Water in (post)Anthropocene

Robertina Šebjanič (SI), Gjino Šutić (HR)

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Sat Sep 10, 2022, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Ars Electronica Center, Bio Lab
Number of participants: 15
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DIY chemical and digital water analytics – researching effect of the invisible anthropogenic molecular pollutants in the waters and emerging methodologies of remediation

The workshop brings the invisible world of contemporary microscale and nanoscale/molecular water pollutants – the smallest but potent residues of human activity; unsustainable consumerism, urbanization, and exploitation of the world waters and life within.

How can experimental science and art be used for researching and remediating this problem using digital and bio technologies – we invite you to join and find out.

After sampling of water and alluvial soil of Donau river, experimental analysis using DIY chemical and digital technologies will follow in the search for micro & nanopollutants.
Participants will also be acquainted with experimental engineering of a bioelectronic system – Microbial fuel cell – emerging (bio)technology that can be used inwater sensing, pollution monitoring, filtration, and even electric power generation.


Robertina Šebjanič: Artist/researcher Robertina Šebjanič explores the biological, (geo)political and cultural characteristics of aquatic environments and the impact of humans on other organisms. Her projects call for developing empathetic strategies to recognise the other (non-human) species. She received numerous awards/nominations for her work, including Prix Ars Electronica (Honorary mention), Starts Prize and Falling Walls.
Gjino Šutić: biotechnologist, post-modern new media artist, biohacker, innovator, educator. Founder & director of Universal Research Institute for applied scientific research, development of related culture and art. Creator and producer of a large number of hybrid projects and programs combining biotechnology, experimental electronics, ecological engineering and science related art recognized on local, national and international level.


Workshop developed by Gjino Šutić and Robertina Šebjanič through the framework of STARTS4Water project – Zero pollution Adriatic residency at UR Institute, cofunded by the STARTS program of the European Union.