___Water pollution is an urgent topic, we are all aware of it. In a perfect and ecologically conscious world, this statement would certainly be true. Even the many ecologically conscious people who are striving to daily better their lifestyle often have a blurred and vague idea about the extent of the water issue.

Here on the Transnatural blog, we want to explore together the many facets of the threatens that our water (re)sources are facing in our contemporary world. How can we save our water resources, preserve them and purify them?

In the Age of post Drought exhibition looks at three main issues: water scarcity, water pollution, and desertification. Our artist’s work research in-depth the issue and tackles topics that are often left behind or even totally ignored.

Water scarcity and desertification have historically gotten the biggest share of media attention. Do we know all how we are irrevocably compromising our aquatic future on this planet? Who talks, for example, about microplastic water pollution? What were the elements involved in the recent banning of the pulse fishing technique, what are the alternatives and what is the aftermath material waste?

We want to start today by introducing a new threat that is bound to change the fauna behavior of our rivers, lakes, and seas. Robertina Šebjanič, artist who works in the cross-field art-science-technology, has been conducting a years long study and art practice dedicated to water sound pollution. The effects of this pollution form are as urgent as neglected by mainstream media coverage and scientific research.

Have you ever imagined how the subaqueous world sounds like?

Artist Robertina Šebjanič did not limit herself to the imagination and decided to record sounds from the seas and oceans that she visited, armed with a homemade hydrophone. The experience resulted in an ongoing artistic and scientific research which is documented by the multiple vinyl album Aquatocene – Subaquatic quest for serenity. Human and technological interference into the subaquatic realm, caused by ships, sonars and sound cannons (a tool used during oil extraction explorations) have destructive effects on the marine habitats and it is known to be connected to phenomena such as the beaching of whales and the so-called Lombard effect, which brings certain species to become louder themselves in order to overcome the increased background noise.

The goal of the project is to record, archive and perform the anthropocentric under water nuisance. During the AV performances conducted by the artist herself (sometimes in collaboration with other sound or light artists) the recordings come alive and an interactive ambiental immersive environment is created.

Robertina Šebjanič is currently exposing her ongoing project Aquatocene in our exhibition space and will conduct a related workshop during the upcoming festival Into the Great Wide Open.

To read more about the history of her practice we refer you to this insightful interview posted on the blog We make art not money.



Written by Stephanie Busuito