our society into those who are able to prolong their lives, and into those who are merely trying to survive. The historical tactics of civilizations trying to ensure their cultural immortality are today contrasted by the (bio)technological possibilities of designing life, demanding a new, critical redefinition of social values.

The Aurelia 1+Hz project is divided in two parts; the performance Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification looks into a new critical redefinition of social values and new attitude towards cohabitation of interspecies while the installation Aurelia 1+ Hz / proto viva generator deals with the biopolicy of prolonging life.


Project Credits:

  • Artist: Robertina Šebjanič
  • Production 2019 (artist’s proof):
  • The BEEP Electronic Art Collection and NewArtFoundation
  • Consultancy: Vicente Matallana and Sandra Castillo (LaAgencia)
  • Coordination support: Sektor Institute
  • Mechanical part development: Scenart, d.o.o. (SI)
  • Technical support, programming: Slavko Glamočanin
  • Special thank you for support: Aquarium in Pula and Vienna Zoo – Aquarium, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, Sektor Institute
  • Post-production 2018:
  • Post-production: La Gaîté lyrique | Le lieu des cultures numériques (FR)
  • Mechanical part development: Scenart, d.o.o. (SI)
  • Technical support, programming: Slavko Glamočanin
  • Jellyfish & care of biological part: l’Aquarium tropical du Palais de la Porte Dorée (FR)
  • Production 2014:
  • Production: Gallery Kapelica (SI), Zavod Praksa (SI)
  • Technical support, programming: Slavko Glamočanin (SI)
  • Mechanical part development: Miha Presker (SI)
  • Care of biological part: Kristijan Tkalec (SI) and Robertina Šebjanič (SI)
  • Consultancy: Prof. Dr. Alenka Malej, Marine biology station Piran (SI)
  • Stainless steel: Roman B. (SI)
  • Production support: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana Department for Culture (SI)
  • Special thanks: Cubic Aquarium Systems, PORTIZMIR#3 (TR)



Robertina Šebjanič (SI) is an internationally exhibited and awarded artist, based in Ljubljana. Her art and research are focused on cultural, (bio)political and biological realities of aquatic environments, which serves as a starting point to investigate and tackle the philosophical questions at the intersection of art, technology and science.