audio – visual performance
with living system
Venue: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Great Hall     Day: SUN 19 NOV 2017     Time: 2 pm
Photo: © photo by Le Cube
audio – visual performance with living system
Robertina Šebjanič
Aurelia 1+Hz/proto viva sonification
CYNETART Day 4 - Sunday afternoon
“There are still songs to sing beyond mankind.” Paul Celan (Threadsuns)

Aurelia 1+Hz/proto viva sonification is an interactive performance that explores, using jellyfish, the phenomena of interspecies communication, sonification of the environment, and underwater acoustic/bioacoustics. Jellyfish are one of the rare kind of organism that seem perfectly suited for the Anthropocene era. The current 6th Mass Extinction may not apply to them. In fact, their numbers are growing. It has not yet been established how they communicate. Do they feel vibration? Aurelia aurita’s gravity receptors (calcium crystals) are the same as in the human inner ear. The performance features live transmitted sound, generated by Aurelia aurita (also known as moon jellyfish). Sound loops containing recordings of the jellyfish and sonic experiments generated from jellyfish blooms recorded in the sea are mixed into a new soundscape score that is assembled into an immersive sonic and visual experience. The artists consider the exploration of interspecies communication to be crucial in the development of a better understanding of the earth’s environment and for the restoration of a deeper relationship between all forms of life.

4pm : Public lecture: presentation of the performance Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification

On the topic of the the interspecies communication, the jellyfish – human interaction, water ecology ... Artist Robertina Šebjanič will present the research and the backbone of the project Aurelia 1+Hz, with special focus on the the process of sonification of living systems. The sonification of environment, or sonification of processes, is communication, and is, therefore, a step towards understanding inter-species communication and inter-species co-existence.

Robertina Šebjanič (SI) works in the intersection of art, technology and science. Her work encompasses immersive installations, av performances, workshops that tackle philosophical questions of our society to the understanding of living systems and their interaction with the environment. Her ideas and concepts are often developed in collaboration with others, through interdisciplinary integration. She is a member of Hackteria Network and Theremidi Orchestra. She was awarded an Honorary Mention @Prix Ars Electronica 2016, nomination for STARTS2016 and nomination for the White Aphroid award. She is part of SHAPE2017 platform. Robertina is an internationally exhibited artist. She performed / presented / exhibited at solo and group exhibitions as well as in gallery’s, biennials, triennials and festivals: Ars electronica_Linz, Kosmica_Mexico City, Le Cube_Paris, Art Laboratory Berlin, Piksel_Bergen, Device art_Zagreb & Eastern Bloc_Montreal, Eyebeam_New York, PORTIZMIR#3_ Izmir, Kiblix festival_Maribor, Gallery Kapelica_Ljubljana ...

Technical support by Slavko Glamočanin
Production and premiere: DécaLab and L e Cube - Centre de création numérique, 2015
Awarded with Honorary Mention​ ​@ Prix​ ​Ars​ ​Electronica​ ​2016​ ​Interactive​ ​Art+
video about all the context of the research opus Aurelia 1+Hz

Slavko Glamočanin began in computer ’demoscene’, where he was mostly active in making music. This continued with organization of demo parties, mostly drum and bass parties. At that time he coproduced a lot of CDs (organization/press/promotion) under the publishing house Monkibo, among which also the first slovenian breakbeat compilation ’Monkorama’ which contained his creations as well.

He continued with programming and exploring the media and for that purpose he created a programming platform ’napava’ and collaborated with Neven Korda in different projects such as video source/effect manipulator. Besides that, he occasionally Vjjed at parties. After one-way video/effect he proceeded with interactive projects, starting with Play VJ that enabled manipulation of video with the movement of hands through the space above which there was a camera. Afterward followed the seminar task at the faculty - virtual skiing which was hosted in Hevreka and presented at the IEEE conference. It contained 3d ski run, made by the OpenGL technology through which you were able to ski with moving of the body from left, right or lower for the speed (camera followed the movements). The next idea was the ping pong game, transmitted to another medium: v-pong. This game was projected on the floor and the players could play by interfering with projection, their movements were interpreted by a camera above them. It turned out to be very popular at night urban situations.

Sunday ticket: 8 / 5 EUR (full / reduced, valid 10 am to 8 pm for all programme elements of the day)

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